A gifted young singer with distinctive and wide-ranging vocal skills, Jordana Talsky continues to celebrate the recent release of her critically-praised debut recording, “Standard Deviation”, a mix of pop and jazz standards, currently receiving airplay across Canada, the U.S.A., Europe, and Australia. The recording features a seamless mix of pop and jazz material.
The high-flying vocalist/songwriter was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Competition for one of the album’s original tracks, “Panta Niwas”; a semi-finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition; and runner-up for the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists (CJSF Radio, Simon Fraser University).
Jordana’s unique sound and varied style may be attributed to her wide ranging experience. As a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorusin her youth, she performed with several ensembles, among them the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony and National Ballet of Canada, gaining experience in radio, TV, and theatre en route. She attended the renowned Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary in Toronto, majoring in voice, and there began classical operatic training that continued through her time in Montreal as a student at McGill. She later worked in the realms of jazz-funk (Kokoro), acapella (Effusion) and musical theater (Gilbert & Sullivan Savoy Society).
In her native Toronto, she worked hard to develop her own sound and immersed herself in various projects, including the Young Centre for the Performing Arts’ inaugural Emerging Artists Program; Discoveries, a showcase of emerging Canadian talent at one of Canada’s premier live music venues; and as a member of the prestigious Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Festival work includes the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival, Savour Stratford Arts Festival, Jazz on the Mountain at Blue, Markham Jazz Festival, Newmarket Jazz Festival, Iris Jazz Series (Buffalo) among others.
Bartosz Hadala was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and started his musical education at the age 7 at the local School of Music. Still as a teenager he participated in competitions, workshops and festivals. He became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition at the age of 15. Two years later he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 1996, he left for Odessa, Ukraine, to study at the Odessa Conservatory with professor Anatoliy Kardashev. In 1998, Bartosz went to the USA to study jazz at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. In 2003 he presented his quintet at the IAJE Conference in Toronto, Canada. In May, the same year, he moved to New York City to pursue his career in music. He worked and recorded music with many well known artists, such as: Randy Brecker, Billy Hart, Lenny White, Antonio Sanchez, Johannes Weindenmueller, Dave Anderson, Ada Rovatti, Jon Irabagon and Rupert Wates.
In 2010 Bartosz moved to Canada (Toronto), where he performs with drummers: Adam Hay, Mark Kelso, Marito Marques, bassists Mike Downes and Rich Brown, or saxophonist Chris Gale among others.
Also in 2010, Bartosz joined the Piloo Records and Production label to release his first jazz album entitled “The Runner Up”, featuring jazz greats, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The album has been well received by the critics, who praised Bartosz for his musicianship and his compositions.
In the last 7 years, Bartosz visited Poland on many different occasions where he performed as leader and sideman with many legendary Polish jazz musicians such as: Jacek Pelc, Jarek Śmietana, Piotr Olszewski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Maciej Sikała as well as recent Grammy Winners bassist Paweł Pańta and drummer Cezary Konrad.