Ondrej Pivec Ondrej Pivec

Ondrej Pivec was born in 1984 in Brno (south Moravia). His first musical studies were in classical piano, at the basic music school. He attended the school for seven years before moving to Prague in 1999. At that time, friend recommended that he should take part in the summer jazz workshop, which is organized by the Czech Jazz Society. It was here that he was introduced to jazz music and in that context, many great Czech and Polish musicians were his mentors. He was so amazed by this musical discovery, that he took part in two more jazz workshops and formed his first jazz quintet. It was called “Mantis” and they performed occasionally in Prague and around the Czech republic.

The first real engagement came in 2002. By that time Ondrej had joined the jazz trio of the prominent Czech jazz guitarist Roman Pokorný. He had also switched from piano to the Hammond organ and learned to play the bass with the left hand. Through working with this trio he slowly gained the experience of being a professional sideman. In 2003, after his graduation he also joined Roman's blues project - Blues Box Heroes and gradually became a more experienced professional player. Ondrej then started performing with a Polish-Cuban singer, Yvonne Sanchez, in her project called “Brazilian Groove”. In 2004 he played over 130 gigs with these three bands, performing not only in Prague and across the Czech Republic but also internationally. Engagements included Semper Oper, Bluenote - Dresden, a Romanian tour with Yvonne, a tour in Turkey with a band supporting Billy Cobham's Culture Mix, FIAP Jean Monnet Paris, Jazz Club St. Germain Paris, Kunstfabrik Schlott, Berlin and many more.

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”....this music refers to one of the historical jazz models - organ soul jazz, but impresses with its spontaneity, quite rarely heard on our local recordings, in perfect professional achievement”
Dr. Lubomir Doruzka, 2008, MF Dnes

”Predominantly own pieces are truly well-played with a flavour of freshly found understanding, with the joy of sharing the music. The playing certainty of this adventitious line-up testifies a lot especially about the genius of Czech half of the band (as for its American part - this could have been already guessed).”
Ondrej Bezr, 2008, www.idnes.cz

”The Organic Quartet plays music inspired by the roots of jazz and hard bop, mixed with modern forms and sounds

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Primary Instrument

Organ, Hammond B3

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Continual lessons at The Elementary Music School of Jan Hanus, Prague 6, Czech Republic (jazz dpt.) Lessons at Prague Summer Jazz Workshops 2008 (www.czechjazz.org)

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