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Hanka G

Hanka is one of the most admired and well respected jazz singers in Slovakia. She has been performing on the domestic as well as international jazz scene for well over a decade now, with her signature musical style of jazz and soul music fusion.

Her fascination with music dates back to her early childhood in Mongolia, where her parents worked as geologists on an expedition. Growing up, Hanka's vocals were tested in different musical genres ranging from rock to funk, until she found her niche while living in Washington D.C. having sang with local jazz musicians who had a profound influence on her future musical direction. Once she returned from the U.S., she used every opportunity to perfect her jazz art until her path crossed with one of the most respected jazz pianists in Slovakia, Gabriel Jonáš, who was so impressed with her natural feeling for jazz, that he invited to her to perform with his band.

Soon after she was working with many professional jazz musicians, both on local as well as international scene, performing in various well-known clubs and music festivals (i.e. Bratislava's Jazz Days Festival, Jazzycolors Festival in Paris, Open Jazz Festival in Nové Mesto, etc.). debut album in 2007 Hanka was awarded a grant from the Slovak Music Fund to support the recording of her debut album “Reflections of my soul“, which was produced by Radovan Tariška, a well-respected saxophone player of the Slovak jazz scene, who also performes on the album together with other elite musicians – virtuoso jazz pianist Ondrej Krajňák, Tomáš Baroš on double bass and Marián Ševčík on drums.

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Cassandra Wilson - “The best of the next generation!”

Rodney Kendrick – “I've had the opportunity to work with Hanka in Africa and experience her creativeness and richness of spirit... It was an absolute pleasure to work with her and I savor the moment to have the opportunity to do it again.”

Melvin Smith - “She weaves her lush alto voice through any set of changes with grace and case. Her artistry demands to be heard.”

Andreas Schiffmann (http://musikreviews.de) - “The woman's voice is worth gold in all positions”

Jan Hocek (http://jazzport.cz) - “One of the most talented jazz singers of the present times “

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Discography

Essence

Essence

Hevhetia
2014

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Reflections of my soul

Reflections of my soul

Music Fund Slovakia
2007

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