CONCERT: WITHIN the Jazz v Aréne / Jazz in Arena series, the Matúš Jakabčic Big Band will give a concert on October 17 at 19:00. The band formed in 2004 and has performed at big festivals and concerts in Slovakia and abroad, offering experienced jazzmen. At the concert in the Arena Theatre at Viedenská Cesta 3 in Bratislava, the musicians will also play new compositions by Jakabčic, Michal Motýľ and Erik Rothenstein, as well as jazz classics and even a cover version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Tickets cost €8 and can be bought through www.divadloarena.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Trio Fatal – Three young Slovak ladies (Ivana Ecetová on vocals, Katarína Lorenčíková on piano and flute, Ana Vyparinová Krsmanovič on accordion) perform Argentinean music, particularly the works of Tango Nuevo creator Astor Piazzolla.
Starts: Oct 15, 20:30; Hlava 22; Bazová 9. Admission: €6. Tel: 0948/327-333; www. hlava22.sk.
MINORITY CULTURE: Pestré Slovensko / Colourful Slovakia – Sendrejovci and CreDance – This concert is a part of The Day of National Minorities, a nationwide festival which stresses the notion that minority cultures enrich the majority. Sendrejovci is a band of Roma musicians whose popularity extends beyond Slovakia’s borders, while CreDance is a “supranational grouping of professional dancers”. Another festival event is the traditional Ruthenian ball, organised by the Molody Rusyny association of ethnic Ruthenians living in Slovakia.
Starts: Oct 19, 20:30 (Sendrejovci; KC Dunaj, Nedbalova 3. Admission: €5. Tel: 0904/ 330-049; www.kcdunaj.sk); 20:00 (Ruthenian Party; Zrkadlový háj House of Culture, Rovniankova 3. Admission: €17. Tel: 02/6829-9225; www.molody.rusyny.org.
LIVE MUSIC: Chris Cutler (UK) and Amy Knoles (US) will give a concert with the Cluster Ensemble (Slovak, with members Fero Király and Ivan Šiller). Their music can be called alternative or experimental rock.
Starts: Oct 20, 19:00; A4 Nultý Priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: €7-€9. Tel: 02/ 5292-4470; www.a4.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Funny Fellows – This famous swing band that plays Slovak and international compositions from the 1920s-1940s performs in period costumes with period instruments.
Starts: Oct 17, 20:00; Swing Café, Vajnorská 98/H. Admission: €5. Tel: 0948/798-058; www.swingcafe.sk.
GASTRONOMY: Hedonistická Nedeľa – Jablčnô alebo Cider po Slovensky / Hedonistic Sunday – Apple Drink, or Cider Slovak Style – This informal gastronomy-social event promotes the culture of gastronomy and eating, this time focusing on the phenomenon of homemade cider.
Starts: Oct 20, 17:00; A4 Nultý Priestor, Karpatská 2. Admission: voluntary. Tel: 02/ 5292-4470; www.a4.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Sounds Like This, featuring Speed Dial – The Slovak band Sounds Like This (Tomáš Sloboda, Martin Andráš, Marián Slávka and Lukáš Duchovič) joins forces with Speed Dial (Heather Hardy-US, Adam Sabla-Canada, Peter Sabla-US).
Starts: Oct 19, 20:00; LOFT Club, Továrenská 14. Tel: www.klubloft.sk.
EXHIBITION: Hannes Mlenek – Impact – Mlenek re-addresses the phenomenon of lines, connecting them with spirituality, space, dynamics, architecture of gesture and more.
Open: Tue-Sun 10:00- 20:00, until Dec 30; Danubiana Gallery near Vodné dielo/ Waterworks Čunovo. Admission: €3-€6. Tel: 02/6252-8501; www.danubiana.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Georges Vercheval – The Central-European House of Photography presents the retrospective exhibition of works by the founder of the Museum in Charleroi, Belgium.
Open: Tue-Sun 13:00-18:00 until Nov 3; SEDF, Prepoštská 4. Admission: €1.50. Tel: 02/5441-8214; www.sedf.sk/en.
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JAZZ: Rus Nerwich – Mantras for Modern Man – The South-African saxophonist returns to Europe with his own programme, called Mantras for Modern Man (with Nick Williams on piano, Lukáč Kytnar on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums).
Starts: Oct 19, 20:00; Blue Note Jazz and Music Club, J. Hašku 18. Admission: €5. Tel: 032/7440-008; www.bluenote.sk.
JAZZ: The fourth year of this northern Slovak music festival offers Slovak and foreign performers for two days of jazz, with the Ružmoberok-based RKjazzBand, the Austrian-Slovak Fabian Supancic Organ Trio, the Polish Janusz Muniak Quartet and Slovak Sisa Michalidesová and her project on the first day. On Saturday, Nikolaj Nikitin and his ensemble, from Slovakia, will perform, as well as Radovan Tariška (also Slovak) with Benito Gonzales from Venezuela, Essiet Okon Essiet and Gene Jackson from the US, the Marián Čekovský Band from Slovakia and the funky US-Slovak project Chicago Blues Connection (with Terrence Williams and Yaahn Hunter from the US, and Roman Mečiar, Michal Šimko and Mário “Gapa” Garbera from Slovakia).
Starts: Oct 18-19, 18:00; Námestovo House of Culture, Štefánikova 208/7. Admission: €15 (one day) - €20 (both days, in advance) - €25 (both days, at the site). Tel: 0918/872-107; www. oravajazz.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Ida Černecká – The piano recital of this renowned Slovak musician and teacher will include works of Haydn, Schumann and Slovak Hanuš Domanský.
Starts: Oct 16, 19:00; Stani-ca Žilina-Záriečie, Závodská cesta 3. Admission: €3-€4. Tel: 041/5005-064; www.stanica.sk.
JAZZ: Laco Deczi –Koncert v Divadle / A Concert in the Theatre – This Slovak jazz musician who left to work and live in the US returns to play in the local City Theatre.
Starts: Oct 15, 19:00; Mestské Divadlo / City Theatre, Horný Val 3. Admission: €5. Tel: 041/5623-703; www.divadlozilina.eu.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Musica Nobilis – This festival’s 18th year will bring classical music to seven towns of the Spiš region: Poprad, Spišské Podhradie, Kežmarok, Markušovce, Smižany, Spišské Vlachy and Spišská Nová Ves. The opening concerts take place on October 14 in the House of Culture in Poprad, featuring Collegium Wartberg playing the music of Ján Levoslav Dusík, Schubert and Vojtech Didi; and in St Martin’s Cathedral in Spišská Kapitula, a performance by bassist Tomáš Šelc and organist Marek Vrábel playing various works from different periods.
Starts: Oct 14-20; various sites in Spiš region. Admission: various, up to €5. More info: www.okcsmizany.eu.sk/doc/musica_nobilis2013.pdf.
MUSICAL: Krysař / Rat-Catcher – This classical fairy tale gains new meaning in the version adapted by Czech musician Daniel Landa, ranked among the most successful Czech musicals. Since 2002 it has been staged in the version choreographed by Dirk Smits from the Netherlands.
Starts: Oct 18 (19:00) – 19 (15:00); Divadlo Cassia, Jumbo Centrum, Masarykova 2. Admission: €14 -€17. Tel: 0944/437-855; www.divadlocassia.sk; www.ticketportal.sk.
LIVE MUSIC: Španielska Zarzuela / Spanish Zarzuela – This concert presents songs, arias and duets from Spanish operettas as performed by Ana Carolina Diz (soprano) and Pablo Cameselle (tenor) and conducted by David Hernando Rico.
Starts: Oct 17, 19:00; State Philharmonic Košice, Moyzesova 66. Admission: €5-€7. Tel: 055/6220-763; www. sfk.sk.
CLASSICAL MUSIC: Prešov Musical Autumn / Prešovská Hudobná Jeseň 2013 – This organ concert within the festival of classical music will feature Katarína Feňová playing the works of Johann Gottfried Walther, Bach, Olivier Messiaen and Alexandre Guilmant.
Starts: Oct 16, 19:00; St Nicolas’ Con-cathedral, Hlavná 81. Admission: free. More info: www.pkopresov.sk.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: Pavel Brunclík – Češi Portrait – This selection of photos from the cycle of portraits by this Czech photographer, who focuses on Cezch artists, show-business personalities, scientists and famous celebrities, is part of the 20th year of the Days of Czech Culture festival.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00 until Oct 31; FotoGaléria Nova, Verejná knižnica J. Bocatia, Hlavná 48. Admission: free. More info: www.fotoklubnova.sk.