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A big circus tent is now standing in the Lužánky park; until June this year it will play host to New Circus shows, theatre performances and concerts.  more

The JazzFestBrno international music festival has revealed its programme for the 17th year, which will last from 1 February to 10 May 2018. Along with the earlier announced concerts by Wynton Marsalis, Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau and Donny McCaslin there will also be other famous names in jazz like the big band of Christian McBride, the guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the drummer Omar Hakim, the pianist Kenny Barron and Vincent Peirani.  more

Today the design team made up of Tomasz Konior (POL), Yasuhisa Toyota (US) and Petr Hrůša (Czech Republic) and the representatives of the city of Brno signed a contract for the design documentation for a building permit and the design documentation for the second stage of the Janáček Cultural Centre. This will be the new concert hall that for decades Brno has been waiting for.  more

The Jazz Spring 2018 Festival promises 25 jazz concerts in the Stará Pekárna club. There will be performances from David Dorůžka & the Luboš Soukup Quartet, the Vince Agwada Blues Band, the Nigel Price Trio, The Flash! and many more.  more

The Brno B-SIDE BAND of bandleader Josef Buchta has a new video for the composition Meeting Point, which is part of the album with the same name.  more

Magdalena Kožená, patroness of the Concentus Moraviae festival, today will take the stage of Brno’s Boby Centre with Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers. This benefit concert for the festival will jointly promote the songs of Cole Porter and at the same time invite us to the next year. The event will also include the christening of the Cole Porter CD with songs which will be performed by Kožená and Havelka’s Melody Makers in a premiere as part of this year’s Concentus Moraviae festival.  more

Nagata Acoustics America, Konior Studio and Architekti Hrůša & spol., Atelier Brno. This team looks like it will be the supplier of project documentation for a building permit and project documentation for the above-ground parts of the Janáček Cultural Centre. This is a new concert hall that will be a base for the Brno Philharmonic. The expert commission today recommended the contracting authorities that they choose this team.  more

The Mezzosoprano Magdalena Kožená sings together with Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers on a new CD with musical tunes by Cole Porter. The album is being issued today by their new label Brnofon.  more

The ceremonial re-opening of the Leitnerova Club will take place tomorrow. The event will include stand-up comedy, concerts and silent disco. Among those performing will be Lucie Ingrová, Jiří Balák, Lukáš Rieger, Acute Dose, DJ Romeo and DJ PDCH.  more

The Soul-funk group Top Dream Company has released their fourth album, and will christen it in Brno.  more

Feature articles

An interview between Kateřina Bajo, the main coordinator for the membership of Prague as a city of literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and David Dittrich, main coordinator for the membership of Brno as a city of music in the same network. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was set up in 2004 and its main aim is to support cooperation and international cooperation and creativity. Now it brings together 180 member cities from 72 countries from around the world. The cities fall into 7 creative areas – literature, music, design, film, gastronomy, traditional crafts and media. A city applying for membership in the network has to fulfil very strict criteria, and it must be supported not only by the commission of experts but also by all the member cities. more

Brno is now one of the 180 cities from around the world that belongs to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Only some three dozen of these are focused on music. After Prague it is the second city in the Czech Republic to be accepted into this network. The awarded title recognises the work of artists, people working in culture, the diversity of genres and cooperation with the surrounding region.  more

As part of the Moravia Music Fest on 16 November the group Organic Quartet with Ondřej Pivec will be performing in Brno’s Metro Music Bar. This organist of Czech origin, who has lived in New York since 2009, has in recent years worked with the major signer Gregory Porter, and for his work on his album Take Me To The Alley even won a Grammy. In Brno he is presenting his new album Terms And Conditions Apply, which he recorded with his former Czech fellow players – the guitarist Libor Šmoldas, the drummer Tomáš Hobzek and the saxophonist Jakub Doležal.  more

From 16 September to 19 December the twelfth year of Jazz Brno will be taking place in the Stará Pekárna club in Brno. It will offer not only modern jazz but also fusion, funk and a solid chunk of blues. The festival opens on Saturday 16 September with a concert by the American blues musician Linwood Taylor, who will be performing in Brno as part of a larger Czech tour. We asked him a number of questions on the telephone.  more

Last year the jazz double bass player Vincenc Kummer celebrated his 75th birthday. On that occasion he wrote a book in which he described his artistic and personal life.  more

The unique event ZUŠ Open will present on Tuesday May 30 up to a thousand musical, dance, theatre and artistic performances in 280 Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian towns and cities. Brno also will have an exceptionally rich programme tomorrow, culminating in a joint vocal performance of children with Magdalena Kožená on Moravian Square and a celebratory concert of the Mozart’s Children Festival in Besední dům together with the Brno Philharmonic. The Brno event is part of Brno’s candidacy for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of music.  more

Leaving aside the upcoming September bonus of the concert by Diana Krall, none other than Chick Corea with his stellar trio concluded Jazzfest this year. Together with Brian Blade and Eddie Gomez they brought this year’s event to a luxurious close.  more

The Jazzfest festival is coming to an end and after refreshment from the Czech and European scene came the genuine, almost classic American blues. The seventy-two-year-old giant Steve Gadd came to Brno with the guitarist Michael Landau, bass guitarist Jimmy Johnson, trumpeter Walt Fowler and on the piano and Fender Rhodes was Kevin Hayes.  more

We spoke with the trumpeter, arranger and bandmaster of the Brno big band B-Side Band on the occasion of the 10th birthday of this remarkable orchestra. Among other things the B-Side Band celebrated this anniversary with three concerts in Brno’s Sono Centre.  more

The parade of European and world saxophonists at this year's Jazzfest Brno festival stylishly concluded with virtuoso technique and inventiveness linking the various branches of jazz - the respected Austrian sideman and soloist Harald Harry Sokal with his Groove trio and the New York legend Chris Potter, who led his Quartet on the stage of the Sono Centre with his latest project - the album The Dreamer Is The Dream.  more


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Upcoming events

Jazz Spring 2018 / The Flash! (PL)

20/02/18, 20:00 / Old Bakery Music Cafe (Stará Pekárna)

Tango Quartetto Re Campo

21/02/18, 19:00 / Ponava Cafe

Jazz Spring 2018 / Benson Mc Glashan Trio (CAN/UA/CZ)

22/02/18, 20:00 / Old Bakery Music Cafe (Stará Pekárna)

Edith, the Little Sparrow..

23/02/18, 19:00 / Mahen Theatre

Graduation concert / Jakub Kačic – jazz interpretation (drums)

26/02/18, 19:30 / Komorní sál HF JAMU v Brně (Chamber Music Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU Brno)

Lab Jam Session w/ Metheny & Haden project

26/02/18, 20:00 / Music Lab

Pavel Zlámal & PQ

26/02/18, 20:30 / Metro Music Bar

Uri Caine & Dave Douglas

27/02/18, 19:30 / Besední dům Concert Hall


Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta
with Jakub Hrůša
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