Two violins, a concert grand, a double-bass: four instruments are all the Janoska Ensemble needs to get any auditorium buzzing. The musicians take centre stage, elegant in dark suits as ever, and it takes them only a few bars to get moving and set off a musical firework display in their legendary Janoska Style. Their energy communicates itself to the audience straight away and reverberates back on to the stage as enthusiasm. Julius Darvas is cousin to the three brothers Ondrej, František and Roman Janoska. The man with the big double-bass emcees their programmes and this is how he describes that Janoska concert impact: “The mood in the audience is reflected 1:1 in how much we put into our playing; the feedback is particularly strong when we improvise. We give – we get – we give more – we take more – there’s no end to it. Then the energy really begins to circulate round the concert hall!”
This special energy has a name: it’s called Janoska Style. The award-winning programme of their eponymous debut album “Janoska Style” of 2016 has developed into the internationally recognized hallmark of the ensemble. That first “playlist” went gold in 2017, and for that very reason the musicians perform it with unfailing passion in concert, blending imaginative arrangements of internationally known classical music from the valleys of the Danube with jazz, pop, Latin, and traditional Balkan folk music. They arrange works by composers like Strauss, Massenet, Kreisler, Rachmaninov, Bizet, Waxman, Piazzolla, Sarasate and Paganini. Harmoniously incorporating them into the whole, they add suitably dedicated compositions of their own, establishing their credentials as masters of melody-making and at the same time showing that these four musicians truly are family.
With maximum virtuosity and consummate improvisational art, the Janoska Ensemble weave a colourful musical fabric that uniquely spans the centuries and relishes the comparisons and contrasts between countless musical cultures.