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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

The Brno psych-pop group Ghost of You has brought out their new album Black Yoga, which they are christening in the Fléda club. Part of the concert will also be a light projection. The Serbian rock band Repetitor will be special guests.  more

On Thursday Brno’s Fléda club will play host to the group Mydy Rabycad, who will be arriving with their new album M.Y.D.Y., an innovative lighting design, sets and costumes.  more

The city of Brno has just joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network - UCCN in the field of music.  more

This year J.A.R. issued their new album Eskalace dobra as mastered by Roman Holý. As part of the tour with the same name they will also be performing in Brno.  more

The second year of the multi-genre festival Brno Music Marathon is approaching. The biggest summer festival in Brno will welcome dozens of international participants. Space will be given to various musical genres within the festival, from Balkan Brass bands via classical chamber and orchestral, jazz, folk, world music, rock, groups for children all the way to off-street busking. The musical programme will be supplemented by three performances of the new circus Collectif Malunés, street theatre, a magician and an acrobatic helium balloon.  more

The Brno groove-noise trio Metronome Blues has issued the new single Virtual Door as a taste of the forthcoming album Vicious Circles.  more

The musical actor and singer Dušan Vitázek is embarking on a solo career. He is looking for support on the Hithit portal for the recording of a CD and his first video.  more

The second season of the Meeting Brno 2017 festival is connected with the celebration of the Czech-German Spring. The festival will ceremonially open with the launching of the Meeting Brno Point installation on Moravské náměstí Square and a concert by the Brno Philharmonic.      more

The app is the work of Tomáš Jelínek and will be available for downloading free, and it will be presented for the first time at the Dark Blue Festival.  more

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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

Brno said goodbye on Sunday to Marta Kubišová.  This made it the first city in the Czech part of the Marta Naposledy (Marta One Last Time) tour. It will end in České Budějovice on her 75th birthday. The Sono Centre, full to bursting, could enjoy not only a cross-section of her musical career but also a tribute to American pop music, given in her latest album “Soul”. As it has been for the last nineteen years she was accompanied on her final tour by Petr Malásek (keyboard) and a band made up of Martin Lehký (double bass), Budy Zbořil (drums), Josef Štěpánek (guitar) and František Kop (saxophone).  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

This year the Beseda u Bigbítu (BuB) festival celebrates its quarter century and to mark this milestone it has added a little warm-up in the shape of an evening concert in Kabinet Múz called Beseda night. It gives a foretaste of this year’s Tasov and the evening will be introduced by the Šumperk-Brno group Acute Dose. Last year’s wind brought in the group Please The Trees and the composer and DJ Václav Čásenský aka Atrey.  more

The specialised radio magazine Svět rozhlasu published extensive material in issue 35 – responses of employees to a poll regarding the issue of regional broadcasting.  From it, we publish part of the critical text of Jiří Plocek which deals with the Brno station of Czech Radio. Based on the suggestions from the poll, the management of the Czech Radio decided to organise a conference on regional broadcasting and its perspective on 11 October. Both the professional and general public are invited.  more

Songwriter and guitarist František Chaloupka switches between rock, contemporary and classical music and other genres. Besides that, he founded the Guitar Institute in 2014. We talked about guitar instruction tailored to students. And about the directions in which the Institute could develop further.  more

Nearly 100 performances will take place in 25 blocks over the weekend during the first year of the multi-genre Brno Music Marathon festival. Concerts, happenings, performances and workshops led by prominent musicians transform the city into one big music scene. The festival is a pilot project of the Brno – Music Friendly City project.  more

One of the reasons for founding Dragoun's band Futurum in 1983 was allegedly a desire to do "short songs" at a time when Progres focused on broad zones. The fact that the nearly 10-minute song Zdroj then became one of the biggest hits of Futurum is a different story. The founder of Futurum, Roman Dragoun, has remained faithful to shorter songs even in his solo career – from the comeback album Stín mý krvez from 1995 to the present.  more

The current album of Tomáš Kočko brings an image of the pre-Christian Moravia, violence and fear of impending changes. The individual songs combine death and the Slavic god of the underworld Veles into a thematic whole.  more


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