JazzFestBrno 2022 to welcome multi-instrumentalist and singer Jacob Collier

20 April 2021, 1:00
JazzFestBrno 2022 to welcome multi-instrumentalist and singer Jacob Collier

JazzFestBrno, an international jazz festival, has announced the name of its first guest for next year. British artist Jacob Collier, a social-media sensation who has risen to prominence videos made in his from his bedroom, is to come to Brno. The festival shall be the only event at which the 26-year-old multi-instrumentalist and singer is to perform in the Czech Republic.

He’s the recipient of five Grammy awards. Young and talented, Jacob Collier is the first artist confirmed for JazzFestBrno in 2022. “Thanks to his incredible talent, Jacob Collier enjoys the respect of jazz’s greatest personalities, such as Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock. His playful style and manner of blending genres has allowed him to reach a much wider audience than jazz enthusiasts,” says JazzFestBrno’s artistic director Vilém Spilka. Collier’s first concert in Brno is to take place on 4 February 2022 at Sono Centre and marks the only stop in the Czech Republic as part of his Djesse world tour of almost a hundred concerts around the world.

About a decade ago, Collier made his mark through social media and home-made YouTube videos, then still a teenager. The awareness of the public was raised even more with In My Room, a debut album made in 2016 recorded in his bedroom. Enthusiastic feedback followed, from the general public and professionals, and it garnered two Grammy awards. This opened doors to other famous names from the music industry, allowing him to work with pop and hip-hop artists, such as Coldplay, Tori Kelly and SZA and may others. He has been working on albums entitled Djesse since 2018. The series encompasses four albums and some fifty songs, developed in collaboration with more than thirty musicians. Tracks from Djesse Vol. 1 & 2 earned him two Grammys for arranging, the same category that garnered another this year for Djesse Vol. 3, which was even nominated for the record of the year in the main prize.

This is the first concert announced by JazzFestBrno for 2022. This year, organizers envisage holding several shows, postponed until the autumn, when Brno is expected to host performers such as Vicente Amigo, Erik Truffaz and Lizz Wright. The latest updates on the dates of shows are available on the festival’s website. “If the situation allows, we’d like to organise several events in the summer (mostly outdoors) and to add a couple of new concerts in the autumn. Meanwhile, we intended to make up for the lack of music to the general public, at least to some extent, through a recently announced series called JazzFestBrno on Screen, comprising shows broadcast on the Czech Television's Art channel, as well as a performance of Jiří Levíček Trio at the Besední dům (Community Hall)  venue; the latter shall be streamed live on 30 April on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, to celebrate the International Jazz Day,” adds Spilka.

 

Photograph: JFB’s archives

Comments

Reply

No comment added yet..

After the first successful concert of the Concentus Moraviae festival’s resident ensemble at the castle in Slavkov, the ensemble led by violinist Pavel Fischer expanded to include pianist Katya Apekisheva and on Sunday, 12 June, in the Great Hall of Mikulov Castle, presented an unknown face of the musical language of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók with his Piano Quintet in C Major. Along with Fischer and Apekisheva, the concert also featured violinist Markéta Janoušková, violist Diede Verpoest, and cellist Erich Oskar Hüttermore

Last year’s 100th anniversary of Gustav Brom’s birth still resonates on the domestic jazz scene. At the very end of 2021, a 4-CD set entitled “Gustav Brom – 100 Years” was released, offering a cross-section of the orchestra’s repertoire, from songwriting to jazz to intersections with contemporary classical music. Alongside this, an album charting the Brom Orchestra’s long-standing collaboration with Karel Velebný has also appeared on the same label (Indies Happy Trails). Radio editor, jazz musician, and teacher Jan Dalecký was one of the producers of both albums.  more

In its twenty-seven years of existence, the Concentus Moraviae International Music Festival has been held in a number of unusual and unique places. Sunday's program Homo Sapiens – The Story of Rhythm in Velké Meziříčí has the potential to be one of the most memorable concerts of the festival. On June 5, OK Percussion Duo musicians Martin Opršál and Martin Kleibl, together with guests and students Tomáš Javora and Kryštof Vašíček performed in the normally inaccessible premises of the New Synagogue, which has served as a center of affordable shopping for years. The concert was held in cooperation with the European Festival of Philosophy, the Jewish Community of Brno, and the town of Velké Meziříčí. At the same time, it was part of the project From the Shopping Center to the Cultural Communitymore

This year’s 27th edition of the international music festival Concentus Moraviae is still at the beginning of its almost month-long program, yet in terms of dramaturgy it is not holding back at all. After the opening featuring Argentinian and Uruguayan tango in Boskovice and Balkan music in Ivančice, the festival brought the Arcadia String Quartet to the atrium of the town hall in Kyjov on Thursday 2 June, where they performed the String Octet in C Major by Romanian composer George Enescu together with their friends from the Transylvanian Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the members of the quartet (violinists Ana TörökRăsvan Dumitru, violist Traian Boală and cellist Zsolt Török), there were also violinists Vlad RăceuValentin Șerban, violist Mihai Oșvat and cellist Ștefan Cazacu. The concert was held under the auspices of the Ambassador of Romania to the Czech Republic, H.E. Antoaneta Barta.  more

We met violinist Pavel Fischer at the Budějovická metro station in Prague, and on the way to the Dobeška Theater we managed to discuss his holiday in Italy. At the time, we were already working out the subtitle of this year's Concentus Moraviae festival “From Roots to the Future”. Next to Dobeška, where the Sklep Theater plays, is what we call the “woodshed”, where the Škampa Quartet has been rehearsing for thirty-five years. Pavel Fischer was a founding member of the ensemble which he left at a time when it was enjoying one international success after another. As he says, he was attracted by greater musical freedom and a quieter life. At Dobeška, after our interview, he had a concert with cellist Olin Nejezchleba and guitarist Norbi Kovács. We started with him, although our main topic was Fischer's residency at this year's Concentus Moraviae.  more