Nikol Bóková Quartet
Nikol Bóková is a performer in the world of classical music, but at the same time she is one of the most talented authors on the contemporary jazz scene. Her work is based on her original professional training as a classical pianist, however in an original way she combines the genre of jazz, classical music, but also pop and minimalism.
Over the course of three years, she has recorded three studio albums, which have met with positive reviews from critics. The albums Inner Place and Unravel has been recorded with their trio – Martin Kocián (double bass) and Michał Wierzgoń (drums). She invited world-class teammate Radek Baborák (horn), David Dorůžka (electric guitar) and Jaromír Honzák (double bass) to collaborate on the third author’s album Prometheus. Her recent achievements include the Anděl Award for Inner Place, the second prize for album Unravel in the poll Česká jazzová sklizeň, the Jantar Award for Soloist of the Year, the first prize in the Central European Jazz Showcase 2021 competition and the OSA Award for Prometheus as the best jazz song of the year.
In addition to composing, Nikol is fully dedicated to classical interpretation. She performs with solo repertoire in the Czech Republic and abroad, as well as a soloist with leading Czech orchestras. Her recitals also feature festivals such as JazzFestBrno, Hybatelé Rezonance, America jaro, Summartónar and Janáčkův Máj festival.
Nikol, in collaboration with Jan Vala, founded the audiovisual project Cataplasm, in which they create film-produced masterclasses, documentaries from the world of music, piano lessons for beginners, music video clips and audiovisual recordings of classical interpretation. In addition to the pianist and composer, Nikol is also a screenwriter and editor within this project.