Tomas Liska (April 2010-present) is the newest member of Druha Trava and performs on bass. He began his career on bass-guitar in 1998, but continued studying over the next several years, studying at the Conservatorium of Jaroslav Jezek in Prague beginning in 2000. He soon became a presence on the local jazz scene, appearing with an array of musicians at the city's most important jazz clubs and festivals.
In 2004 he completed his studies at the Conseratorium and at the same time was accepted at the Prague Jazz College of Jaroslav Jezek. He has won numerous awards and honors at International Jazz Fesivals in many countries including Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy and Belgium and has appeared at jazz festivals in these countries as well as in France, Russia, South Africa, Morocco, Germany, and Austria. He has added an exciting new element to Druha Trava. Learn more about him at:
Druha Trava is a wonderfully individual band from the Czech Republic that is hard to describe.
They perform new acoustic world music with bluegrass influences. You might hear them perform a bluegrass tune, Bob Dylan tune or one by another American or British artist, or one of their many originals.
Though they basically use a typical bluegrass complement of instruments, you might see the banjo player also pick up a clarinet or Irish whistle. This along with the versatility of the dobro player helps create much of their unique sound. The Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic declared Druha Trava "Group of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006.