Russian state television has refused to sell the rights to Czech and Slovak television to screen a controversial documentary about the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the Czech News Agency has reported. Czech Television launched talks about buying rights to screen the documentary last month with a view to screening it on August 21, the anniversary of the invasion which ended reforms of the Prague Spring. The documentary sparked protests in the Czech Republic and Slovakia for taking the long time Soviet line that the invasion was ‘brotherly help’ aimed at preventing a NATO planned coup in former Czechoslovakia.
This edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the songs of the legendary protest singer Karel Kryl, interpreted by some of the best known Czech musicians, such as Markéta Irglová, Aneta Langerová or Tomáš Klus. The album Karel Kryl 70 is a live recording of a concert which took place in Prague’s Lucerna Music Hall this April to mark two important anniversaries related to the legendary protest singer - 70 years since his birth and 20 years since his death.
Markéta Irglová is a Moravian-born, internationally known singer, songwriter and pianist who records exclusively in English. The modest musician was not yet 20 when she became the only Czech woman ever to win an Oscar, for Falling Slowly with Glen Hansard. After the pair went their separate ways romantically and professionally, Irglová – now based in Iceland – struck out on her own in 2011 with the poetic, piano-driven LP Anar.
Irish singer Glen Hansard performed on the terrace at Prague Castle’s Riding School on Tuesday night. Hansard, who was promoting his first solo album Rhythm and Repose, was backed by members of The Frames, the band that he has led for over two decades. The musician, who is 43, won an Oscar with the Czech singer Markéta Irglová for the song Falling Slowly and has been a regular visitor to the Czech Republic for many years. Tuesday’s show, which is part of a new initiative to bring live music to Prague Castle, was sold out.
Irish singer Glen Hansard is due to perform on the terrace at Prague Castle’s Riding School on Tuesday night. Hansard, who is promoting his first solo album Rhythm and Repose, will be backed by members of The Frames, the band that he has led for over two decades. The musician, who is 43, won an Oscar with the Czech singer Markéta Irglová for the song Falling Slowly and has been a regular visitor to the Czech Republic for many years. Tuesday’s show, which is part of a new initiative to bring live music to Prague Castle, is sold out.
In this edition of the programme, documentary maker Keith Jones takes us on a tour of Letná, the neighbourhood of the Czech capital that he calls home. The Irish-American, whose most recent work was the well-received Punk in Africa, studied at Prague’s FAMU film school and has been living in the city for almost all of the last 22 years.
The band Docuku, based in the north-eastern town of Valašské Meziřící, rediscovers folk music of Moravia, Slovakia, Hungary as as well as Roma songs, and sometimes come up with their own creations, too. Docuku – meaning together in the local dialect – have put out three albums so far, including Kdybych já věděl which was released earlier this year and features singer Markéta Irglová.
The Broadway production of Once, a musical based on the successful 2006 film of the same name starring Irish and Czech musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, walked away the big winner at this year’s Tony Awards. The production clinched a total of eight awards including Best Direction of a Play and Best Musical.
The Czech-Irish singer pair Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard have received a total of eight Tony awards for a musical adaptation of their Oscar-winning movie Once. The duo was nominated in a total of eleven categories of the prestigious theater award. Among the categories they won was “best musical”. In addition, the musical adaptation of Once also won prizes in the set design, sound design and lighting categories.
In this special programme, we meet the Academy Award-winning musician Markéta Irglová and, for an unusual perspective on her success, her father, Marek Irgl. As well as the impact of her Oscar win in 2008, the subjects discussed include Markéta’s beginnings in music, how bandmate and ex Glen Hansard has influenced her career, the writing of “Falling Slowly”, her new solo project, and distance and family ties.