"The distinctive dynamism the NOCZ quartet displayed tonight with their emphasis on rhythm, collective improvisation and unique free style made for an explosive night of unconventional jazz played by consummate, innovative performers."
Thanks to Ján Sudzina and Hev Het for having us on Grand tour with Iva Bittová. And to the wonderful audiences in Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
new pictures from tour
new video from Budapest Live in Lumen
"I am happy to inform that portal "Pomoderna" have published a summary of the year 2013 - each of the authors had to choose 3 likes and 3 dislikes. I have written inter alia about Nocz Quartet which is, I believe, a brilliant piece of jazz.
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new photos from the Toys, Toys and Toys release tour in October 2013 with special guests Martin Chodúr, Jiří Levíček, Jaromír Honzák
Didrik Ingvaldsen - trumpet
Radim Hanousek - saxophone
Marian Friedl - double bass
Dag Magnus Narvesen - drums
special guest Iva Bittová - violin, vocals
Norwegian-Czech free jazz quartet NOCZ is led by Norwegian trumpeter and composer Didrik Ingvaldsen, who is active simultaneously on the experimental jazz scenes in Norway, Berlin and New York. Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen implements his current activities mainly in Berlin. The Czech musicians Radim Hanousek and Marian Friedl work together in a number of Czech jazz formations, moreover Hanousek is seriously engaged in contemporary music and Friedl in Moravian folk music.
The music of NOCZ has a unique flavor based on the work of trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen, who combines modern trends of experimental jazz with classic free jazz approaches and a traditional lineup: trumpet, saxophone, double bass, and drums. Their music is characterized by lot of energy, distinctive dynamic breaks, heavily orchestrated passages alternating with freer ones, expressive melodies, emphasis on rhythm in the compositions, and collective improvisation.
Their common album NOCZ & Iva Bittová brings a unique combination of the Czech-Norwegian band that draws influences from free jazz, noise and ambient music with the distinctive Czech female vocalist, while their common distinguishing feature is an easy overcoming the genre barriers, sovereign expression in the field of improvised music and free vocalize combined with a significantly dense brass section and dynamic rhythm.
“An undoubtedly successful and progressive jazz album, rarely heard in our homeland!” (Jan Hocek - JazzPort) “The compositions mix muscular, rhythmic free jazz with sonic experimental sonic elements, spiced with Balkan and Klezmer overtones, alternating between tight, orchestrated parts and fiery free improvisations.” (Eyal Hareuveni - All About Jazz)
Singer and violinist Iva Bittová is one of the few artists from the Czech Republic to enjoy an international career. Her irresistible charm, original use of voice, and fondness of melodies that sit on the border of avant-garde and playground nursery rhymes won her devoted fans around the world, although the core of her audience resides in Eastern Europe. (AllMusic.com)
Osobitý charakter hudbě pět let fungující norsko-české free jazzové formace NOCZ udává interpretace skladeb norského trumpetisty Didrika Ingvaldsena, které kombinují současné trendy v experimentálním jazzu s klasickými free jazzovými postupy a tradičním obsazením kapely ve složení trubka, saxofon, kontrabas a bicí. Typická je velmi energická hra s výraznými dynamickými zlomy, kombinace prokomponovaných pasáží s volnými plochami, výrazná melodika, významná práce s rytmem v kompoziční práci i kolektivní improvizace.
last cd nocz & iva bittová: "Album eloquently titled NOCZ & Iva Bittová brings a unique combination of the Czech-Norwegian band that draws influences from free jazz, noise and ambient music with a distinctive Czech female vocalist. Their common distinguished feature is to easily overcome the genre barriers, sovereign expression in the field of improvised music and free vocalize combined with a significantly dense brass section and dynamic rhythm."...Hevhetia, 2014
nocz & iva bittová - "An undoubtedly successful and progressive jazz album, rarely heard in our homeland!" ...JazzPort, 2014/11 (Jan Hocek)
"Nocz Quartet is, I believe, a brilliant piece of jazz" ...Pomoderna, 2014/1 (Łukasz Łoziński)
"The compositions mix muscular, rhythmic free jazz with sonic experimental sonic elements, spiced with Balkan and Klezmer overtones, alternating between tight, orchestrated parts and fiery free improvisations." ...All About Jazz, 2013/9 (Eyal Hareuveni)
"Listening to this music is a true delight from start to finish!"...Adam Baruch, 2015/8