P r o j e c t s
The Blessed Beat
David Kollar and Erik Truffaz
David Kollar and Arve Henriksen
David Kollar and Christian Fennesz
Slovak experimental guitarist / composer David Kollar (37) emerges as one of the most intriguing figures on the European Avant-Garde / Jazz scene in the last decade. His utterly unique approach both to the guitar as an instrument and the contemporary improvising / compositional idioms are fascinating and completely innovative.
Kollar's numerous recording projects, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator, are milestones of contemporary European experimental music sphere and each of those discloses another facet of his complex and constantly developing musical identity and his artistic personality.
Kollar treats his music with a deep degree of seriousness and personal involvement, as if each and every one of his projects was not only his proverbial brain child but as if it was his actual offspring. He treats his instrument as a gateway between his complex ideas and their audible representation, the same way a sculptor treats the chisel or a painter the brush.
David has released ten expansive albums, book, scored 18 films and worked on many multimedia projects.
In 2015, David founded the band KOMARA with Pat Mastelotto and Paolo Raineri.
As a guitarist and sound designer, David has participated in two tracks on Wilson's latest album TO THE BONE (2017) – one of the top 10 best-selling albums in some countries around the world including Great Britain (The UK Albums Chart), USA (Billboard - Top Rock Albums Chart and The Independent Albums Chart), Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand. He also collaborated on the new album of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness - Love You To Bits (2019)
David has a long list of albums and collaborations with many left-field artists to his name, including Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen, Erik Truffaz, Christian Fennesz, Steven Wilson, Tim Bowness, Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, Gergo Borlai, Paolo Raineri, Simone Cavina, Marco Minnemann, ...
Pat Mastelotto describes his style as “An interesting combination of Eastern European classical influences, jazz, ambient, techno, IDM, trippy heavy blues rock mixed with eastern folk styles, played on a homemade guitar through a quirky combination of pedals and effects…I know critics often like to put music into categories but with David’s music that’s very difficult to do.” OK, but if comparisons must be made, and they can be helpful to the uninitiated, the closest I can come up with is another David who blazes his own trail, David Torn.
Awards and Nominations:
TOP 13 Records of The Year - Guitar Moderne Magazine USA
TOP album Ádécouvrir Absolument France
TOP album Slovak doba.sk
Radio Head awards Nomination for The best jazz album
Radio Head awards Nomination for The best album
Best Ever Albums of 2015
TOP 50 Best albums by PITCHFORK 2015
Progressive rock TOP albums 2015
Hudba.sk Nomination for The best album of the year
TMMP TOP albums of The year 2015
Slovak Film and TV academy - Nomination for the best film score of 2016
101 Modern guitarist of 21th century, Prepared Guitar Spot Portugal
The Best Documentary film - NOMINATION Karlove Vary International film festival 2015
Top albums Musical Melting Pot
TOP 20 Prog Mag
Top 20 CKCU
Top 20 Gagliar Archives
Radio Head Awards - Award for Contribution to the Music 2018
Radio Head Awards - Nomination for the best album of 2018
Slovak Film and TV academy - award for the best film score of 2019
Album of the year - nOMINATION BY TATRABANKA FOUNDATION 2020
TOP 50 Albums of 2020 by The fragmented flaneur
TOP 20 albums by hudba.sk 2020
Radio Head Awards - Nomination for the best jazz album of 2020
Radio Head Awards - Nomination for the best jazz experimental of 2020
Radio Head Awards - Nomination for the best word music album of 2020
The best jazz album of 2020 - esprit awards
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mr. Mister)
Arve Henriksen (David Sylvian. Supersilent)
Eivind Aarset (Nils Petter Molvaer, Jon Hassel)
Christian Fennesz (Mike Patton, Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Trey Gunn (Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian)
Lenka Dusilová (Lucie, Pusa, Čechomor)
Tadeusz Sudnik (Tomasz Stanko)
Gergo Borlai (Tony Macalpine)
Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Aristocrats)