Vit Svec Trio
formation in classical composition (piano, double-bass and drums) originated
in 2000 in Prague with Mexican pianist Mark Anderud. This
collaboration reached its height with the recording of a CD named "Trio '02
which was released by the
publishing house ARTA. The CD was determined by magazine Harmonie as „The best
Czech jazz record of year 2002“. In the same year Mark Anderud was replaced by
a young Slovak piano player Matej Benko and at the beggining of September 2003
Jan Linhart took over drums.
trio performs regularly in Prague's many jazz clubs as well as throughout
Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary, Cheb, Cesky Krumlov, Slany, Prerov, Hradec Kralove,
Liberec, Pisek, Jesenik, Brno) and also abroad (Presov, Kosice, Zvolen, Visegrad,
Berlin, Cottbus, Sibiu, Bucuresti, Chisinau, Madrid-Fitour, Toledo,....).
of 2004 gave birth to a new CD called "Keporkak". It was again
released by ARTA. The CD obtained „Tip of magasine Harmonie“, which is the
highest ranking of Harmonie (03/2005), and its song Dreamer
came out in Japanese sampler Jazz Bar 2005.
The cooperation with Matej Benko peaked in May 2007 by invitation of mr. Tomoyuki Ohsawa to Japan. http://invs.exblog.jp/i31, Vit Svec Trio 公演 Three concerts were performed in Tokyo (czech embassy and twice in Pit Inn jazz club) and one after another in Nagoya (Doxy), Yokohama (Dolphy). http://web.mac.com/strip_01/
CDs (Trio ’02, Keporkak) are sold not only in Japan.
August 2007 Matej Benko left the trio and his place is took over by Jiri Ruzicka.
Vit Svec Trio is focusing on original
compositions by Vit Svec, Jiri Ruzicka and on modern interpretations of
Vit Svec - double bass
was born in Prague. He studied at the State Conservatory in Prague with profeseor Frantisek Posta and following graduation participated at the jazz workshop (with Aladar Pege and Balazs Berkes) in Tatabania, Hungary. Vit was a founder member of Orchestra '85 (later Transjazz) and is featured on their LP “Jazzmagma”. He was a member of the National Theatre Big Band and for many years has worked with trumpeter Michal Gera (recordings include LP “Fata Morgana” and CD “Magomania”). In 1994 he co-founded the group Jazz Unity which has recorded two CDs to date “Soul Eyes” and “My Fooliah Heart”. Beside many others he works with vibes player Radek Krampl in Vibe Fantasy and with singer Jana Koubkova. Vit also is active in the sphere of classical music, performing with the Orchestra of the National Theatre and the Film Symphony Orchestra.
Jiri Ruzicka - piano
Jiri Ruzicka was born in Kromeriz. He graduated the pedagogic faculty and taught czech language for four years. From 1980 to 1984 he was student of a conservatory, afterwards he started to teach there. The first group, where he have started to play, is Antonin Viktora. He worked in Melody Makers of Ondrej Havelka, Big Band Radio Praha and also in vocal quartet The Swings. In last few years he cooperate with Vit Fiala, accompany Vlasta Pruchova and much more other vocal and instrumental soloists.
Jan Linhart - drums
Jan Linhart was born in Prague. He studied drums and piano at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and, after graduating, became a professor of drums and ensemble performance at that school. He is currently a member of Petr Hanzlík Quintet, Jan Štolba Quartet, The Swings and Vít Švec Trio; since 2006 he regularly collaborates with Veleband. Jan has taken part in a number of projects, for example with Emil Mangelsdorf, Michel Montanaro, www.band.cz featuring Tony Lakatos etc., recorded a lot of music for movies and theatre and performed at numerous European festivals, including Kishinev, Frankfurt am Main, Jazz Goes To Town, and Prague Jazz Festival. On January 2008 he played a tour of the Czech Republic with John Serry and Adam Tvrdý Trio.