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– All About Jazz

“A guitar virtuoso with a playful experimentation” (Music Zeitgeist), Martin Simon writes instrumental music with “subtle artistry and fragile emotions” (Jazz Corner)...   read more about Martin here >>

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Martin’s most popular compositions played by a Central European folk-jazz band.

SLAVICADA: Central European Folk meets Jazz

Martin’s most popular compositions played by a Central European folk-jazz band.

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Martin’s most popular compositions played by a Central European folk-jazz band.

LATIN JAZZ: This music is in my “blood”

Why I love Latin jazz and flamenco and how I hear it. Astro Project brings to life some of my best musical memories.

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About Martin Simon

“A guitar virtuoso with a playful experimentation” (Music Zeitgeist), Martin Simon writes instrumental music with “subtle artistry and fragile emotions” (Jazz Corner).

Slovak guitarist and composer Martin Simon is best known for connecting Central European folk tradition with jazz and classical music. Pursuing his passion and love for experimentation he has transformed the folk song into a new, extended musical form, infused with polyrhythms and spontaneous improvisation.

Martin Simon has presented his music at various private, public and official venues including the Presidential Palace of Poland, 25th anniversary of Polish Senate in 2014,  4-Trust Visegrad Project, Festival Transversal de Madrid, Dynamic Visegrad ceremonial concert, Slovak Cultural Institute in Warsaw, International conference of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) in Chicago, Polish parliament celebration attended by EU officials in 2011,  among others. His ‘Suita Slavicada’ has become a flagship repertoire of the Slovak-Polish band Slavicada Quartet premiered at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Poetry.

Martin Simon was first recognized at the New Faces of Slovak Jazz national young jazz competition after wining the main prize for original music as a leader of a jazz-fusion group Jazzva. The National Slovak Radio recorded a live performace of his  Conversational Music with experimental group ConversClub featured in “Jazz under Pyramid” broadcast series. After spending years in New York City, having a close connection with Latin American and flamenco musicians, he recorded a solo guitar album Collage with a Honduran-Spanish guitarist Astor Escoto, described by MusikReviews as one of the best contemporary world guitar albums. In 2011 his composition Vision of Seven Keystones was nominated among the semi-finalists in the instrumental category of the largest American International Songwriting Competition /ISC/.

Besides living in Bratislava and Warsaw, Martin Simon has lived in New York where he was a member of the New York Mandolin Orchestra and BC Electro-acoustic Music Ensemble. He has collaborated with award-winning film and visual artists such as Miroslaw Rogala, John J.A. Jannone, Ronaldo Kiel, Anat Inbar, and SangHee Ann. He is an author or co-author of several music and multimedia theatre works including Bridge to You, Blackbox, Melting Away, Little Pictures and others.

He has performed with dozens of musicians from around the world including David Watson (John Zorn), Paul Steven Ray (Vernon Reid), Salim Washington (Kenny Garrett, Anthony Braxton), Chris Bacas (Buddy Rich), Jorge Amorim (Baden Powell Al Foster), Arturo Martinez (Jose Greco), Alfonso Cid (Pilar Rioja), Carlos Hayre, Michal Urbaniak, Wojciech Karolak, among others.

Martin Simon graduated with a Master degree from Brooklyn College where he studied composition, performance and interactive media arts. His mentors included renowned American composers such as Tania Leon and Noah Creshevsky, among others. He taught electronic music and sound production for film and animation at Pratt Institute in New York, one of the top ten art universities according to USAtoday.com. His experimental work was published by the University Press of America and available through Barnes & Noble, the largest press and media retail network in the United States.

Concert showing the “Slavic soul”

Jazzsoul

With Slavicada we are transferred to a different dimension of time and place

Pardon To Tu

Collage might very well be one of the best contemporary world guitar albums of the decade

Muzik Reviews

One of the best shows we’ve hosted

El Paza Jazz Club, Madrid

Exciting and engaging with great moments of improvised music

MuzikReviews

Timeless, thought-provoking, with world-class production

Los Angeles Music Zeitgeist

Each part blends together with grace and eloquence

All About Jazz

An emotional range like that is very impressive

Muzik Reviews

Art of leaving listeners spellbound

Jazz Corner

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