The observatory at Kraví hora will welcome the Brno music group Nevermore & Kosmonaut. As part of the concert, there will be songs from their latest album Bleděmodré město [Pale Blue City], which won this year's nomination for the Anděl Awards. The evening will be accompanied by video projection on the entire planetarium dome and an exhibition of photographs by David Konečný.
The Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTRA band released their first album twenty years ago, and now produced its remake. At that time, the band debuted with a song named Horní chlapci [Boys from the Upper End], which referred to the Moravian Wallachian poet Ladislav Nezdařil. The re-recorded album will be launched in the Stará Pekárna music club in Brno.
The Tourist Information Centre recently published the second part of its Authentic Guide THIS IS BRNO II. The city of Brno is presented in it by prominent local personalities from the ranks of artists, publicists, photographers and Brno patriots, plus one Prague writer. One separate chapter in the guide is dedicated to musical Brno; it was written by a performer who calls himself burning.
The Fast Food Orchestra is a perennial star of the Czech Republic’s ska-punk and reggae scene. This year, it will celebrate its 20 years of existence with a series of spring concerts, and will also perform at the Fléda music club. Featured guests appearing in the concert will be Su-shu, Dr. Kary and a number of additional musicians who have gone through this band in the past.
The Summer School of Baroque Music in Holešov focuses on performing vocal-instrumental works of older style periods in the style of informed interpretation of early music. Teaching takes place in the form of workshops and lectures led by domestic and foreign artists and teachers. This year's season offers tuition in all artistic categories that are involved in the performance of the compositions (choir, soloists, ensembles, positive organ, harpsichord, figured bass, violin, viola, cello, bassoon, flute and newly also baroque trombone – sackbut, percussion and viola da gamba). Among the lecturers of this year's run are Anastasia Baraviera, Tereza Válková, Jean-François Lombard, Robin Tyson and Roman Válek.
The Easter Festival of Sacred Music 2019 will again resound in Brno‘s churches. There will be, for example, the world première of a composition by Toivo Tulev, Gregorian chant, Byzantine passion, a symphony for solo violin, organ concerts, dark hours, festive Renaissance Rome or Bach's Easter Oratorio. The theme of this year's season Ceremony / It's Good to Praise the Lord; the programme consists of six concerts and three dark hours.
The composer of classical music František Chaloupka writes conceptual rock albums under the artistic nickname Iszek Baraque. Last year he issued a solo album under the same name. In January of this year, he issued a portrait in film to accompany this almost hour-long song album. This self-portrait was taken care of by the multimedia artist Panáčik, who also works together with Chaloupka on his compositions and operas.
This year’s eighteenth JazzFest Brno will exceptionally not close with a concert, but rather a unique (though not unusual for world festivals) series of musical and dance workshops, centred on children. On Saturday 4 May, in the pleasant environment of Café Práh, near Vaňkovka, the children students will be taken on board by the significant young personalities of the jazz scene: Beata Hlavenková (pianist and composition lecturer), Dano Šoltis (leader of the drum class) and the multi-instrumentalists Jiří Slavík and Marian Friedl (conductors of Wandering on Jazz Paths), who will be accompanied by Kateřina Hanzlíková with the Tancohraní lectures. With the exception of composition, where it is necessary for the participants to be older than twelve, all the other “classes” are open to everyone, including the youngest. We asked the co-author of the idea of the children’s workshop and director of JazzFest Brno, Vilém Spilka, for further information.
The musical Nine, based on the legendary film 8½ by director Frederico Fellini, was prepared under director Stanislav Moša as the penultimate premiere of the season at the Brno City Theatre. They prepared an at places almost erotic show, led by interesting scenography, well-made costumes, brilliant musical preparation and the energy of the female acting. The sensuality of some of the dance parts thankfully did not overshadow the central theme of the hero’s crises: mid-life, art and relationship.
This year's JazzFestBrno festival had several highlights – of course, it depended on each visitor's personal taste, their expectations, and of course on how many shows they managed to visit. For the author of this article, one of the highlights the evening with bassist Stanley Clark on 23 April, varied in genre and arrangement, as well as the last but one concert of the festival, the performance of "the other" Avishai Cohen in the Husa na provázku Theatre on 28 April. It was a musically pure essence of jazz with a message – imperative, heartbreaking and poetic.
One of the musical highlights of last week was the concert of the Malina Brothers with two unique guest musicians, Kateřina García and Charlie McCoy in the Sono Centre in Brno. And because the performance was recorded on a professional video for the band’s first live DVD, the evening itself was extraordinary both in its length and quality.