Valinor Quartet is a unique collaboration between Victor Prieto who is considered to be the leading jazz accordionist in the US and the International String Trio - Jakub Trasak (violin), Slava Tolstoy (guitar) and Greg Feingold (bass).
The all acoustic Valinor Quartet encompasses the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members, hailing from Russia, Spain, USA and Check Republic, to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The group!s riveting displays utilize a breathtaking range of styles - from classical to Beatles; from Gypsy Jazz to Klezmer, from popular movie soundtracks to Tango and a few surprises in between.
This multi-cultural concert experience instantly appeals to a wide range of audiences; large and small, young and old, from all walks of life. Their eclectic synergy explodes with buoyant energy, intimate acoustic dynamics, stylistically informed phrasing, and loving attention to detail.
When the future members of the quartet played together for the first time - they instantly new that something very special just happened."There is something magical about how the tone of accordion completes the sounds of our guitar / violin / bass trio" Tolstoy recalls.
What started as an informal jam session quickly evolved into a bustling sonic laboratory as the quartet steadily refined its repertoire and expanded its stylistic reach. The group has now honed its energetic concert program into an acoustic collection of articulate arrangements, exclusive to this rare instrumentation. Such shared proficiency is seldom seen or heard in today!s ever growing market of gimmicks and one dimensional music making.
Slava Tolstoy (guitar)
Slava's background includes studies of Composition and guitar performance at St.-Petersburg Jazz Conservatory, Russia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, where he was a scholarship student. He founded the "International String Trio" in 1999 and developed a unique performance concept for the Int'l String Trio. Slava performs up to 200 shows a year all around the United Stated as a guitarist and a band leader with both IST and the Valinor Quartet.
Jakub Trasak (violin)
Jakub Trasak is one of the most talented and versatile violin players and producers of his generation. Born in Prague, Czech Republic he began playing violin at the age of three and his inborn talent for the instrument became quickly apparent. Before his fifteenth birthday, Mr. Trasak had recorded three solo CDs, performed hundreds of concerts, and appeared in countless prime time television shows across the Europe. Jakub has performed over 1500 shows and clinics around the world including Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico Symphony, New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and the Old Town Square in Prague, as well as at numerous Performance Art Centers all across the US.
Victor Prieto (accordion)
Grammy Nominee Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as "A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer" and by The All About Jazz as "One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists now days".
Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace, Sony BMG Masterworks. "2010 Grammy Winning Album"), Arturo O'Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cristina Pato, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Emilio Solla ("Second Half" 2014 Grammy Nominated album) Paquito D'Rivera, Chris Cheek, Christian Howes Group. Victor teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music, "Playing outside the Box", Spain, Italy, Portugal and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York.
Some of Victor's awards and prizes are: The Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize CMZK's Concourse of Composition.
Greg Feingold (bass)
Greg started playing piano at the age of five and transitioned to bass when he was 10. He soon began performing all over the Chicagoland area with various groups. After graduating from the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Greg was given a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
After graduating, Greg moved to New York and began playing with Winard Harper. Throughout his stay in New York, he worked with legendary jazz performers such as Jimmy Cobb, Eric Reed, Eric Harland, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Turre and many others. Greg moved to Seattle in 2015 to change his surroundings and currently performs with a variety of groups around the west coast. He also co-leads the 200 Trio which performs around the country as one of the up and coming jazz guitar trios.
Ippei Ichimaru (bass)
Ippei Ichimaru has been a professional bass player/arranger since 1991 in Australia and America. He does more than 250 performances a year and is one of the most active bass players in Boston. He has had the pleasure of playing with or arranging for many talented international musicians such as Gil Askey (ex-chief arranger of Motown label), Danilo Perez (Grammy Winner), Phil Wilson (Grammy nominee), George Garzone, etc. He is a member of a critically acclaimed Japanese ensemble ensemble "WaFoo"
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