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Slovakia, Peter Lipa & Band
Peter Lipa (voc), Radovan Tariška (sax), Peter Lipa jr. (p), Michal Šimko (b), Michal Fedor (dr)
Jazz, Funk, Blues
Peter Lipa (1943) is the most important personality of the Slovak jazz scene. He created a distinctive vocal performance with an emphasis on lyrics. His music comes from a combination of jazz and blues influenced by singers like Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, or Bobby McFerrin. He was the first singer who applied the slovak language in jazz. After the velvet revolution in 1989, the Slovak Jazz Society was established. Peter Lipa is the president since the beginning.
As a singer he was performing on all continents and he recorded 25 albums in slovak and english. The curiosity of his career is that because of the communist censorship, he wasn’t allowed to record an album until he was 40 years old. His most powerful experience in music was a duet with Bobby McFerrin. The maestro invited him on stage at the end of his concert in Bratislava 1986.
Peter Lipa, native of Presov. He was the lead singer of such bands as: Strings, Istropilana, Blues Five, Gustav Offerman Orchestra, Revival Jazz Band, T + R Band and Lipa-Andršt Blues Band. As a singer throughout his career, he was seeking and finding a connection with a good pianist. Ladislav Gerhard, Milan Svoboda, Gabriel Jonáš, Emil Viklický, Peter Breiner, Boris Urbánek, Juraj Tatár, Pavol Bodnár and his son Peter Lipa jr. – these are just some of them. In 1978 he started his own band Combo. This project in various forms , but under the name “Peter Lipa Band¨ still works. Parallel to this, Peter works on many short-term and long-term cooperations and projects. Currently, he also sings with the Visegrad Blues Band, EU4 and Traditional club.
Slowakisches Institut in Berlin