BIO

Saxophone syncopators so nastali leta 2014, že njihov repertoar klasične glasbe je zelo obširen, ob tem pa so tudi eden redkih saksofonskih kvartetov, ki so se specializirali za igranje glasbenega žanra s časa začetkov jazza – ragtime.

V repertoarju klasične glasbe imajo večinoma skladbe, ki so bile originalno napisane za natančno takšen tip ansambla (Alexander Glazunov, Jean-Baptiste Singeleé, Jevgenij Irshai, Eugène Bozza, Jean Françaix, Pierre Max Dubois, Claude Pascal, Carlos Micháns, Ida Gotkowsky, Mohamed Saad Basha, Jindřich Feld, Marián Lejava, itd.), najdejo se tudi priredbe klasičnih mojstrovin Bacha in Mozarta ter priredbe svetovno znanih slovaških skladateljev Eugena Suchoňa ali Ilja Zeljenke. V letu 2017 so na Slovaškem krstno predstavili dva koncerta za tubo in saksofonski kvartet skladateljev Erina Patona in Rolanda Szentpalija.

Poleg igranja klasične glasbe se je ta kvartet posebej usmeril v pristno interpretacijo glasbenega stila ragtime. Priredbe te zvrsti izvirajo iz let 1910–1920, ko je saksofon kot inštrument doživljal največji razmah in postal vir navdiha za glasbenike in skladatelje. Vodja kvarteta Ladislav Fanzowitz je zadolžen za transkripcijo in prirejanje najstarejših ragtime in dixieland skladb iz starih gramofonskih plošč (iz šelaka) ansamblov tistega časa, kot so Six Brown Brothers, Columbia Saxophone Sextette, The Missouri Entertainers, Joe Thomas Saxotette, Hollis Saxophone Quintet, itd.

Da dosežejo čim bolj pristen zvok, Saxophone Syncopators uporabljajo rekonstruirane starinske saksofone in ustnike znamke Buescher iz začetkov 30. let prejšnjega stoletja, ki so bili izdelani po izvirnem patentu izumitelja saksofona Adoplha Saxa.

Leta 2015 je kvartet uprizoril poseben avdio-video projekt, imenovan Silent Evening, kjer so s svojim igranjem spremljali dve nemi komediji Charlieja Chaplina. Glasbo so ustvarili zgledujoč se na izvirne ragtime skladbe iz leta 1916, v katerem sta bila tudi oba filma posneta. Njihova glasba se popolnoma prilega komičnim prizorom in omogoči gledalcu, da doživi filma, kot so ju gledali pred 100 leti.

V letu 2015 so tudi posneli svoj prvi album Good Morning Ragtime, ki vsebuje najboljše ragtime skladbe iz njihovega repertoarja, v letu 2018 pa bodo posneli tudi ploščo klasične glasbe.

Saxophone Syncopators so do danes igrali na več kot 100 koncertih na Češkem, Slovaškem, Poljskem, v Nemčiji in Avstriji ter se podali na dve zelo uspešni turneji po Indiji leta 2015 in Kitajski leta 2017.

Zasedbo sestavljajo:
Pavol Hoďa - sopranski/altovski saksofon
Frederika Babuliaková - altovski saksofon
Ján Gašpárek - tenorski saksofon
Ladislav Fanzowitz - baritonski saksofon, priredbe, vodja zasedbe

Ladislav Fanzowitz (1980) finished his studies of piano at the Bratislava State Conservatory with the title „The Best Graduate of the year 2000“. He continued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Universität Für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he achieved his Doctor degree in 2010. He was won lot of national and international piano competitions and he had received title The Slovak Talent of the year 2000 and 2002. He played solo piano concerts with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak and Czech Radio, Philharmony Orchestra Zielona Góra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Kralové, Solistes Europeéns Luxembourg, State Philharmonic Košice, Slovak Simfonietta Žilina, Pressburger Philharmoniker, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Bruno Walter Orchestra and many more. In his current repertoire are now more than 20 piano concertos. Besides his active solo piano career, he is also sought-after chamber musician. He recorded more than 20 CDs with piano solo and chamber music and he has performed in the majority of the European countries and also in Malaysia, Cyprus and the USA.

After finishing his studies of piano, he started to study saxophone in Alexander Stepanov’s Class at Bratislava State Conservatory. In 2014 he founded saxophone quartet Saxophone Syncopators and in 2016 he organized first master classes of classical music interpretation on saxophones in Slovakia called Saxophobia Bratislava. He is very active organizer of culture life in Slovakia, arranger and bandleader of famous swing orchestra Fats Jazz Band which is playing original authentic hot jazz and swing from the years 1920 - 1949.

Pavol Hoďa (1977) finished studies of clarinet at the Bratislava State Conservatory in prof. Peter Drlička‘s class. During studies he won two times 1st place on National competition of Conservatories. He continued studies on Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava on clarinet, but soon he had also started to study saxophone. He played clarinet and saxophone in Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, State Philharmonic Košice and Adolf Sax Quartet USA. As a jazz saxophonist he’s member of the orchestras Bratislava Hot Serenaders, Fats Jazz Band and he played for years in big bands such as B Side Band Brno, Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers, Matúš Jakabčic Big Band, Jaromír Hnilička Dixieland Band or Gustav Brom Big Band.

Frederika Babuliaková (1992) finished studies of saxophone at the Bratislava State Conservatory in class of prof. Dušan Húščava with title „The Best Graduate of the year 2010“. She continue in study at Academy of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica where she had achieved Bachelor’s degree in Alexander Stepanov’s class and she’s now studying last year of Master degree program. During her studies she won 1st place in Slovak Conservatory Competition and she won lots of local competitions in Slovakia and Czech Republic. She is member of jazz orchestra Melody Gentlemen and she’s teacher of saxophone at the music school.

Ján Gašpárek (1980) finished his studies of clarinet at the Bratislava State Conservatory in 2000. He continued in study on Academy of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica where he had achieved Master degree of Art in 2005. He attended international interpretation master classes in Hungary at Ráckeve Music Castle Festival at professors Jože Kotar, Kohán István and Dittrich Tibor. He had studied saxophone private at prof. Alexander Stepanov and he play in several jazz orchestras in Czech Republic and Slovakia. He’s professor of clarinet and saxophone at music school in Czech Republic.