An award winning formation AsGuests has been essentially a collaboration project between vibraphonist Miro Herak and pianist Michal Vanoucek. They met during their classical music studies at the conservatory in Bratislava, Slovakia, where they presented their musical ideas in their own compositions in duo as well as in a quartet for the very first time.
After resounding success, they decided to continue the concept of collaborating with different musicians and to this day the projects range from duo (piano and vibes) to a septet with strings.
During the year 2004 AsGuests won two first prizes for the best formation – The Pim Jacobs Muziek Prijs in Rotterdam and The Dutch Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Their well received quartet debut album “Enter As Guests” came out a year later (2005).
“Herak and Vanoucek, by their individual and collective interplay know how to create a very contemporary sound. With their excellent and interesting compositions and their fresh and present-day approach this first-born of AsGuests sounds very promising.”
∼ Cees van de Ven (Draai om je oren)
AsGuests has recorded another two titles – a DVD “Live In Belgium” (DAR Productions) and “AsGuests with Strings: Universal Mind” featuring Dutch string players Jeffrey Bruinsma, Oene van Geel and Jorg Brinkmann, released on American record label “Origin Records”.
They toured in The Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech republic, United Kingdom, France and played important venues and jazz festivals all over Europe.