Invisible World Quartet
Tomáš Liška´s “Invisible World“ is a truly unique venture within the landscape of contemporary Czech music. The project´s own musical compositions combine elements of Jazz, chamber music and World Music from the Mediterranean and South-Eastern regions of the European continent. Their approach is not based on individual exhibitions, but rather on a philosophy where music is a clear and crystalline medium which irradiates a rich palette of emotional hues. These are inspired by strong melodies which are adorned by a subtle and seemingly effortless lacework of improvisation.
Efe Turumtay (violin) was born in Istanbul, Nikola Zarić (accordion) in Serbia and Kamil Slezák (drums) in Moravia. Tomáš Liška (upright bass) met all three in the course of his musical journeys around the world, while tirelessly searching for fascinating interactions between instruments and cultures which would enthrall both him and his audiences.
Tomas Liska’s “Invisible World” is an entirely unique outcry on the Czech jazz scene. His mature original music mixes modern jazz elements, chamber music, with echoes of flamenco and music of the southern seas. Strong melodies and themes which carry weight make for pure and intelligible music. It’s a contemplative project, with spacey arrangements that allow the music to breathe.
Lubomír Dorůžka – music journalist and editor
Tomáš Liška studied upright bass at the J. Ježek Conservatory in Prague and subsequently completed a Masters Programme at the prestigious Jazz Institut Berlin, under the tutelage of renowned North-American musicians and professors Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck. Tomáš performs at Jazz festivals and venues across Europe, the United States and Latin America. Among his main collaborators are David Dorůžka, Steve Walsh, Luboš Malina, Druhá tráva, Beáta Hlavenková, Cyrille Oswald, Lenka Dusilová, Eternal Seekers, Mark Aanderud, and many others.
His debut album Invisible World (2009, Animal Music) was awarded the Tais Awards 2009 prize and it was nominated for the Anděl Prize. Also nominated were his subsequent albums Milokraj (2014, Animal Music) and Bercheros Odyssey (2014, Animal Music).
Nikola Zarić is a young Serbian virtuoso accordionist. He studied at the Musical Academy in Vienna and received numerous presitigious awards. He currently resides in Vienna, where he teaches at the Musical Academy and performs at festivals and venues across Europe.
Efe Turumtay was born in Istanbul where he studied both classical and traditional violin at the conservatory. In his own projects he seeks to find a very personal style and sound which marries Western techniques with the traditional Arabic quarter-tone melodic system. He currently lives in Vienna.
Kamil Slezák studied drums and percussion instruments at Janacek Academy in Ostrava (CZ), and subsequently at the universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wienna. Besides many music activities across the genres he leads students at Janacek Academy in Brno since 2007.