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22 Nov 2014 20:00

DG 307

“It lay in the hollows… Not the cliffs. Not the town. There on the edge, where his eye could not make out the distance of the horizon lived his dream of darkness.” (Pavel Zajíček). DG 307, a legend of Czech underground culture co-founded by Mejla Hlavsa (Plastic People of the Universe) and dissident poet Pavel Zajíček in 1973 are coming to London for the first time ever as part of the Made in Prague Festival. With special guest appearance by Aidan Andrew Dun and Lucie Rejchrtová.

Founded in 1973 by poet Pavel Zajíček and Mejla Hlavsa of the Plastic People of the Universe, the band was perceived as an outlandish musical entity creating musical collages designed to accompany Zajíček´s haunting poetry. DG 307 live shows were celebrated for their unique, artistic happening quality. Yet they ceased to exist in 1980´s when Zajíček was forced to emigrate after a period of imprisonment. Zajíček spend his first years in immigration in London, where he soon entered the local music scene. Most notably, he cooperated with THIS HEAT and recorded a demo of T. S. Elliot´s The Waste Land in their notorious Cold Storage studio on a broken keyboard. After the 1989 Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic, Zajíček returned and surrected the band, which continues to perform and record their evocative music merging elements of alternative rock, jazz and classic. The raw appeal of DG 307 is and always has been inseparable from Zajíček ́s captivating, expressive lyrics, through which he constantly strives to “remain himself inside this mad frenzy”.

The London performance will feature the late 1970´s classics alongside more recent work and will also include excerpts from the aforementioned The Waste Land  piece originally composed and recorded in Camberwell.

Listen to DG307 on http://bandzone.cz/dg307

Box Office: 07791 873 183
Admission: £8 / £5

Part of Made in Prague Festival, 17 October - 30 November 2014

Supported by Stink Ltd.

Supported by Pilsner Urquell

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DG307, 1979

DG307, 1979

DG307 - Pavel Zajíček, 1979

Aidan Andrew Dun and Lucie Rejchrtová
Aidan Andrew Dun was propelled to fame when in 1995 his publisher hired the Royal Albert Hall to launch his epic poem, Vale Royal, a work which had taken twenty-three years to write. Four thousand people heard him recite at the biggest poetry event in Britain in the last thirty years. Since then Aidan AD has gone to produce four more epic poems including Unholyland (Hesperus, 2013) and two collections of shorter poems as well as a monograph on the essential French poet, Arthur Rimbaud. In performance Aidan AD sets his poems and lyrics over genres from dub to ambient electronica, playing guitar-synth and acoustic; while more classical impressionistic poem-settings are handled by Lucie Rejchrtova, Prague conservatoire-trained rock-keyboardist who currently plays with the sixties icon Arthur Brown.


Jazzlive at the Crypt, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8RB


22 Nov 2014 20:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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