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Twin Flame

by Hanka G & Ondrej Krajnak

Third album of Hanka G, jazz, gospel, world-music singer & lyricist, recorded with Slovak pianist Ondrej Krajnak. This duo album pays tribute to celebrated jazz pianists by vocalizing and adding lyrics to their instrumental originals.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I Mean You
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2. Left Alone
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3. Twin Flames
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4. I'll Be Around
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5. You and I
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6. High Wire (The Aerialist)
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7. Remembrance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hanka G (Hanka Gregusova) - lead vocal (all tracks), lyrics (track 1, 3, 5, 6)
Ondrej Krajnak - piano (all tracks)
Executive Producer: Eva Gregusova, S. E. SMITH, s.r.o. 2016
Musical Arrangements: Ondrej Krajnak
Producer: Hanka G (Hanka Gregusova) & Ondrej Krajnak

Recorded at Svarov Studios by Lukas Martinek, Czech Republic, July 2016
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Cema (COBRA Sound, s.r.o.) and Oskar Rozsa
Photography: Valentina Nidelova
Cover design: Ingrid Bezakova

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council
Supported also by SOZA, Hudobny Fond/Music Fund Slovakia, www.jazz.sk, www.skjazz.sk

"The best of the next generation!"
Hanka acknowledged by Cassandra Wilson - the best American jazz singer according to TIME magazine & two time Grammy winner

"This album has no ending, just beginning... The album was named after original composition “Twin Flames“. And the title is indeed eloquent. Both artists are in music something like karmic twin flames, representing one soul in two bodies connected in so called “Twin Flame“ that sets balance between female and male principle...“
Jan Hocek, CD review for the most prestigious and respected jazz portal in Czech Republic http://jazzport.cz
(100% score for sound, cover, music and courage)

"Just took time to listen to your Twin Flame CD. You have produced a beautiful product. I believe you have a brilliant career ahead of you. Glad to hear your music and sensitive lyrics."
Reggie Workman - American avant-garde jazz & hard bob double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

"I loved listening to your CD Twin Flame, it's very soulful. You have a wonderful project and your singing is quite superb! Wishing tons of success." T.K. Blue - American jazz saxophonist, flautist, educator and musical director of legendary pianist & composer Randy Weston. T.K. is known for his cooperation with Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jayne Cortez.

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Hanka G is one of the most admired and well respected jazz singers in Slovakia, living in New York. Actively performing at the NYC jazz & gospel scene accompanied by one of the best US musicians, she is a rising star of jazz, gospel & world-music, singer & lyricist. Acknowledged as “The Best of the Next Generation“ by Cassandra Wilson, the two-time Grammy award winner and the best American jazz singer, she is also represented by the same agency – Ojah Media Group. Recipient of the most respected jazz award in Slovakia, Martonik’s award - “Jazzman Of The Year 2017“, Hanka is the second woman awarded this honor within 26 years. She has been performing at the domestic as well as international jazz scene for well over a decade now, with her signature musical style of jazz, soul, gospel & world- music fusion. Hanka has recorded three solo CD’s “Reflections Of My Soul“ (2007), “Essence“ (2014) and “Twin Flame“ (2016) and cooperated on several other projects (Marcus McLaurine, Taru Alexander, Anthony Wonsey, Nikolaj Nikitin, Stefan Bartus, Sisa Michalidesova, etc...) converting instrumental tunes into songs by writing lyrics and vocalizing them. Both CDs “Essence“ (2014) and “Twin Flame“ (2016) has been nominated for “The Best Jazz Record of the Year“ in “Radio_Head Awards“ in Slovakia. She is also a guest lead singer in Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Hanka opened up for Cassandra Wilson & Kurt Elling and toured with Rodney Kendrick. She is actively performing at NYC jazz scene with her trio (Anthony Wonsey - piano, Lonnie Plaxico - bass, Taru Alexander - drums) as well as a member of Taru Alexander’s quartet. Her recordings are played in more than 10 major jazz radio stations across the USA. Throughout her career, Hanka has worked and performed with one of the best jazz musicians in the world: Marc Cary, Essiet Okon Essiet, Rodney Kendrick, Anthony Wonsey, Marcus McLaurine, Benito Gonzales, Eric Wyatt, Theo Hill, George Gray, Patches Stewart, Taru Alexander, Gerry Eastman, Carlton Holmes, Kris Funn, John R. Lamkin, Kenny Davis, Mimi Jones, Camille Gainer Jones, Chris Beck, and many others…

Contact – PLEASE CLICK BELOW:
Hanka G website - www.hankag.com
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @hankagsinger
Samples of Hanka G’s CD “Essence“, produced by Ondrej Krajňák and paying tribute to Slovak folklore music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwHd5ivFZN8

Endorsements

"She weaves her lush alto voice through any set of changes with grace and case. Her artistry demands to be heard."
Hanka acknowledged by Melvin Smith – American jazz saxophone player and collaborator of InConcert Magazine, USA

"The woman's voice is worth gold in all positions"
Hanka acknowledged by Andreas Schiffmann for one of the most respected music portal in Germany, http://musikreviews.de

"One of the most talented jazz singers of the present times. There are not many singers in Europe who truly embody jazz when they sing. Hanka is not trying to sing jazz - she comes by it naturally. Her vibrant, gospel-filled voice with the vocal power of a Mahalia Jackson expresses sorrow but also resolution."
Hanka acknowledged by Jan Hocek, for the most prestigious and respected jazz portal in Czech Republic http://jazzport.com

"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."
Rodney Kendrick – pianist & producer, worked with Abbey Lincoln, James Brown, Diana Ross, etc...

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Ondrej Krajnak is considered one of the best pianists in Slovakia and Europe. Composer, arranger and recipient of the most respected jazz award in Slovakia, Martonik’s award - “Jazzman Of The Year 2007“ and “Andel 2011“ in Czech Republic, he was born in Levice, small city of Slovakia to a musical family and his first experiences with the piano date to a very early age. At the age of six, he was already playing classical music and participating in various competitions for young talents. When he was ten years old, he heard jazz for the first time and became so fascinated by this music that in the same year he participated in the young jazz artist competition “Jazz Fest Žilina“ where he was awarded “New Talent of the Year“. In 1992 Ondrej began to study at the Erkel Ferenc jazz academy in Budapest (HUN) under the supervision of professor Robert Ratonyi. He participated in various musical competitions in Europe, such as the jazz contest in Poland, where he won a special award, or jazz piano contest in Hungary, where he was awarded best artist in the category “solo piano”. After successful graduation he obtained a scholarship at the Berklee College Music in Boston. Shortly he established himself at European jazz scene and became one of the most respected musicians. His exceptional musicality transcends through various genres, styles and formations. Ondrej has recorded over 40 albums and performed at numerous concerts all over the world. In 2013 he released his solo album “Forevernest“ (Hevhetia), paying tribute to compositions of famous Slovak, gipsy pianist Ernest Oláh (1942-2002). Ondrej cooperated in jazz genre with Hanka G, Lee Davis, Melvin Kennedy, Radovan Tariška, Nikolaj Nikitin, Oto Hejnic Trio, Ľubomír Šrámek & Klaudius Kováč “Three Pianos“, “Hot House” with Juraj Bartoš, with Matúš Jakabčic big band, Ondrej Štveráček, “Slovak Jazz Trio” with legendary drummer Dodo Šošoka and many others. He introduced his more experimental side of jazz in collaboration with Oskar Rozsa quartet or in fusion oriented recording “Partnership Unlimited”. The category of ethno/world music represents mostly cooperation with elite singer Ida Kellarova, virtuoso dulcimer player and singer Zuzana Lapčíková.

Contact – PLEASE CLICK BELOW:

Ondrej Krajnak Website - http://ondrejkrajnak.com/

Samples of music & videos – PLEASE CLICK BELOW:
Solo piano from CD “FOREVERNEST“ - http://www.ondrejkrajnak.com/music/
Samples of Hanka G’s CD “Essence“, produced by Ondrej Krajnak and paying tribute to Slovak folklore music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwHd5ivFZN8







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