"Self-taught guitarist of great talent, composer-interpreter, multi-instrumentalist, Jan V. Vanek is a true globetrotter jazzman.
He is a born musician, a virtuoso in service of musical expression. Wherever he travels, he observes, listens and brings new sounds.
Jan V. Vanek is not quite unknown. This discrete personality that says "that fame did not interest to him at all» (which, we must confess, is not very common among artists ...) leaves a very vivid memory in the minds of those who were able to see and hear him, here and there.
Each time, beyond the appearances of flamboyant virtuosity and the very communicative rage to play, we have the feeling of being in the presence of an inhabited artist who has many more things to say.
It‘s intuition to deal with a precious and rare musician.
Hardliner researcher for many years, Jan has continued to travel the world looking for communion with nature and with the elements, permanent and perennial source of musical and spiritual inspiration.
Sparking a general enthusiasm to every concert, it is often appreciated for its varied repertoire that he knew how to expand over the years. Franco-Czech musician, he releases a lot of energy and charisma. He found himself. ... "
Didier LEVALLET bassist former Director of ONJ and the National Theatre of Montbeliard France
"A concert with Jan V. Vanek, of course, is a work of art but is also a humanist journey, a discovery, the meeting with a whole being including in his kindness and listening to others, it’s indeed a rare and special time where everyone wanted to return, whatever be musician or music lover, novice or regular to concert halls, everyone find a pleasure, his own pleasure.
It is rare to see so many dazzled eyes, endless smiles, and trouble to say what we just experienced at the output of each Jan V. Vanek’s concert...
So, at the end of season and as a kind of apotheosis, Jan Vanek proposes us a concert with the “CIEL ORCHESTRA in the ROTONDA’s THEATRE. Ensemble of musicians livens up by the same passion even by the same madness, by the same commitment or even by the same liturgical act.
And what had been given to us to see and mostly to hear that night was precious, rare, divine, bringing us to ecstasy and it addressed in its diversity to our whole body and especially to all our being, to all that is the most essential in us.
A concert by Jan V. Vanek and “LE CIEL ORCHESTRA" is far beyond a concert, beyond a musical moment even a magic one: it is what the culture must be when it’s often a consumption product, talented but quickly forgotten. Jan’s music affects us and goes far beyond of the listening moment, it touches the divine ...»
Jacky Castang Director Vosges Scenes France
Guitarist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, flutes, drums, piano, Chinese harp, koto, percussion, esraj ...) make himself some instruments.
He feeds his music with all kinds of inspirations: Indian rhythmic, continuous breath, guitar techniques invented ... but especially intense listening to the world, to the nature (mines, caves ...) and his own the inner world.
Between roads and concerts, he immersed himself in world music that he includes into Jazz. He traveled and gave concerts among others in Japan, Canada, China, French Polynesia, Easter Island, India, Indonesia, Scandinavia, Hungary, Serbia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, USA, New Zealand, French West Indies, Egypt...
Besides the whole "CIEL ORCHESTRA" and his duo, trio, quartet under his name ... he plays in different union groups: from swing to free jazz, from fusion music off the beaten tracks to Piazzolla tango, from classical and contemporary music to his own version of Gypsy jazz...
If you see someone playing the saxophone close to a waterfall, playing flute on the top of a tree, playing the guitar in the middle of a peat bog or trying to tighten strings on an old hollow tree to make a harp: it's him. "
Françoise BARRET storyteller