“All three jurors anonymously selected Kristina Barta for her fresh approach and the great interaction within her band members”
“Their music is a combination of jazz tradition and efforts to explore something new. The band sounds optimistic, after the periods of nervous or depressive modern jazz, perhaps, this is a new trend. Helped by the fact they are the young musicians who do not stick to the surface, but go directly to the essence of musical magic”
Kristina Barta is a Czech composer and pianist. After studying classical music and composition at the Prague Conservatory, she graduated from the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, specialising in jazz piano. She has won some international competitions: Krokus Jazz Festiwal 2017 in Poland, OSA composer's competition, Jazz Prix 2015, Euroradio Jazz Competition 2016.
Kristina worked with many musicians and performed in many well-known venues: Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Bimhuis Hall (NL), Radio France (F), Budapest Jazz Club (HU), Strasbourg's Jazzdor (F), D'Jazz Nevers (F), A-Trane (D) and others.
In 2017, Kristina Barta performed with Euroradio Jazz Orchestra and cooperated with many musicians in Europe. Also Kristina received a prize at the Polish Krokus Jazz Festiwal 2017 for playing the piano and for Barta's compositions. / The European Jazz Magazine
In 2016 Czech Radio as a member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), nominated a live recording of the Kristina Barta's concert in the prestigious European competition for young jazz projects, Euroradio Jazz Competition 2016. The trio was chosen by the European Commission among the four finalists and Kristina Barta Trio performed at the concert hall Bimhuis in Amsterdam. Czech Radio's news / other Czech media
In 2015, Kristina Barta founded her own trio with Jan Feco (bass) and Marek Urbanek (drums). Barta's own original arrangement (Autumn Leaves by J. Kosma) won the international competition Jazz Prix 2015. Official press release. The international jury composed by: R. Dombrowski (German music journalist), G. Schroder (The US Attorney Kurland Agency) and R. Linka (Czech jazz guitarist) took her distinctive and fresh approach to the arrangement, and to her own compositions. The trio has performed at the Bohemia Jazz Fest 2015 before bands like Yellowjackets.
EMA29 debut album by Kristina Barta has been released in 2017 on the Austrian label Alessa Records in cooperation with the Austrian promoter Peter Guschelbauer (among others in the years 2002 - 2007 he was the promoter of Joe Zawinul).
The steady trio Barta, Feco, Urbanek on the album expanded with distinguished guests. Trumpeter and composer Miroslav Hloucal, guitarist Krystof Tomecek, saxophonist and producer Karel Ruzicka jr. and American vibraphonist David Friedman, a professor at the Jazz Institute in Berlin (David Friedman worked with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver and Chet Baker).