Ing. Stanislav Menkyna (guitarist, vocalist, music lover)
*born in 1955 in Michalovce, Slovak Republic
He started attending studies of classical guitar at Music Academy for children in Bratislava in period 1965-1970. There he developed his talent with the help of his teachers first. ”Classical guitar gave me a solid musical foundation for future development. “ He started singing around the same time. It was at that time that he started playing in various formations most frequently duos.
I was blessed to be raised in the sixties and to be growing up in the seventies fully realizing what was happening on international and domestic music scene.
He was strongly influenced by Beatles, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Free and others.
I un reservedly admired creativeness as well as vocal and instrumental virtuosity of artists writing and performing in the sixties and seventies when all musical barriers have been pushed back and new musical and vocal trends and techniques developed. My ambition has always been not only to listen to this wonderful music but to be able to play and sing it in my own way on a professional level.
In period 1984 – 2003 his career led him to London where he had been working and residing all this time. Although the artistic part of his life had to be put on a back burner for a while due to his top executive positions his favourite music has always stayed at the forefront in his life. “I was still playing and singing – however not on a regular basis and not as often as I would have wished to. Nevertheless over the period of time I was privileged to attend endlessly numerous concerts and venues and absorb this unique musical atmosphere of London and other British cities which would stay with me forever.”
After the repatriation to Slovakia he joined the local musical scene and played in various formations with Jan “Ponka” Duban, Miro Malinovsky, Milan Konfrater, Peter “ Bonzo” Radvanyi to name a few.
All of a sudden I felt that both instrumentally and vocally I needed professional improvement.
The answer was to return to schooling where he first started.
For a number of years he has been attending Music Academy on guitar in Bratislava as well as receiving guitar lessons from UK blues guitarist J. Socha to improve his guitar skills an techniques. Likewise he has been attending vocal lessons with his vocal teacher to improve his signing techniques.
It is outright uneasy to play believable “claptonesque” kind of music and he was looking for nearly all his musical life for a suitable partner to play those important solos. He found one in Miro Zahradnik whose virtuoso instrumental ability, sensibility and feeling gives the music it´s life important ingredient.
If we have succeeded to recreate the atmosphere and energy of the songs we play on the stage it would have become a fulfilment of my lifetime ambition.