"Slavek Hanzlik is a contemporary bluesgrass and instrumental musician who came to prominence in the mid-'90s.

Hanzlik was born and raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia and he stayed there until 1982, when he became a political refugee. He moved to Canada and was a citizen of that country for over a decade. He released his American debut, Spring in the Old Country, on Flying Fish in 1991. By the mid-'90s, he moved to the US, making his home in Chicago. In 1995, he signed the Hollywood subsidiary Sierra and released Summer Solstice. The album received strong reviews from contemporary instrumental and progressive bluegrass circles and was followed two years later by Fall of My Dreams."
(All Music Guide)

“Czech born Hanzlik emerges as one of the great flat-picking stylists of his day. His exemplary technical skills and uncanny knack for writing melodies as if they could only have been originated as guitar tunes set him apart. Slavek takes his Eastern European roots and transplants them into the mountain soils of bluegrass-country” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine) - “The three major projects Hanzlik has done to-date have marked him as a major player on the progressive acoustic scene T…”(Chicago Tribune) - “Slavek is a master of melody. Melody, conjuring moods and attitudes, telling stories without lyrics with patterns so persuasive and so ‘right’ once heard, they insist on being remembered …”(Bluegrass Canada) - “Slavek is obviously a picker’s picker. His music speaks directly to a new generation of listeners…” (Bluegrass Unlimited)

Spring In The Old Country (Flying Fish Records) with Bela Fleck, Stuart Duncan, Mark Schatz,
Summer Solstice (Sierra-Hollywood Rec.) with Bela Fleck, Stuart Duncan, Mark Schatz, Rob Ickes, Tim O’Brien
Fall Of My Dreams (Sierra-Hollywood) with B. Fleck, S. Duncan, M. Schatz, Tim O’Brien, Rob Ickes, Scott Vestal, Jerry Douglas

selected composing credits
Spring In The Old Country & Summer Solstice short-listed for Grammy awards (Instrumental Album Of The Year category)
- The Great Season Waltz composition featured on Grammy-awarded CD The Great Dobro Sessions (Sugar Hill Records)
- Harvest Of Change – soundtrack for CBC documentary (The Journal, National broadcast) - Eventide, Autumn Farewell, Wind
In The Heather – music for CBC doc. Legacy - Manitoba CIDO recording grant recipient (Spring In The Old Country 1989)
- Canada Council For The Arts grant recipient (Non-Classical Music category 2006)

selected public appearances
The Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) - The Whitaker Center (Harrisburg, PA) - The Vic Theatre (Chicago, IL) - Wallnut
Valley fest. (Winnfield, KS) - The Chicago World Music fest. - The Winnipeg Jazz Festival - The Merle Watson Memorial fest.
(Wilkesboro, NC) - Canadian major folk festivals (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Stan Rogers) - IBMA showcase
(Owensboro, KY) - live on Peter Gzowsky’s Morning-side (National CBC Radio) - live on Vickie Gabro (National CBC Radio)
Cornwall Bluegrass Fest (England)

selected recordings featuring Slavek
ChowDogs: Not The Same (w. Greg Cahill, Dallas Wayne, Ollie O’Shea) - Emory Lester: Pale Rider (w. Tony Trishka, Ray
Legere, Kene Hyatt - Smyth & O’Reilly: Dick Smyth and Mike O’Reilly Band (w. Emory Lester, Ray Legere, Bobby Goff)

producer of recordings
Monogram (CZ):Siesta - Invisible Breakfast Band(Austria):Out To Lunch - UpThe Creak Bluegrass band(Canada):Up The Creek

instructional workshops
Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Camp (Maryville, TN) - Augusta Heritage Center (Augusta, VA) - The BC Bluegrass Workshop
(Sorrento, BC) - The Old Town School Of Music Master-classes (Chicago, IL) - Folklore Center (Ottawa,ON)

album review Mark Schatz and Stuart Duncan are joined here by Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien,
Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes and Scott Vestal to support Hanzlik on 11 joyous and imaginative tracks, all but one(Yellow Rose Of Texas sung by Tim O’Brien) are instrumentals composed by Hanzlik himself.The tunes cover as wide a stylistic range as one might expect given Hanzlik’s trans-global background. Hanzlik’s compositions skills shouldn’t overshadow his picking talent. He should take the back seat to no one in his imagination, tone and drive. But he and producer Schatz do such a good job of framing each piece distinctively, with different members of the stellar session crew taking turns and leading each number, that the overall effect is not of an individual guitarist’s spotlight album but rather, as Fleck notes state, “like a band that’s progressing together”. Fans of wonderful acoustic new-grass music will definitely want to give a listen to Fall Of My Dreams, one of the most consistently exciting instrumental albums to come out since Bela Fleck’sDrive”. (
Bluegrass Unlimited, Nov. 2002)

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