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Jakabcic, Matus

Jakabcic, Matus, guitarist, composer, arranger, educator; b. Bratislava, Slovakia, 14 September 1961. His parents Viera Zilincanova and Michal Jakabcic both are/were internationally acclaimed painters (his father passed away in 2001).

Matus started playing guitar at the age of 15. He studied mathematics and computer science at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Graduated here in 1984. He studied composition (classical) at the State Conservatory in Bratislava, Slovakia, graduated in 1992. From 1994-1995, he did studies at the Berklee College of Music, Boston where he received several scholarships and  awards - i.e. the Charles Mingus award for achievements in jazz composition. He also studied with Herb Pomeroy, Greg Hopkins, Ken Pullig , Jon Damian. He graduated in Jazz Composition in 1995.During his studies in Boston he got the opportunity to arrange for the Greg Hopkins Big Band. Since September 1995 he teaches arranging, jazz harmony and leads the Conservatory Big Band at the State Conservatory in Bratislava.
Jakabcic was the leader of a modern jazz/fusion group Stop Time with which he played festivals all over Europe, Algiers and Cuba. In 1998 Stop Time won the first prize at the International Jazz Festival in Karlovy Vary in Czech. In 1993 he got the prize of the Slovak Music Found as  Jazzman of the year. In 1986-1991 he worked for the TV-orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia as guitarist/composer/arranger. He performed with many Slovak music groups including the Slovak Filharmony Orchestra.
In 1993 he composed, arranged and conducted the music for the musical "To Die For Beauty" by Abbe Prevost. He also is a member of the Gustav Brom Big Band. For their latest two CDs he arranged 11 tunes. He also wrote music for three movies. With the "Matus Jakabcic Tentet" he performed at the Jazz Festival Bratislava 1995 as well as at the Bratislava Music Festival in October 1996 (with special guest Greg Hopkins. Iin 1999 he led an international big band consisting of players of all over Europe; the band was put together especially for the "Days of Europe " festival in Bratislava and played his music and arrangements. The concert was broadcasted on TV and radio several times. Lately he was presenting his music with his band Bee Connection. In 2000 he was commissioned to write an extended piece for the European Jazz Youth Orchestra  which later appeared on their CD "Swinging Europe vol.3" Since its beginning Jakabcic is a member/composer for the Euro Jazz Big Band (EJBB), based in Paris and led by Thierry de Micheaux and Sophie Uvodic. In February 2002 he took part at "6 Culture", a concert/recording in the Radio Warsau, where each country provided one player/composer. In March 2002 he recorded his new compositions with his Quartet for the Slovak Radio Bratislava. In April 2002 he played a concert /recording in the ORF - radio Vienna with a special for this occasion built group consisting of 2 Austrian (Sigi Finkel,Richard Filz) and 2 Slovakian (Gabo Jonas, Matus Jakabcic) musicians.

Recordings:
Stop Time: Stop Time (1990), Slovak Jazz 1992 (1992); Far and Yet Near (1991);  Matus Jakabcic Tentet (with Greg Hopkins, 1998); Bee Conection: Bee Connection (2000); Bass Friends (2001); Madhouse (2001)
As sideperson:
Hot Line & Darryl Kennedy (1991); Berklee College Of Music : The 50th Anniversary Faculty Composers Series (1995); Slovak Jazz 1997 (1997); Spomienka Na Juraja Szabadosa (1998); Euro Jazz Big Band: EJBB Live (1998), Beyond Borders); Alena Cermakova: Sansony a ine piesne (2002);
Dasa Libiakova: To Nic (2002)

Contact information:
Address: Gorazdova 29
                81104 Bratislava
                Slovakia
Phone :  +421 2 54771946
Mobile phone : +421 905 352802
e-mail : jakabcic@orangemail.sk

 

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