In the course of four days the Brno Music Marathon offered some 150 concerts with more than 500 participants. The festival brought together local artists and guests from abroad. The Jazz Evening in the Sono Centre opened with Brno’s Marek Kotača Trio, followed by Yaron Herman from Israel and Kenny Garrett from the USA, while on the stage at Špilberk Castle the local hip-hop legends Chaozz and the crossover and world music Dog Eat Dog got the audience moving. The Adicts from England together with the Prague group The Fialky took care of the rock evening at Fléda, while in the Sono Centre it was the Dutch Physical Graffiti paying tribute to Led Zeppelin. Brno was full of rock, with the British alt-J also performing on Sunday evening.
Kenny Garrett Quintet
As part of the Streetless Busking there were appearances from among others ILHAAM from France and the Underground Funk Orchestra from Hungary. There was also the local En.dru, Brno’s Mucha and Petr Váša. Hundreds of kids and their parents enjoyed the range of plays, concerts and workshops at the festival On Boards, Pavement and Grass which also had a special programme in the former penitentiary on Cejl Street, for lovers of classical music the Pianorelay in the Alf Pasáž with Ivo Kahánek, which also commemorated the 90th anniversary of the death of Leoš Janáček, or the Endless Organ in the Jesuit Church led by Professor Alena Veselá. In cooperation with the Brno Days there was a gala concert in the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, with a performance of the Mass in D major by Antonín Dvořák by the Ensemble Inégal. Musical connoisseurs will certainly have enjoyed the work Testimonianze – Svědectví by Jan Kapr, the premiere of which took place thanks to unique cooperation with the UPROSTŘED festival.
The festival in Brno also welcomed one of the main stars of Letní Letná ahead of Prague presented New Circus in the form of the French artists Cirque Inextremiste, who in the air-conditioned tent overwhelmed viewers with their acrobatic show with an earth mover. This year the buskers included organ grinders who took over Brno’s streets with their magic boxes. They met here as part of the 9th International Meeting of Organ Grinders, which finished with a joint concert in the Red Church. The courtyard of the Old Town Hall played host to folk music. Ensembles gathered on the stage of the South Moravian Region where they sang and danced until midnight on Saturday. Among those appearing were the Male Voice Choir from Kyjov as well as HM Petra Mičky, ĽH Poľana and guests…
Last year Brno was successful in becoming part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and so can proudly post of the title “city of music”.Brno Music Marathon is one of the major musical events in Brno and offers dozens of concerts and happenings, which fill the Moravian metropolis and allow visitors to enjoy music in many forms. Multi-genre performances and non-traditional concert venues are definitely ideal for summertime Brno. This year’s event exceeded the expectations of the organisers, who had hoped for 20 visitors. A large part of the musical menu was without the barrier of a fee, so all that was needed was to choose and go. Some listeners were attracted by the special atmosphere of the city’s streets, others by the names of stars giving concerts and so all that is left is to hope that the fourth Brno Music Marathon will be at least as successful.