Guitar, Czech Republic
Libor Šmoldas (1982) is a Prague based jazz guitarist. Besides top Czech and European musicians he has worked and recorded with international stars such as George Mraz, Jeff Ballard, Sam Yahel, Bobby Watson, Adam Nussbaum, Brian Charette and Jay Anderson.
In spite of his being awarded a scholarship to Berklee School of Music, he has been living in Prague all his life and visiting the U.S.A. often. He toured the USA with his czech quartet in 2011 and made appereances in New York (Smalls), Washington DC, Richmond, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and more. While in the United States, Libor recorded with Nussbaum, Anderson, Mraz, Ballard and Yahel. Working on several other projects, Libor had the opportunity to present himself in China, Australia, and of course most of well-known European cities.
Libor’s quartet often collaborates with legendary saxofonist Bobby Watson. They toured together and recorded an album which will be out in the 2013.!
As a teacher he works at the advanced jazz department of the Prague conservatory. Libor has taught at jazz camps in Sydney Australia, Prague and Germany, and has led masterclasses at several colleges in the USA.
Libor helps young musicians to grow and helps jazz music to gain recognition in the Czech Republic.
“ Šmoldas' melodic lines move gracefully and happily through the music..... lovely electric guitar work ”
All About Jazz, NYC
“He’s a warm, inventive straight-ahead guitarist with some great ideas and the chops to express them.”
Jazz Express, USA