Petr Zelenka

Petr Zelenka Quartet (CZ/FR/ISR/CAN)

Petr ZELENKA (guitar)

He lives in Prague from 1998 and plays e.g. with Najponk, Yvonne Sanchez, Miriam Bayle, Petr Dvorský, David Dorůžka, Vojtěch Procházka, Ondřej Čtveráček. He performs at jazz festivals in Czech Republic and abroad (Novosibirsk, Wroclaw), accompanies foreign artists: James Zollar, Piotr Baron, Milosz Rutkowski, Macziej Sikala…
In 1999 he receives the 1st Prize for the best group on the contest Jazz Junior in Ústí nad Labem.
In 2000 he releases CD „Mafiosi“ (Cube-Metier).
In 2003 he moves to Paris where he accompanies e.g. Xavier Richardeau, Fabien Mary, plays in the „Coda“ tentet and plays with his trio at the international festival in Trouville-sur-Mer and on the tour in Czech Republic in spring 2005.
Since 2008 he is back Prague, playing with his czech quartet, and occasionally with the french one, with which a cd has been recorded and will be released in september 2008 („Memory Flash“, label Animal Music)

Olivier ZANOT (saxophones)

After classical studies on the Conservatory of Toulon he discovers jazz and studies harmony and improvisation with Yvan Belmondo. After having received Certificate in Musicology in Nice, he moves to Paris where he studies on the prestigious CNSM. There he receives the 1st Prize for jazz in 1998.
In Paris he has played with Laurence Allison, Laurent Coq, David El-Malek, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Laika Fatien, le Vintage Orchestra, Stan Lafferiere, Karl Jannuska quintet, le big band de Gérard Badini, Alain Jean-Marie, André Villeger, Franck Amasallem, Pierre Christophe, Nicolas Dary, Sophie Alour, Fabien Mary, David Sauzay, Yoann Loustalot…
He performed at festivals in France (Marciac, Juan-les-Pins, JVC festival de Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Pertuis…), and abroad (Portugal, Great Britain, Switzerland, Malta…).

Selected discography:

  • Laurence Allison " Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, together again " (Cristal Prod.).
  • Laurent Coq " Blowing trio, live@the Duc des Lombards " (Cristal Prod., this CD received Grand Prix Charles-Cros in 2002) ; " The thing to share " (Cristal Prod.).
  • Le Vintage Orchestra " Thad " (Nocturne), " Weatherman " (Jazz aux Remparts).
  • Stan Lafferiere " Il fait toujours beau ! " (Frémeaux, La Lichère).
  • Gérard Badini " Scriabin' Groove " (Superbadtrax).

Yoni ZELNIK (double-bass)

Born in 1975 in Israel, he starts playing the electric bass as a teenager. In 1995 he moves to Paris and studies the double-bass at the school CIM.
Over the years he plays with musicians such as Aldo Romano, Baptiste Trotignon, Sarah Lazarus, Alain Jean-Marie, Géraldine Laurent, Youn Sun Nah, Yutaka Shiina…He has recorded about twenty albums including those of Youn Sun Nah, Sophie Alour and Géraldine Laurent

Selected discography:

  • Sophie Alour „Uncaged“ (2006, Nocturne)
  • Yoann Loustalot „Primavera“ (2006, Elabeth records)

Karl JANNUSKA (drums)

Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, drummer Karl Jannuska currently resides in Paris, France. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University in Montreal Karl spent nine months in New York, with financial aid from both the Canada and Quebec Arts councils, studying drums with Tom Rainey.
At the age of 30 Karl has already appeared on over 20 recordings as a sideman and has recorded and/or performed with musicians including Lee Konitz, Sheila Jordan, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Linx, Kevin Hays, Ingrid Jensen, David Binney, Ben Monder, Peter Bernstein, Don Thompson and Jacky Terrasson.
In 2004 Karl released his first album as a leader, „Liberating Vines“, which demonstrates his talents as a composer. The record received an Opus award for „Jazz and World Music record of the year“ and at the 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival the young drummer was awarded the CBC Etoiles Galaxie prize for best composition.

Selected discography:

  • Karl Jannuska „Liberating Vines“ (Effendi records 2004)
  • Sheila Jordan „Believe in Jazz“ (Ella productions 2004)
  • Thomas Savy „Archipel“ (Nocturne 2006)
  • „David Prez / Romain Pilon group“ (Fresh Sound New Talent 2007)
  • Michel Donato „et ses amis Européens vol. 2“ (Effendi records 2007)
  • Karl Jannuska „Thinking in Colours“ (Cristal / Effendi records) soon to be released.

About Petr Zelenka Quartet

The repertoire of Petr Zelenka Quartet consists of originals. The compositions are inspired by contemporary jazz, classical and popular music. They are influenced as well by folk music (moravian, scandinavian, arabian) and indian classical music. Simple and easy-to -remember melodies provide the unity of the program despite the variety of influences and inspirations.
The quartet has been working since the leader's stay in Paris 5 years ago. The sidemen he has chosen are ideal partners to interprete his music. Their playing brings always new ideas and fresh energy and still serves the dreamy world of his compositions.

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