Festival starts with the Czech jazz discovery
Miroslav Hloucal Quartet’s winning performance at the Czech and German competition for young jazz bands up to the age of 30, Jazz Prix 2012, gave them the opportunity to make their appearance at this year’s Bohemia Jazz Fest, and the quartet accepted. They will perform at the festival’s opening in Wallenstein Garden. They will start the festival together with The Baker Suite, consisting of the charming accordionist Gayl Buckby and quitarist John Baker, whose performance can remind us of Leonard Cohen.
Multiculture jazz jam in Old Town Square
This year’s Bohemia Jazz Fest presents the excellent bassist Richard Bona, who will perform on Wednesday 11th July in the Old Town Square together with the legendary quitarist Mike Stern and the phenomenal drummer Dave Weckl. They will be preceded by the František Kop Quartet, well-established musicians on the Czech jazz scene.
Thursday’s programme will present young German jazz musicians Pantoum, lead by the singer Inez Schaefer, reminding us of the Iceland singer Björk. They will be followed by the Dutch saxophone quartet Artvark. The Prague part of Bohemia Jazz Fest 2012 will close with the project Llama, consisting of the Spahish singer Silvia Perez and the Israeli hang player David Goldschmidt. Hang is a modern melodic-percussive instrument, which sounds similar to the traditional Latin American steel drum.
After Prague, Bohemia Jazz Fest will move to Pilsen, Domažlice, Olomouc, Brno, Tábor, České Budějovice and Prachatice. For more information about the festival, visit www.bohemijazzfestival.cz.