June, 2017 – Hanka has been very honored by being nominated and awarded by the most prestigious jazz award – “Jazzman of the year 2017 – Ladislav Martonik award” by professional jury represented by Music Fund in Slovakia.
Every year, professional jury represented by Music Fund in Slovakia select in secret voting the best and the most significant jazz musician of the year. The award has been named after famous Slovak trumpet player Ladislav Martonik. Hanka has been selected by the jury for her “Extraordinary recordings & live performances”. This award is a life time achievement award and is given to jazz musician in recognition of extraordinary success in the field of jazz music. The official award ceremony will take place on October 3rd, 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
30.04.2017 – Hanka’s new solo album “Twin Flame” with Ondrej Krajňák nominated for “The Best Jazz Album of The Year 2016” – Esprit Awards
Hanka’s new solo album “Twin Flame” is nominated for “The Best Jazz Album Of The Year 2016” in Slovakia. She will perform songs from her album live at award ceremony on the International Jazz Day, April 30th, 2017.
14.12.2016 – Hanka is releasing her new solo album “Twin Flame” with Ondrej Krajňák
In December 2016, Hanka released her third solo album recorded in duo with pianist Ondrej Krajňák, who also worked on her previous two CDs. The album is called “Twin Flame” and pays tribute to celebrated jazz pianists. Hanka decided to work with selected instrumental tunes written by well-known jazz pianists, vocalized them and wrote her own lyrics. (Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Ernest Oláh – famous gipsy Slovak pianist, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk, Ondrej Krajňák and Mal Waldron). At the same time, this album represents the pinnacle of cooperation with one of the Europe best composers-pianists, Ondrej Krajňák originally from Slovakia. The album was named after his original composition “Twin Flames”. This name captures the essence of both artists whose music is something like karmic twin flames, representing one soul in two bodies, the exquisite balance between a female and male principle.
I Mean You – Thelonious Monk/Hanka G – lyrics by Hanka G
Hymn To Freedom – Oscar Peterson/Hanka G – written and recorded in memory of M. L. King and support of all African-American people and their fight for equal rights.
August, 2016 – Signing artist representation with OJAH MEDIA GROUP and relocating to New York
Hanka has been recently signed by OJAH MEDIA GROUP, a label that represents a variety of well-established jazz artists. The agency represents artists such as Cassandra Wilson, the two-time Grammy award winner and the best American jazz singer according to TIME magazine. Thanks to Ms. Cassandra Wilson and representation by OJAH MEDIA GROUP, Hanka decided to pursue her career in the U.S.A. and moved to New York in August, 2016 where she currently lives.
Tribute to Wayne Shorter – “Infant Eyes”
Let me introduce you a very special tribute to one of the great saxophone players – Wayne Shorter and his tune “Infant Eyes” dedicated to his daughter when she was about six – who’s documentary “Zero Gravity” will be released soon. We made it as a lullaby…
I decided to include my own pictures from childhood when I was about that age…and grew up in Mongolia.
Enjoy at this special day – with love and light https://youtu.be/MGdKP6b_6OU