Members of the legendary Czech rock band Olympic have announced the band will continue to play despite the death of their drummer. In a statement released on Facebook on Wednesday, Olympic said they would continue with three members while the drummer will be filled by various musicians. Olympic formed in the late 1960s, and has since released nearly 20 albums. Drummer Milan Peroutka, who joined the band in 1986, died on Sunday at the age of 49.
Milan Peroutka, drummer of the cult pop-rock band Olympic, died on Friday night at the age of 49. Peroutka had played with Olympic, headed by the frontman Petr Janda, since 1986, and recorded a number of albums with the band since the 1980’s. To celebrate 50 years since the band’s founding, Olympic began the Blue Pyramid tour last year. Given Mr Peroutka’s passing, the band cancelled two upcoming concerts next week in Prague.
My guest in today’s Arts is violinist Josef Špaček, who has emerged as one of the Czech Republic’s most talented virtuosos. Špaček – a graduate from the Juilliard School – is a concertmaster with the Czech Philharmonic and in less than a fortnight he will be performing at the Prague Spring International Music Festival. He has also just released his debut CD with recordings of Prokofiev, Janáček and Smetana.
The Prague-based rock band Schodiště, formerly known as Nahoru po schodišti dolů band, this year marks 30 years on stage. Founded at the height of the new wave, the band with its original sound and melancholic lyrics, somewhat undermined by their irony and sarcasm, has evolved into a steady fixture of the Czech rock scene.
A one-of-a-kind instrument called raketon made its first public appearance three years ago in a museum exhibit, but this week it had its debut in a contemporary classical music concert, together with Prague’s Berg Orchestra. I had a chance to speak to Raketon’s inventor Michal Cimala and to composer Jakub Rataj who mastered this simple and elegant instrument and wrote the first orchestral piece that includes it. Both of them perform on the raketon as well by plucking, striking and touching its two strings with bows, mallets and even milk
Fans of classic and hard rock will have the opportunity to see several big names in the capital as well as south Moravia through the course of the spring and summer this year. Promoters revealed to the Czech news agency that acts coming to the Czech Republic included rock legends such as Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. Cooper, famous for stage makeup and horror elements in his shows, will perform at Brno’s Kajot Arena for the first time in five years.
Dan Bárta has performed with a host of Czech bands over the years, including the rock groups Alice and J.A.R., and Sexy Dancers, who were more in the funk field, while he has also appeared in musicals. But this programme mainly concentrates on the singer’s jazzy “solo” work over the last 13 years with Illustratosphere and the Robert Balzar Trio.
Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the work of great Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka – in his day admired by contemporaries like Johann Sebastian Bach. His work was completely forgotten after his death, only rediscovered 150 years later by the Romantic-period composer Bedřich Smetana. Slowly, knowledge of Zelenka’s work emerged. Even now there is plenty to be discovered: Prague’s Ensemble Inégal recently performed Zelenka’s forgotten Easter Mass for the very first time.
This week’s Sunday Music Show is devoted to one of the country’s most prominent jazz artists –flutist Jiří Stivín. The 68-year-old musician, who is reputed to be able to play on a blade of grass, says the feel for jazz is something you are born with and some of the best renditions come from children who are as yet unspoiled by the constraints of a music education.
Olga Lomová: Western misconceptions could let China export much of its system and ultimately contribute to our enslavement
Hitler no ‘gentleman’, but court rules Czech state need not apologize for president’s claim Ferdinand Peroutka said so
Bertha von Suttner – Prague-born peace campaigner whose ideas on cooperation and disarmament continue to have lasting effect
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average
Czech agencies smash spy ring operated by “very aggressive” Russians
Prague City Hall terminates memorandum with e-scooter operator Lime
Rare Terezín concentration camp artefacts found in attic of private home