Two Brno art students have done what many people dream about: turning their hobby in a business. In this case the two passionate musicians built their own musical kit in the form of boxes. They initially offered workshops explaining the DIY process and then started to sell the equipment. The result is a multi-million crowns business which exports to the four corners of the globe. But founders of Bastl Instruments Ondřej Merta and Václav Peloušek still like to see themselves and the business mainly as a community of musicians rather than as a conventional
The Prague-born rock musician and songwriter Ivan Král turned 70 on
Saturday. Král emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s
and became involved in New York’s punk scene in the following decade,
performing with an early incarnation of Blondie and becoming bassist with
the Patti Smith Group. He later played guitar with Iggy Pop.
In the 1990s Ivan Král released solo albums with some success in the Czech Republic and produced a number of Czech musicians. He continues to reside in the US.
The 73rd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival gets
underway on Saturday evening. The event’s traditional curtain raiser will
take place at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House with a rendition of
Smetana’s My Country, this time performed by the Czech Philharmonic under
the baton of Tomáš Netopil. There will also be a live relay of the
concert at Prague’s Kampa.
This year’s Prague Spring will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with a number of works by modern Czech composers.
Famous Czech singer Karel Gott will release a new studio album at the start
of June - his first new album since he overcame serious health problems in
Then, the singer was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but later made a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment.
The record, named Ta pravá, will be a mix of both domestic and international pop classics including material by famous country singer Garth Brooks, according to reports.
When he was diagnosed and undergoing treatment, Mr Gott had put his musical career on hold indefinitely. He said now he had not really expected to record again, making his return “all the happier”.
Final preparations are underway for the Prague Spring music festival, which begins on Saturday evening with the traditional rendition of Smetana’s My Country at the Municipal House. As always, it will showcase a plethora of major names in classical music. But this year there will also be a special focus on the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Pavel Trojan, the festival’s spokesperson, told me more.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef has advanced to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest with his offering Lie to Me. The 22-year-old singer, who performed despite sustaining an injury during rehearsals, is one of nine participants to make it out of the first semi-final and only the second Czech in history to reach the finals.
How did Karel Gott become the only artist from a communist state to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest? What was Czechoslovakia’s role in the Eastern Bloc’s parallel Intervision? And why were rockers Kabát such a bad fit for the Eurovision? Ahead of next weekend’s final of the pan-European extravaganza these were some of the subjects I discussed with Vienna-based historian Dean Vuletic, author of Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest.
Iva Bittová is a phenomenal Czech avant-garde violinist, singer and composer who has developed a music style of her own. She moved to upstate New York over ten years ago where she continues performing and teaching both children and adults. We talked after one of her workshops in Prague about her career, her future projects and her passion for helping underprivileged youth to realize their full musical potential.
American rock band Imagine Dragons will perform at Prague’s O2 Arena on
Monday as part of their Evolve world tour. The Grammy winners, who have
several platinum records, are coming back to Prague after two years; last
year they performed at the Colours of Ostrava festival in the east of the
The band’s single Believer was number 1 on the Alternative radio list for 12 weeks and built on the success of the earlier hit Thunder.