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Folk singer Jana Vébrová: the girl from the windmill

05-08-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Jana Vébrová, photo: archive of Jana Vébrová This week Radio Prague’s Sunday music show profiles Jana Vérova - a young musician whose music is both raw and poetic and deeply rooted in her place of birth –the former Sudetenland. Although she has recorded just one album she regularly plays at festivals around the country and has a strong following of devoted fans.  More

Charlie Straight, the young Czech Britpop (or Indy pop) band

29-07-2012 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Charlie Straight My guests today are two members of the Czech band called Charlie Straight. They are a group from the town of Třinec, and were founded in 2006. But, they don’t play Czech folk music or Czech rock music – they play English Britpop and they even sing in English.  More

Czech pop group Charlie Straight heads to London on eve of Olympics

26-07-2012 16:02 | Dominik Jůn

Charlie Straight The Czech music group Charlie Straight is in London set to perform at the Czech House cultural centre on the eve of the start of the Olympic Games.  More

Pop goes the idol

22-07-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

In 2004, commercial broadcaster TV Nova launched the first edition of Cesko hleda superstar (the Czech version of American Idol), which launched the careers of several singers, most notably that of the competition’s winner Aneta Langerová, whose first album Spousta andelů (Many Angels) achieved broad success.  More

‘Peoples band’ Divokej Bill will celebrate 15 years of existence

15-07-2012 02:01 | Tom McEnchroe

Divokej Bill In this edition of Sunday Music Show, we talk to guitarist Roman Procházka, from the famous Czech band Divokej Bill, who says the band is working on a new album and will tour in the UK this year. In the show we also discuss what it’s like to tour in England and why it is important for a band to keep a close relationship with its fans.  More

Ostrava band Buty releases much awaited new album, Duperele

08-07-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

After a six-year break, the unconventional and eccentric pop band Buty has released a new album, Duperele, and it seems the wait was well worth it. The band’s eighth studio album found Buty in top form, combining their original, playful and stylistically eclectic music with innovative and witty lyrics. Have a listen in this edition Sunday Music show.  More

Pianist Rudolf Firkušný as remembered by his students

06-07-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Rudolf Firkušný This special programme is dedicated to one of the world’s foremost 20th century pianists Rudolf Firkušný. This year music lovers around the country are celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of its most famous sons –a virtuoso par excellence who was moreover one of the last direct personal links to some of the country’s greats – Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk, Alfons Mucha but also president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.  More

Composer/conductor Rudolf Mazač discusses ‘Jazz Bridge’ festival

29-06-2012 16:26 | Jan Velinger

Kentonmania Big Band with Rudolf Mazač Today’s guest in the Arts is Czech-German composer and conductor Rudolf Mazač, who heads a big band orchestra dedicated to the works of Stan Kenton and other jazz greats. In 2004, Rudi Mazač founded Jazzový most (or Jazz Bridge) a festival bringing together international musicians in selected towns and cities in the Czech Republic and Germany. The festival returns to Prague next month. In our interview Rudi talks about line up this year as well as the initial idea behind the long-running project.  More

Joan DeVee Dixon and her affinity with Czech music

24-06-2012 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Joan DeVee Dixon Sunday Music this week is dedicated to Joan DeVee Dixon, pianist, organist and composer from Maryland in the US who performs mainly Czech and American music. Joan frequently tours the Czech Republic and performs at the annual American Spring music festival organized by the International Dvorak Society. She has moreover composed a Czech heritage mass for the Czech expat community in Spillville, parts of which you can hear in today’s show.  More

Joan DeVee Dixon on her love of music, her special affinity for this country and her plans for the future

21-06-2012 | Daniela Lazarová

Joan DeVee Dixon Joan DeVee Dixon, pianist, organist, composer and Professor of Music at Frostburg State University in Maryland was one of the star performers at this year’ American Spring music festival organized by the International Dvorak Society. Joan, five-time recipient of the prestigious Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, is a prized musician who gives concert tours the world over, but despite a packed schedule, she has returned over and over to the Czech Republic. Earlier this week she came to the studio to talk about her music, her special affinity for this country and her plans for the future. Like many famous musicians her love of music manifested itself at an early age.  More

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