EFG London Jazz Festival 2022

HI5 + Vertigo


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The Central European Jazz Showcase (CEJS) was originally planned for November last year, but the pandemic stepped in. However, the concept of a two-day concert show of bands from the Czech Republic and Austria was retained, and the final two winning bands, HI5 and Vertigo, selected last summer will finally be able to showcase and popularize Czech and Austrian jazz scenes.

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HI5 was founded in 2011 and has released 6 albums. The latest album "Southern Inspection Tour" was recorded live at their China Tour in 2019 and reflects the artisitical and logistical influence their extensive touring did to their music - that's why this album is both rocking & edgy and electronic & forwardthinking - but still creating music in the self entitled genre "minimal jazz chamber music" - with playing only original music.

Almost since the beginning HI5 held on to it's original line up of Matthias Legner (vib), Philipp Ossanna (guit), Clemens Rofner (b) and Chris Norz (dr) and played hundreds of shows in Europe, Northern America and Asia - including festivals like Trondheim Jazzfestival, Leopolis Jazzfestival, Jazz Festival Alto Adige, Outreach Jazzfestival NYC, Tuscia in Jazz and many more.

HI5 was awarded with several jazz awards, including the Grand Prize at the Bucharest Intl. Jazz competition, Jimmy Woode European Jazz award & Joe Zawinul Prize. 

Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London.  


Vertigo ranks among the most original of Czech-Slovak groups. Founded in 2002 by pianist Vojt?ch Procházka, saxophonist Marcel Bárta, bass player Rastislav Uhrik, and drummer Daniel Šoltis, and later joined by trumpeter, Oskar Török and the singing cellist, Dorota Barová, their aim is to find their own musical language. The impetus: jazz. Gradually, through their versatility, they arrived at their own unique sound. Vertigo's music is characterized by unbounded improvisation, creating sophisticated compositions bordering on contemporary classical, as well as refined song forms. To date, they have released six albums, won three Golden Angel awards and been nominated four times. They have played dozens of concerts in both domestic and foreign venues, mainly clubs and festivals. Thanks to their unflagging enthusiasm and indisputable musical qualities, Vertigo has forged an unmistakably original identity within the European music scene.

Supported by the Czech Centre London.