Inspired by US guitar bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth, Houpací koně formed in Ústí nad Labem in 1991, releasing their eponymous debut LP four years later. While the group – with leader Jiří Imlauf the only constant member – have been ploughing their own independent furrow for years, they won a new generation of fans with their most recent LP, the acclaimed Everest.
From the Hussite wars of the Middle Ages to the Velvet Revolution of 1989, many pivotal events in Czech history occurred against a musical backdrop, at least in the nation’s collective memory. An exhibition at the National Memorial on Prague’s Vítkov Hill explores the links between music and politics, and shows what roles music assumed in modern Czech history.
Masters of Rock, held near Zlín, is the biggest international rock festival the Czech Republic each year, with a spin-off winter event as well as sister festival in Plzeň. Masters of Rock in the past has featured legends from Def Leppard to Motorhead. This week, promoters announced that the headliners for 2015 will be the Finnish rock phenomenon Nightwish.
Friends, family members, and former colleagues from the world of culture paid their last respects to composer and musician Petr Skoumal at the Strašnice crematorium in Prague on Monday. Mr Skoumal died on September 28th at the age of 76. Attendees at the funeral ceremony included actor and screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák, film director Jan Hřebejk, theatre director and actor Jan Kačer and many others. The ceremony was closed to the public. Skoumal, who had studied conducting, was widely known his songs for both adults and children and also wrote music for films. Music journalist Jiří Černý described him as the most original Czech popular composer of the last 30 years.
The singer, songwriter and film score composer Petr Skoumal, who passed away last Sunday aged 76, wrote hundreds of songs for both adults and children. He will be remembered as an ingenious composer with a great sense of humour and irony as well as a melancholic streak that came out in many of his tunes.
Dozens of music and theatre ensembles are performing at this year’s Mezi Ploty, or Within Fences, cultural festival at Prague's Bohnice psychiatric hospital. The annual festival which opens the doors of the city s main psychiatric hospital to the public aims raise awareness and understanding of mental illnesses, alcoholism and drug addiction and break the taboo surrounding these health problems. The festival is attended by the hospital’s leading psychiatrists who are giving lectures and taking questions from the public.
The popular Czech musician Petr Skoumal has died at the age of 76. A long-term collaborator, singer Michal Prokop, informed the Czech News Agency of his passing on Sunday. The Prague-born Skoumal, who had studied conducting, was widely known his songs for both adults and children and also wrote music for films by among others Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak. Music journalist Jiří Černý described him as the most original Czech popular composer of the last 30 years.
In 1870, Antonín Dvořák, who was yet to become one of the world’s finest composers, wrote his first opera called Alfred. The piece was only performed once, in 1938, long after Dvořák’s death, and then fell into oblivion. Now, nearly seventy years after its first staging, Alfred lived to see its second premiere, this time with the original German libretto, as part of the Dvořák Prague festival.
Legendary American singer Tony Bennett performed in Prague on Saturday - just his second appearance in the capital. The last time was 17 years ago. Bennett, who turned 88 in August, has been touring across Europe; his next stop will be in Brussels. On Saturday, the 17 Grammy holder included signature tunes as well as classic jazz standards.
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