The U.S. Embassy Welcomes the Chris Byars Quartet Back to the Slovak Republic

The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is pleased to bring a renowned jazz quartet the Chris Byars, back to Slovakia June 30-July 7, 2015 for the 6th time. The first time Quartet visited Slovakia was in 2008. The Quartet will tour Slovak cities sharing ideas and best practices with arts students, teachers, and the general public and will perform in Bratislava, Brezno, Kezmarok, Lucenec.

The workshop taking part in Kokava nad Rimavicou with Roma children choir Cerechnora will focus on collaborative performance with the Quartet that will take place in Bratislava on July 6 at 7pm on the Main Square.

Concert dates

Thursday, July 2, 07:00 pm
Brezno, nám. gen. M.R.Štefánika

Friday, July 3, 04:30 pm
Kežmarok, big stage close to the Town Hall

Saturday, July 4, 08:20 pm
Restaurant Biela labuť, Lučenec

Monday, July 6, 07:00 pm
Bratislava, Hlavne namestie, special guest of the concert: 35-member Roma children choir Cerechnora from Kokava nad Rimavicou (choir manager Vladimir Sendrei)


Thursday, July 2, 02:00 pm
ZUŠ Krčulova 1209/21, 977 01 Brezno
Free entrance

Friday, July 3, 01:00 pm
City Cultural Center, Starý trh 46, Kežmarok
Free entrance

Saturday, July 4, 02:00 pm
Lučenec, CESPOM, J.Kármána 26, Lučenec,
Free entrance

Monday, July 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer jazz workshop organized in cooperation with the Slovak Jazz Association, Konzervatorium,Tolstého 1, Bratislava

Members of the Quartet include Ari Roland (bass), Stefan Schatz (drums), Chris Byars (tenor saxophone), and Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone). The Chris Byars Jazz Quartet (New York) is inspired by jazz music from the 1930’s through 1950’s, also known as the “Golden Age of Jazz.” The ensemble’s repertoire includes pieces by jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday, as well as their own critically acclaimed original compositions.

The group will be available for press on Wednesday, July 1 at 1100 in the hotel Marrols, Bratislava. Any requests for other interviews should be directed to the American Embassy:

All concerts may be filmed and reshown.

For more information on the jazz quartet, including MP3 links to some of their music, please visit following websites: