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Program

2 Nov 2012 18:00

The Organist of St Vitus’ Cathedral + live music accompaniment by Najponk

Love, blackmail and betrayal are the subjects of this successful melodrama, adapted for the screen by poet Vítězslav Nezval and directed by Martin Frič later known for his satirical comedies with Voskovec and Werich. An old organist witnesses the suicide of a man who gives him money for his daughter who is living in a convent. He looks after her like his own family and when she runs away with a painter, he becomes paralysed with grief and only her return can nurse him back. A leading Czech jazz pianist and winner of the Best Album Award from the Czech Music Academy, Najponk, will perform a live piano score to accompany the film considered the apex of Czech silent-era cinema. (Martin Frič, Czechoslovakia 1929, 78’, intertitles)

(Karel Hašler, Oskar Marion, Suzanne Marwille, L.H.Struna)

Leading Jazz pianist and winner of the Best Album Award from the Czech Music Academy, Najponk, will perform a live piano score to accompany the fim considered the apex of Czech silent era cinema.

 

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IF YOU BUY A TICKET TO THIS SCREENING YOU WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLE OF STAROPRAMEN BEER.

About Najponk
Rooted in classical jazz – swinging rhythm and blues, Najponk reinterprets jazz standards with virtuosity and enthusiasm and builds on the best of jazz traditions with his own compositions. His rich discography features solo projects, recordings with his own trio and international collaborations. Najponk Trio’s recording Ballads, Blues & More (1999) won the Czech Academy Award for the best jazz CD, while It’s About Time (2010) with Ondrej Pivec and Greg Hutchinson, was awarded Jazz album of the year. On  his latest CD The Real Deal (2012) he collaborated with Matt Fishwick (drums) and Jaromir Honzak (bass).

“Najponk plays exciting straight-forward jazz, his playing is inventive, original and its alchemy produces pure magic. An exciting improviser, he combines the vigour of Oscar Peterson with the eccentric brilliance of Thelonious Monk and the classical touch of Wynton Kelly and Red Garland.”
(The Prague Post)

“His playing has great inner strength and conviction. NajPonk comes through with flying colours, his performances consistently interesting and positive.”
(Jazz Journal International)

 

Part of Made in Prague: New Czech Cinema 2012 and New Czech Jazz 2012




 

 

In collaboration with

    

 

Venue:

Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Date

2 Nov 2012 18:00

Organizer:

Czech Center


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