jazz, contemporary classical music
The two renowned figures of the Slovak jazz scene, saxophonist Nikolaj Nikitin and pianist Ľuboš Šrámek, have been working together in different projects and on several recordings for many years. Their partners have included, among others, Miroslav Vitous, Gregory Hutchinson, Peter Erskine, JD Walter, Lonnie Plaxico, Stanley Banks and Patches Stewart.
In 2017, the duo joined their creative forces and performing skills again, and the result
of their intense cooperation became to an enchanting album, Altar, with nine fragile miniatures, among them originals as well as paraphrases on themes of Leoš Janáček, J.S.Bach or a well-known standard. The album reflects both the classical and contemporary influences of the artists and their individual approaches to tradition, and won the Esprit Award, the Slovak Grammy, in 2017.
The duo’s recent tour in Mexico was followed in April (2019) by a recording at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in New York, with Tom Harrell, Drew Gress and Johnathan Blake.
Ľuboš Šrámek: piano
Nikolaj Nikitin: saxophone