Jazz Courtyard: Ghana Dance Ensemble, Jiří Slavík, Jaromír Honzák and others

17 June 2019, 1:00
Jazz Courtyard: Ghana Dance Ensemble, Jiří Slavík, Jaromír Honzák and others

The fourth season of the Jazz Courtyard festival is once again returning to Brno. It will offer a series of concerts initiated jointly by the jazz departments of Prague's Academy of Perfoming Arts (HAMU) and Brno's Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU). Students' ensembles of both schools and their own long-term projects of selected students and teachers will be introduced. The event will be closed by the African Ghana Dance Ensemble.

The stage in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall in Brno will host talented students and their teachers who belong to the Czech jazz top – bassist and five-time winner of the Anděl Award Jaromír Honzák and pianist Jiří Levíček. Student projects will be represented by the quartet of the trombone player Jakub Žídek and the trio NameSurname. The end of the evening will be resonate in African rhythms, when students of both jazz departments will meet on stage with musicians from Ghana Dance Ensemble and multi-instrumentalist Jiří Slavík. "African culture has a variety of  forms and even in a single country like Ghana, there are dozens of ethnicities with a tradition of music and dance, which are inseparable from one another," says Slavík who visited that country himself. Under his leadership, Ghana Dance Ensemble musicians will get together with jazz students for the third time and rehearse a vibrant and contagiously positive joint programme as part of the workshop, which they will then present at the Jazz Courtyard. The event is organized by the departments of AMU and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in cooperation with the JazzFestBrno festival. 

The Jazz Courtyard will take place in Brno on 20 June from 16:00 to 22:00 in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall. Admission is free.

Jiří Slavík / photo by Martin Zeman

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