March 6th-10th, 2018 – Recording of a new album in NYC
“Walt Whitman’s Poetry Turns into Music” connected with two concerts – WMC & the cell theater!!
Excited to be part of this great international band – Nikolaj Nikitin sax; RobertPospiš MartinSillay vocal, guitar; Hanka G vocal; John Peters organ, Taru Alexander drums and Stanley Banks bass!!!
We are recording new album in NYC connected with two concerts in New York:
March 8th in Williamsburg Music Cente:
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March 9th at the cell theater in Manhattan:
Come and support good music at one of our concerts ?❤️
“In this project Walt Whitman’s poetry gets a fresh twist with a unique blend of preeminent American and Slovak musicians. The poetic verse of an Iconic American poet gets a new and vibrant color being translated into the beautiful and melodic Slovak language by one of Slovakia’s poet laureates. This innovative project culminates into an imaginative album project.” (credit: Melanie Scholtz)
Are you going to be there? Grab your tickets now to this exceptional concert!
This concert is taking place on the occasion of recording new album “Walt Whitman Project” in The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in NYC. The ambition of this project is to promote Slovak music in the USA, draw together the European and American tradition of folk genre and attract multi-generational audience and fans of poetry. The producers of the album have chosen the poetry of Walt Whitman, famous American poet, where the material is drawn from his poetry collections, translated to Slovak language by famous poet laureates. The music is based on current trends in jazz, folk, soul and blues music. The concert repertoire will be a combination of newly recorded music and originals from the previous projects of the band members.
Slovak side is represented by musicians: Hanka G (vocal), Rober Pospis (vocal), Martin Sillay (guitar) and Nikolaj Nikitin (sax)
American side is represented by musicians: John Peters (organ/piano), Stanley Banks (bass) and Taru Alexander (drums)
John Peters (organ) is one of the most respected organ players in US gospel scene, recorded over 300 projects and worked with Alicia Keys, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark, Clifton Davis and many others.
Stanley Banks (bass) is a legendary bassist who is 35 years band member of 10 time Grammy award winning artist George Benson and recorded several albums with him. He worked also with Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jareau, Etta James and countless others.
Taru Alexander (drums) is a son of legendary American post-bob jazz tenor saxophone player Roland Alexander who performed and recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett, Rodney Kendrick, Branford Marsalis, etc…More information on www.tarualexander.com
Hanka G (vocal), one of the most respected jazz singers from Slovakia living in New York who released three solo albums and has been acknowledged as “The Best of the Next Generation” by Cassandra Wilson. Hanka cooperated with with Anthony Wonsey, Marcus McLaurine, Carlton Holmes, Kris Funn, John Lamkin, Rodney Kendrick, Kenny Davis and many others..More information on www.hankag.com
Nikolaj Nikitin (sax) is one of the best saxophone players and composers in Slovakia, who released three solo albums and on those recordings cooperated with Miroslav Vitous, Patches Stewart, Klemens Marktl, Cluster Ensemble, etc…
Robert Pospis (vocal) and Martin Sillay (guitar) Both musicians are respected not only as active performers but also as producers of reputable Slovak music and founders of the renowned publishing company Real House Music. They have released eight solo albums and more than fifty records as producers and sound engineers. More information on www.realmusichouse.sk
This concert is supported by the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York, SOZA, Bratislavsky Samospravny Kraj and Music Centre Slovakia. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.
Since the music is just going to be recorded, we can put this musical sample of former projects of band members:
Hanka G – “Hymn To Freedom” from CD “Twin Flame” music by Oscar Peterson, lyrics by Hanka G:
February 5th, 2018 – “Twin Flame” album nominated for “The best jazz album of the 2017” at the “Radio_Head Awards” in Slovakia!
We are thrilled to receive this fantastic news that our duo album (my third solo album) “Twin Flame” has been nominated for “The best jazz album of the 2017” at the “Radio_Head Awards” in Slovakia!! The ceremony will take place on March 15th.
January 15th, 2018 – Hanka accompanied by John Peters on organ opening up the concert with Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn To Freedom” with Hanka’s original lyrics.
Come and join us on Monday, January 15th on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day for a special program in tribute to Dr. King!
The Green Pastures Baptist Choir, directed by Reverend Roger Hambrick
Guest Performance by Kinneret Day School Choir, directed by Brian Gelfand
All of my good friends in NY, please come and support this great event!
December, 2017 – Hanka & Ondrej Krajnak Christmas tour in Europe promoting CD “Twin Flame”
July, 2017 – Hanka has signed up to “Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition” – VOTE & SUPPORT here:
Hanka has signed up to “Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition”. She has recorded three songs in the TEDESCO Studios in NJ, NY with Anthony Wonsey (piano), Marcus McLaurine (bass) & Taru Alexander (drums)
Listen, support & vote here – OVERVIEW: VOTE HERE
1st song – I Love You Porgy
2nd song – Blues In The Night
3rd song – How High The Moon
4th song – LIVE – LIVE – Hymn To Freedom – O. Peterson
June, 2017 – Hanka & Ondrej Krajnak – LIVE performance at Esprit Awards broadcasted by Slovak National TV – Hanka’s new solo album “Twin Flame” with Ondrej Krajňák nominated for “The Best Jazz Album of The Year 2016”
LIVE from Esprit jazz award ceremony!!
Enjoy Oscar Peterson’s tune “Hymn To Freedom”
Hanka G – vocal & lyrics
Ondrej Krajnak – piano
McCoy Tyner’s tune “I’ll Be Around”
Both from our album “Twin Flame” nominated for “The Best Jazz Album of 2016”
My dress made by fantastic tailor on 125th street in Harlem :-), were made specially for this occasion to pay tribute to all exceptional African-American jazz musicians, creators of the best music in the world!
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