THE CURRENT ARTISTSRafael Català
Albert Kreuzer (1960-2011)
Rafael Català, Guitars (www.rafael-catala.com),
His worldwide concerts in many European countries, Japan, the Middle East, Mexico and the USA, (Tokyo Opera Concert Hall, Izumi Hall Osaka; Londons St. John´s Smith Square, Musikverein Vienna as a Soloist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Vienna, Schloss Sanssouci Potsdam/Berlin, Khan Theater Jerusalem) and his awarded CD recordings, for well-known labels such as Sony Classical, have made him a very sought-after musician.
Always looking for something new to include in his work, Rafael Catalá's music tends to originate from diverse sources. He also seeks the cooperation of important Early Music – and jazz musicians to enrich his music and to embrace improvisation and in doing so gives audiences and critics alike a new perspective on the classical & Jazz repertoire, which is enthusiastically received.
He has worked in Duo with major artists such as mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza (Japan Tour 2004), and the baritone Carlos Alvarez.
He regularly leads courses and seminars in various music universities (Munich, Vienna, Bremen): Through his research on Spanish music between 1850 - 1950, and the influence of its main elements (especially flamenco) on the classical guitar repertoire, he has achieved an outstanding international reputation. His works and arrangements are published by Doblinger (Vienna).
Ján Krigovský, Double Bass, violin,
Classical Music: double-bass, violin, early music instruments
Ján Krigovský focuses upon chamber and solo playing, as well as orchestral performances. As a chamber player, he has worked with many ensembles: the Wiener Akademie (under Martin Haselböck); the Ars Antiqua Austria (under Gunar Letzbor); La Cetra Basel (under Ciara Banchini); the Capriccio Basel and many others.
He has worked with prominent conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Serge Baudo, Jordi Savall, René Jacobs, and Sigiswald Kuijken.
Ján Krigovský has played solo at prominent festivals: the Prague Spring, the Wiener Festspielwochen, the Salzburger Festspielwochen, and the Festspielwochen in Munich), as well as at festivals of ancient music in Italy (Cremona, Roma, and Pisa); Austria (Linz and Innsbruck); Switzerland (Basel, Zurich, and Bern); Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Frankfurt, Strassburg, and Schwetzingen); Holland (Amsterdam, The Hague), and Spain (Barcelona).
Professor at Konservatorium Bratislava, at the Kunstakademie Banska Bystrica, Janacek Akademie Brno and at the Masaryk University Brno.
He has recorded for radio and television stations in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany (CPO, WDR, NDR, and ZDF), Austria (ORF, ORF1, and the Institut fur Tyroler Musikforschung in Innsbruck), and France (Pan Clasic and Arcana). As a concert artist, he focuses upon the violin, recorder, dulcimer, piano, and vocals.
Hrvoje Rupcic, Percussion,
He was born 1970, in Zagreb .
In 1993 he starts playing with Boško Petrović, and becomes a member of „BP Club All Stars “. In this band he played and recorded with many legends of jazz music, such as Clark Terry, Bob Mover, Toots Thielemans, Gianni Basso, Philip Catherine, Csaba Deseo, Alvin Queen and Martin Drew. At that time he becomes more involved in the studio work and since then he has played as an instrumentalist on more than a hundred discographical releases. In the fall 1995 he forms and manages his own band „ Cubismo “ thus merging all his musical interests; Latin music and jazz. In the last 10 years Cubismo has become one of the most important Latin –jazz / salsa band in the area.
Cubismo cooperated with the international music stars such as Juan de Marcos Gonzales, Manuel „Puntillita“ Licea, Teresa Garcia Caturla and Amadito Valdez from Buena Vista Social Club, with whom they recorded CD „Motivo Cubano“ in Cuba in 2000.
When touring with these bands he had an opportunity to play with great jazz musicians such as Randy Bracker, Peter Helbozheimer, Bob Mintzer and Yellowjackets.
-With Cubismo he received 20 discographical awards „ Porin“ , as well as other numerous awards.
- He received 6 Croatian Musicians Union Awards „ Status“ for the best instrumentalist, in the Other Instruments Category, that is, percussion. (1996, 1997, 2001, 2003).
Roger Blàvia, Percussion,
Born in 1963 in Barcelona, and working together with Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Poveda and the legendary bassist Carles Benavent, he did concert tours through Europe and South America. Standing as guest to play in the most important European Jazz Festivals as Montreux, Zürich, Barcelona or Madrid.
He is the Jazz percussionist of the year 2001 & 2002 of Spain.
Rafael Bonavita, Baroque Guitar, Lutes, Vihuela, Theorbe,
is internationally recognized within the realm of Early Music as one of the most solid and versatile values in the plucked instrument field.
He carried out an intense concert and pedagogical activity in Europe, Asia and America, collaborating frequently with directors such as Jordi Savall, Rene Jacobs, Marc Minkowski or Gabriel Garrido.
As a complement and enrichment to his main work, Bonavita has often touched on out of the usual repertories, such as medieval music, contemporary or audiovisual music.
Several recordings for Radio and TV in Europe, Asia and America.
Solo CD- Recordings with Lute, Theorbe and Baroque guitar for the Label Enchiriadis with music from Bach, Bartolotti and own compositions.
Albert Kreuzer (1960-2011) , Double Bass,
Born in 1960 in Regensburg, he is cooperating with George Benson, the Theatre in Vienna, Gil Evans, Harry Pepl, Frank Hoffmann, Richard Österreicher’s Big Band and many others. He won the highest cultural award (Kulturpreis) of the province Lower Austria (1991) and he has the Co-foundation of the Jazz academy in Zeilern (since 1989).
Since 1993 he works as a professor at the University of Music in Vienna.