Cotatcha Orchestra will celebrate 100 years of jazz giants

20 February 2020, 1:00
Cotatcha Orchestra will celebrate 100 years of jazz giants

Cotatcha Orchestra is preparing a concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz legends that have influenced the history of this genre. Among those to whom tribute is paid there are the bebop icon Charlie Parker, trumpeter Clark Terry, double Grammy winner Peggy Lee, pioneer of odd rhythms in jazz music Dave Brubeck and Modern Jazz Quartet bandleader John Lewis. Catalan vocalist Mar Vilaseca will appear as a guest.

Cotatcha Orchestra is a professional big band that functions under the direction of Jiří Kotača. The band is composed of foremost players of the youngest generation, but also established musicians of the Czech scene as well as several Slovak and Austrian jazz performers. Musical critic Milan Tesař wrote about us: “This formation, which was created by students and teachers of the Jazz Department at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU), is pushing itself forward on our scene in a fierce yet healthy manner, and given the quality of the musicians it has in its ranks, I believe that its place on the scene will be unmistakably visible in a few years going forward.” During the announced concert of the Cotatcha Orchestra, instrumentations by Martin Konvička and Augustin Bernard will be played. For the second time already, the orchestra will be accompanied by the talented Catalan vocalist Mar Vilaseca, who stands out in her field especially thanks to her excellent mastery of the discipline called scat singing. She is currently studying jazz singing at Esmuc University in Barcelona. However, she has already performed in many concerts all around the world. Jan Dalecký will traditionally take up the accompanying word as the host of the evening. The concert is announced to take place on 19 April  2020 at 7:30 pm at the Goose on a String Theatre (Divadlo Husa na provázku).

Cotatcha Orchestra / photo from archive of the orchestra

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