PaCoRa (SK)

The set-up of three experienced musicians (Palúch, Comendant and Ragan) has been on stage since 2004. The music they make is based on interfacing jazz and folklore music (Slovak and Moldavian), colored by elements of jazz music. The repertoire of the trio includes arrangements of jazz standards as well as their original compositions. The trio recorded its first CD Pacora Trio in 2005 in Hevhetia publishing house. Shortly after the release, the CD received a positive response both at home and abroad (a 4-star rating in the prestigious BBC Music Magazine – June 2006). Soon, Pacora started to perform abroad – in top concert venues of jazz and world music (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Denmark). In 2007 the trio was invited by the director of Brno Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the compositions of PaCoRa in arrangements for orchestra. It was a great success and since then they have been regularly performing with prominent orchestras (Slovak Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Zlín Philharmonic, Bratislava Chamber Soloists and Slovak Sinfonietta). Pacora has made recordings for Czech and Slovak TV and radio, Austrian ORF and for films. New album called Fugit Hora was releasd in 2012. While the first album can be described as jazz with light folk elements (resembling the style of Django Reinhardt but playing the dulcimer instead of the guitar), the second is quite the opposite: more focusing on Slovak and Moldavian folklore with the feeling of jazz.