Boris Carloff first came to broader attention earlier this year when his debut LP under that name, The Escapist, took the prestigious Apollo award – voted on by a panel of music critics – for best album of 2012. Previously active under the name Knot Photogenic, Carloff, whose sometimes bombastic music draws on a European synthpop tradition, is also renowned as a producer of big name Czech artists such as Kryštof and Sunshine.
The Czech Embassy in Washington is on Thursday launching its annual Mutual Inspirations Festival, which this year will remember the life and work of the late Czech playwright, dissident and president Václav Havel. The festival, which runs until the end of October, will include film screenings, concerts, lectures, exhibitions and theatre performances, all of which will have free admission. Previous editions have been dedicated to T.G. Masaryk, Anton Dvorák and Miloš Forman.
A record attendance of 16,000 spectators saw an open-air performance of Bedřich Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride in Prague on Sunday. The opera was staged in an amphitheatre located in a valley on the outskirts of the capital; the event’s tradition goes back to 1913, and was revived eight years ago.
The heavy metal band Lamb of God’s singer Randy Blythe has released a video he made during his trial in Prague. Entitled The Devil is in the Details, the 5-minute long black and white film reflects the singer’s difficult period in the Czech capital. In March, Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter charges raised against him after the death of a fan who suffered injuries at the band’s 2010 Prague concert. Randy Blythe spent five weeks in police detention in Prague.
The rock and blues singer and song writer Michal Prokop has been part of the Czech music scene for over 50 years. With their clever lyrics, his songs have always appealed to sophisticated audiences but he has also scored a series of major hits. While strictly apolitical during the communist era, Michal Prokop went into politics in the 1990s but quit, and recorded his latest album which came out in 2012.
Irish singer Glen Hansard performed on the terrace at Prague Castle’s Riding School on Tuesday night. Hansard, who was promoting his first solo album Rhythm and Repose, was backed by members of The Frames, the band that he has led for over two decades. The musician, who is 43, won an Oscar with the Czech singer Markéta Irglová for the song Falling Slowly and has been a regular visitor to the Czech Republic for many years. Tuesday’s show, which is part of a new initiative to bring live music to Prague Castle, was sold out.
Irish singer Glen Hansard is due to perform on the terrace at Prague Castle’s Riding School on Tuesday night. Hansard, who is promoting his first solo album Rhythm and Repose, will be backed by members of The Frames, the band that he has led for over two decades. The musician, who is 43, won an Oscar with the Czech singer Markéta Irglová for the song Falling Slowly and has been a regular visitor to the Czech Republic for many years. Tuesday’s show, which is part of a new initiative to bring live music to Prague Castle, is sold out.
Aleš Brichta is one of the big names on the Czech hard rock scene. He first climbed on stage in the early 80s and inspired by Western idols he brought heavy metal behind the Iron Curtain, captivating generations of young Czechs and antagonizing the communist authorities. Today, at 54 he is still going strong and is as much of a rebel as ever.
This week half a dozen pianos have appeared at squares, train stations and other locations in Prague. Some passers-by have been taking the opportunity to tinkle the ivories themselves, while their random, impromptu performances have been bringing smiles to the faces of many more. And the organisers of the latest attempt to liven up Prague’s public spaces are already planning to expand the project.
Famous Russian-America singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is performing at the Prague Castle on Tuesday night. The concert was sold out already at the end of June, after which the organizers released another 100 tickets, which sold within days. Spektor is on a tour promoting her latest album What We Saw From the Cheat Seats. The last time she played in the Czech Republic was at the Colours of Ostrava music festival in 2010.
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