In our increasingly globalised world, cross-cultural musical collaborations are becoming ever more common, and you couldn’t find a better example of this trend than the work of Pedro Rodriguez. A DJ, producer and rapper whose passport reads Petr Kulíšek, he has forged a unique partnership between Cuban and Czech musicians with a project named La Conexion.
A 12-year-old opera singer, Patricia Janečková, beat a dancing dog in Sunday’s final of the Czech-Slovak version of Got Talent. Some 1.2 million viewers took part in the final vote, with 53 percent of them favouring the singing sensation over Keysi the performing dog. The winner, who sang a composition by Ennio Morricone from the film Once Upon a Time in the West, received 150,000 euro in prize money.
Karel Gott won the annual Czech Nightingale pop music contest, receiving the prize for the most popular Czech pop singer at the award ceremony on Saturday night. Gott, aged 71, won his 36th Nightingale award. In 1963, he gained the prize for the first time. Since then, 44 Nightingale contests have been organised. Lucie Bilá and Kabát also defended their titles for the most popular female singer and the best band categories. Votes from the public decide who gets the Czech Nightingale prizes. Altogether, just under 148,000 votes were cast.
US jazz singer Dianne Reeves got a standing ovation at a packed Congress centre in Prague on Sunday night. In a two hour concert with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic the jazz great performed some of her greatest hits, including Lullaby of Birdland, as a tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Embraceable You and Send in the Clowns. The concert was the final event of the jazz and classical music festival Struny podzimu, or Strings of Autumn.
The British pop group Simply Red were due to perform at Prague’s Tesla Arena on Sunday night. It has been billed as the last time the band will play in the Czech capital; the concert comes a year and a half after another show advertised as Simply Red’s final appearance in Prague, the Czech News Agency reported. The group, led by singer Mick Hucknall, first performed in the city in 2005, two decades after the release of their debut album.
Today in Mailbox: We quote from your correct answers to our October quiz question and announce the name of the lucky winner. Listeners quoted:Asifa Shaneen, Hans Verner Lollike, Roger Tidy, Ganesh Chandra Kundu, Jayanta Chakrabarty, S. J. Agboola, Mogire Machuki, Paul Peacock, Evelyn Coviello, David Eldridge, Alan Roe, Stephen Wara, Charles Konecny, Meng Cheng, Colin Law.
Toxique, one of the most vibrant and closely-watched Czech pop bands, recently released Outlet People, their much-awaited second album. With the CD, the band takes on a new look and goes further creatively – with electronic sound, a children’s choir and a slew of new ideas – than ever before. Klára Vytisková is the band’s charismatic lead singer; she dropped by Czech Radio recently to discuss how the new album (which has been getting rave reviews) came together.
The name of Sylvie Bodorová has been closely connected with modern classical music in the Czech Republic for about the last 30 years, in which time her compositions have been performed on every continent, including Antarctica. She is one of few female composers whose work is a staple of classical musical festivals the world over and is featured on more than two dozen albums. The first in that long list of compositions was a piano piece written when she was seven years old - she performed it in her public debut a year later. When we met in the studio
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will soon be under new management: specifically that of David Mareček, who the Ministry of Culture appointed to lead the orchestra on Monday. It is hoped that the youthful director of the Brno Philharmonic will bring new vigour to the post and especially an end to years of disputes between the orchestra and its management. Christian Falvey has the story.
The story of Vítězslava Kaprálová’s is one of a 25-year-old girl who had a career in music of five years. However, even today, 70 years after her death, there are societies and ensembles dedicated to her, her music is still performed and rerecorded and she remains an inspiration to many as a tragic but heroic figure, particularly for many female composers and conductors. Among them is the composer Sylvie Bodorová who studied at the same conservatory as Kaprálová, in Brno.
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