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The Big B’s | Musica Viva!

29 October 2022 | 6:30 pm

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The Janoska Ensemble, with three Bratislava-born Janoska brothers and their bassist brother-in-law Julius Darvas, have a special way of performing the well-known masterpieces of the greatest classics be they Mozart or the Beatles, in a manner that renders them contemporary and distinctive. The Big B’s, the ensemble’s latest album, features works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Bartók, Bernstein and Brubeck, whose art always remained close to the world of improvisation. The works are arranged in the unmistakable Janoska style, beyond the bounds of virtuosity and wit.

Check out this amazing promotional video for the Big B’s performance series and album!

“The Janoska Ensemble is one of the most original groups of extremely talented musicians, who are very unique in performing classical music, jazz, Latin and other genres. Their inspiration is inexhaustible and they deserve everyone’s attention and enthusiasm.”
– Lalo Schifrin, Composer


Janoska Ensemble

Janoska Ensemble
Ondrej Janoska, Violin
Roman Janoska, Violin
František Janoska, Piano
Julius Darvas, Double Bass

The musical universe is infinite and the galaxy of best-loved composers alone contains thousands of musical suns. Stylistically, though, these are often musical light-years apart. The Janoska Ensemble has set out to span intergalactic distance with its unique synthesis of musical worlds and its venture has won it an enthusiastic international public in a remarkably short time. 

The four young progenitors of this art – each with superb classical training – have combined their individual musical attainments to perfection: Ondrej, František and Roman Janoska (three brothers from Bratislava) and their brother-in-law Julius Darvas (born and bred in Konstanz) are already successful in repeated engagements on four continents. 

The Janoska Ensemble has achieved the feat, in the competitive jungle of today’s music scene, of forging their specific style into their own brand and thus into a genre concept, namely their Janoska Style, transposing familiar references from classic to pop into an audibly related and yet quite new message. Nor is this all: each of their precision-tuned arrangements invariably carries the hallmark of the ensemble’s abounding musical invention, the Janoska fingerprints. This fingerprinting – with an amazing range of expression from moving to thrilling – naturally shows up in the ensemble members’ own compositions. The Janoska Style possesses the rare ability to enthuse dedicated followers of totally opposing genres. Its vast reserves of positive energy electrify an audience after just a few bars; by the time they have embarked on their spontaneous virtuoso improvisations, the four great artists have stirred even the most reticent listeners from their seats.

The Janoska Ensemble’s debut album “Janoska Style” was released on the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon in 2016 and attained gold status within a year. This concentrated versatility of the Janoska Ensemble allowed it to break new ground in the choice of its musical material on the album REVOLUTION, which released internationally at Deutsche Grammophon in 2019. In homage to the four ingenious Liverpoolers, the Janoska Ensemble has arranged top Beatles hits in Janoska style for their album. Their latest 2022 album, The Big B’s, originated as started from their own strength in improvising and then asked themselves who the greatest improvisers in classical music were. They came up with the names Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, whom they view as the main role models for the ensemble, yes, even their patron saints. Then they looked a little into the modern age, and immediately took Bernstein, Bartók and Brubeck on board. Thus the Big B’s, which release globally August 5th.

Roman Janoska plays a violin kindly loaned to him by Dr. Christian Kuhn.

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29 October 2022
6:30 pm
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