22 May 2014 20:00
Robert Balzar Trio: Discover Who We Are
Following their successful autumn concert in London, the popular Czech jazz ensemble Robert Balzar Trio return to the UK to celebrate the launch of their new CD ‘Discover Who We Are‘, which was mixed at the prestigious Sear Sound by three-time Grammy Award winner James Farber.
Featuring bassist Robert Balzar,
the US-based pianist Jiří Levíček and drummer Jiří Slavíček, the trio will present an eclectic mix
of songs, including originals by Robert Balzar and Jiří Levíček as well as pieces
from their new CD ‘Discover Who We Are’.
Robert Balzar is a leading Czech bassist who has played with Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Tony Scott, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis and John Abercrombie amongst others. In the Czech Republic he has collaborated mainly with the legendary Czech chanson singer Hana Hegerová and with singer Dan Bárta. In 1996 he formed the Robert Balzar Trio which was awarded the Best Czech Group of the Year in 2000. His recordings Travelling and Alone both became the Best Czech CD of the Year while Overnight was nominated for the Czech Grammy Awards.
'(Robert Balzar) sounds great, his solos are thought through, he’s got unerring rhythm, he creates just the right sound for the band.'
The trio will also perform at the Jazz Club Edinburgh on 21 May.
THE JAZZ BAR, 1A CHAMBERS STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 1HR
The concert in Edinburgh is supported by Bridge Project and Creative Scotland
Tickets: £7/£5 more at: http://www.thejazzbar.co.uk/programme/regular-weekly-events/current-programme/
22 MAY, 8 PM - 11 PM
SPICE OF LIFE, 6 MOOR STREET, LONDON W1D 5NA
(doors open at 6 PM, music starts at 8 PM)
Tickets: £10/£8 available at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/269046
This event is organised as part of the YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC 2014 programme
2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries – from Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Josef Suk to Rafael Kubelík and Milada Šubrtová to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.
Years ending with the number 4 have been traditionally recognised as years of music since 1924.
The Year of Czech Music 2014 programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry for Regional Development with the objective to support projects promoting Czech music in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, London W1D 5NA
22 May 2014 20:00