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The SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER international festival of theatre schools has entered its 28th year. As part of today’s event, theatrical performances and concerts will be held on Moravské náměstí at the statue of Jošt.  more

Alkinoos Ioannidis is visiting Brno as part of his European tour at the invitation of the group Jannis Moras & Banda, who will be appearing at his concert as guests. The Brno concert will take place in the Melodka club.  more

A singing workshop focused on traditional Roma songs will take place in the Amaro Records recording studio and musical café.  more

The American trombone player Fred Wesley will be visiting Brno. The former member of the accompanying band of James Brown will perform together with The New JB’s.  more

In April the Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica will once more be returning to the Czech Republic. He will be presenting his new album The New Silk Road in Brno’s Sono Centre.  more

Dancing with a Partner is the topic of the new workshop of the Balladine dance school. The target is to learn the choreography of Nacho Duato. Vendula Vlasáková and Josef Koutný are the managers of the workshop.  more

Vitalic, a personality on the French electronic scene, famous for his fusion of techno, disco and synth-pop, will perform in the Fléda club. As part of his Olympia tour, in Brno he will present his latest retro-futuristic album Voyager. Tickets are already on sale.  more

A pair of young conductors of the Faculty of Music at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts will perform at a joint orchestral concert in Besední dům. Jiří Najvar and Jiří Habart, students of conducting, will be in charge of almost sixty players from the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Under their leadership, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Francis Poulenc and Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek will be heard.  more

The international festival of noise, experimental music and performance follows the noise festivals of recent years that took place in the now closed Boro club and in the Paradox club. The Dutch band FCKN BSTRDS, Company Fuck from Australia and the noise propagator Dawid Kowalski, who appears under the stage name Purgist, will perform as part of this year’s festival.  more

The Easter Festival of Sacred Music enters its 27th year with the topic Garden and Vineyard. As part of the festival, we will get to see the German groups Singer Pur and the Ensemble Musikfabrik, followed by Motus Harmonicus, Cappella Mariana, Vox Iuvenalis, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and the Brno Philharmonic under new upcoming principal conductor Dennis Russell Davies.  more

The group Billy Barman from Slovakia ended its Czech-Slovak tour at Brno’s Fleda. This series of concerts was interesting not only its purely acoustic form but especially for bringing together five singers from SĹUK (the Slovak Folk Artists’ Collective). This fusion of pop music and folk was originally created for the Tatra Flowers festival. Its unprecedented success, however, made the musicians decide to expand their repertoire and perform not only in the Slovak Republic, but also for their Czech neighbours. more

“I knew who I wanted to work with and that guided me when I was trying to set up a group with a pleasant sound,” said the French accordionist Vincent Peirani in 2015, shortly after the release of his key album Living Being. At that time he had already completed several interesting acoustic projects including an album with the saxophonist Emil Parisien and he has continued in this style. In 2016 he brought out an enjoyable CD of duets with the pianist Michael Wollny and not long ago he worked with the pianist Stefano Bollani and the Berlin Philharmonic on the album Mediterraneo, inspired by classical music. The Living Being project is however of a completely different character, embodying the accordionist’s conception of electric music on the borders between jazz, rock and other genres. And it was with this programme that Peirani and his group came to Brno’s Husa na provázku (Goose on a String) theatre.  more

On Saturday 14 April, Dělnický dům in Brno-Židenice hosted the traditional performance of the Javorník ensemble and its guests. The Olšava ensemble from Uherský Brod was their guest. The history of these double concerts dates back to 2003, and from that time thirteen folk ensembles have performed on the stage.  more

“The history of the band Gazdina roba goes back to the 1990’s, when most of the current members would meet up in the local Brno bands. […] Gazdina roba functioned for years as a studio project. The turning point happened ten years after its creation with the release of their first regular album under the fitting title Deset let jsme se neviděli (We Haven’t Seen Each Other for Ten Years) in 2004 […] In 2017, the band released their second album První poslední (From Beginning to End)”. That is the basic information found on their website www.gazdinaroba.cz. These are bare facts, which doesn’t really tell us that Gazdina roba (which could be translated as Farmer’s Wench), an almost secret band in the Brno scene, is in its genre of rock song-writing one of the best to be found. Their musical energy brilliantly ties together with their poetic texts.  more

“Up until now, I recorded instrumental songs – with a few exceptions but most of them were instrumental. This is truly the first album where I sing 100% of the songs from beginning to end, which is a big change for me. I needed to make such a step, so I had a bit of fun and I recorded a vocal album,” Avishai Cohen, the Israeli bass player told me a few months ago over the phone. We were talking of course about his current album 1970, where he includes his own songs inspired by the popular music of the seventies, Eddie Palmieri’s classic Vamos Pa’l Monte, the American gospel Motherless Child or folk songs from the Middle East. The album 1970 in its context leans toward pop maybe as an exception, but also references the bass player’s personal history and his love of jazz and traditional Jewish music. The current tour, which included the concert in the Boby Centre in Brno as part of JazzFestBrno, corresponds with the album’s topic, and yet differs a bit. It is even more pop and can surprise even experienced listeners.  more

The oratorio St John Passion by the composer Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the indisputable jewels of the world’s music literature. Many conductors try to surprise the audience with a new, fresh, energetic and expressively rich conception of the composer's music. Among the bodies willingly accepting this difficult challenge is the Czech Ensemble Baroque under the direction of conductor and artistic director Roman Válek. They gave their version of one of the most frequently performed of Bach's works on Good Friday in Brno’s Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.   more

Entitled Stay Here and Keep Watch With Me, yesterday the Easter Festival of Sacred Music offered another concert in the Church of St. Augustine. To perform his Vigil for Six Voices and Instrumental Ensemble Wolfgang Rihm invited to the festival two renowned German ensembles - Ensemble Musikfabrik and the vocal sextet Singer Pur - for which the work was composed. The conductor Christian Eggen was responsible for a bravura performance of this extremely harrowing piece.  more

At first, Slavík performed only with the experienced American musician Doug Hammond, who has played with stars of the American jazz scene like Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. Hammond’s compositions are based almost solely on rhythm, to which he adds his specific kind of singing that doesn’t follow the classic melodic line, rather playing rhythmic games with the drums. Here, one truly cannot talk about incomprehensible drum solos. The entirety together with Slavík’s piano felt surprisingly light.  more

The musical ensemble Brno Contemporary Orchestra, which deals with contemporary musical work followed up on the last concert From Czechoslovakia by looking at it from another angle. The For Czechoslovakia concert’s programme included works by foreign composers, written either specifically for the anniversary or with topics related to Czechoslovakia. Quo vadis? by Alois Piňos, who died exactly ten years ago on 19 September, was the first song to be played.  more

Donny McCaslin and his then band Perpetual Motion was a great attraction already in 2012, when the organisers of JazzFest Brno presented him as a foreign star who was to bring his energetic, jazz/funk music to Brno. This year was totally different. Czech audiences know McCaslin well from his concert at Colours of Ostrava and other appearances here, but mainly as the man who worked with David Bowie on his last, critically acclaimed, album Blackstar. Though Bowie’s shadow dogs McCaslin, he doesn’t try to escape it. His album Beyond Now (2016) includes his own version of the singer’s dark piece Warszawa from 1976 and the twenty-years-younger song A Small Plot Of Land (with singer Jeff Taylor). And Bowie could be heard (though as an addition) at the Brno concert too.  more

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