CZECH STREET FESTIVAL
12th Annual Street Festival
October 2, 2010 , 12pm-7pm, Free
Saturday, October 2, 12-7pm
83rd Street between Madison & Park Ave.
Come celebrate Czech Independence Day!
Enjoy live music, Czech food, children’s performances, souvenirs and much more!
Fun for adults and kids!!!
Live music from the Czech Republic:
Uz jsme doma
Harmcore Jazz Band
Children from Czech School in Astoria
...and much more...
FREE RAFFLE: WIN A TRIP TO PRAGUE!!! Sponsored by TATRA TRAVEL and DELTA AIRLINES
12:00 Children from Czech School in Astoria
12:40 HARMCORE JAZZBAND
3:00 ZUBY NEHTY
4:15 UZ JSME DOMA
5:30 NOVEMBER 2nd
2:00-2:20 VIT HOREJS - Marionettes
2:30-3:30 LENKA PICHLIKOVA
(Program is subject to change)
More info about participants:
Uz jsme doma, (pronounced oosh-smeh-dough-ma), is a progressive rock band from Czech Republic, who originally formed in northwest border town Teplice in 1985. The band´s name translates literally to, "we´re home now" but, as an idiom, means something more like, "well, there we go" in Czech conversation.
The band has, to date, released six proper studio albums, two live albums, a best-of package and a DVD containing live footage and a documentary about the history of the band, which discusses its artistic significance and chronicals its dozens of lineup changes in its 22+ year career. In addition to traditional band functions such as recording albums and touring, UJD have taken on a wide array of ambitious projects, including work with theater, fiilm and art. They collaborated very closely to the world famous band The Residents on their Freak show and felt in friendship with them and many other great musicians all over the world (Tom Cora, Amy Denio, Jello Biafra, David Thomas etc).
Band tours frequently whole the world, from first foreign show in Germany till now they visited almost 30 different countries, major part of them took USA (more than 600 shows in almost all states)
The band´s approach to arrangements is unique in the world of rock. They bring the instruments and vocals in different directions within the same scales and keys to create a dense melodic atmosphere. In addition, their rhythms often accent off-beats and half-beats, throwing the listener in unexpected directions. The music seems to be an exhausting juxtaposition between beauty and ugliness, as songs will frequently shift between modes to create tumultuous, powerful hooks (a good example of this is the song "Hollywood.") The band is also fond of shifts between time signatures and the insertion of extra beats in the shaping of the mood of the song.
Wanek´s lyrics have earned him a reputation as a respected Czech poet. His lyrics have been described his writing as "an axe for the frozen sea inside us," a line taken from fellow countryman and influence Franz Kafka. All lyrics are translated to English and to Polish language, too.
Artist Martin Velisek, the non-playing UJD member, has been published in several volumes and enjoyed popularity outside of his work with UJD as well. His unique, absurd cartoon style, replete with alarming flourishes of realism, gruesomeness and beauty, gives UJD records their distinct look.
Zuby nehty (pronounced zoo-bi nech-ti, 'ch' as in 'loch') is an all-female underground rock group from the Czech Republic. They formed under the name Plyn in 1979, playing concerts at the 007 Club, Euridika, and at alternative festivals. After being blacklisted in 1983, they changed their name to Dybbuk and released their first EP on Panton Records in 1986.
In 1987 they changed again to Zuby nehty (Tooth and Nail). Pavla Jonssonová and Marka Míková started the band with poet Nada Bilincová. Tomas Mika and Michal Pokorny joined on saxophones and Jan Lorenc on drums. This formation performed at Slunecnice and Lucerna. Mira Wanek of Už jsme doma proposed in 1991 to produce Dybbuk songs for Punc, and the original set-up (Marka Mikova, Katerina Jircikova, Pavla Slaba (Jonssonová), Hana Repova, and Eva Trnkova) decided to continue with new repertoire. The band toured Europe, especially Germany. The first Zuby nehty album Utíkej/Running came out in 1993, followed by the Král vysílá své vojsko/Red Rover from 1995, Dítkám/For the Children in 1997, and Loď odplouvá/The Ship is Sailing Away in 1999. The band produced a film and several videos for Czech TV, theater soundtracks, and a book for poetry for the underground publishing house Mata.
In 2000 Zuby nehty stopped rehearsing and met occasionally for recording soundtracks for Míková’s theatrical productions. In 2003 Indies Records released a double CD Best of/ Rarities. The group played at special occasions, e.g. the release of digitalized film Hudba Praha 85 at Archa Theatre, various benefits and festivals like Mikulov and Unijazz events. In 2010 decision was made to start rehearsing and playing concerts. Romek Hanzlik’s agency AMP signed the band to regular concerts. The band will undertake a US tour in fall 2010, including a concert in the annual Czech Street Festival in New York City on October 2.
They have connections with the progressive rock group Už jsme doma: saxophonist Alice Flesarová was once a member of UJD, and UJD's leader Miroslav Wanek produced some of their albums. Pavla Jonssonová has taught and researched gender studies since 1993. Drummer Jana Modráčková went on to play trumpet for Traband and drums for Klec.
Concert of Uz jsme doma and Zuby nehty bands is supported by the CITY OF PRAGUE as a part of Czech Music on the Road.
Driven by a dynamic female lead vocal, November 2nd have established themselves as one of the Czech Republic‘s newest talents. Not only have they captured such prizes as the Jim Beam Music 'best new talent' award; they have also caught the attention of the Czech and European press.
The Prague based group composes and writes its own material in English. Their influences vary from rock, alternative to country. Several years of playing together have produced songs with strong melodies and moving lyrics.
In the Czech Republic, November 2nd have supported well-known bands and musicians like Alanis Morissette, Suzanne Vega, Spin Doctors, Reef, Bryan Adams, Dave Gahan and Crash Test Dummies. They have appeared on TV several times and nowadays they perform in clubs and open-air festivals around Europe and the US.
Their debut album called Midnight Desert (EMI) was released in 2002. That year, the band was nominated for the annual Czech Grammy awarded by the Academy of Popular Music, in the category of "new comer of the year". They were a runner up in this competition. November 2nd, however, did win the same category in a fan survey in Report music magazine and also on Radio Express.
November 2nd’s second release, Little Miss Behavin and the Troublemakers (EMI/Escape) was influenced by their stay in New York. The 10 song collection was recorded in classic analog style and mixed by none other than David Bianco of Mick Jagger, Santana and Tom Petty fame. One song was also mixed by Steve Walsh who has worked previously with Erasure and Greta Gaines. The album was mastered in Oasis Mastering in Los Angeles under the careful hands of Eddy Schreyer (Alice in Chains, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, Johnny Cash).
In its first week of release, Little Miss Behavin and the Troublemakers, immediately entered the Czech Top 40 and received rave reviews. Ócko, the 24 hour Czech music station, has nominated November 2nd in two of their yearly categories – group of the year and singer of the year.
The orchestra was formed at a seminar on the evolution of jazz when the teacher (who by coincidence happened to be me) wanted to lighten the preparations for the subject in question and, after making inquiries into who played what instrument, suggested to the participants that “we could play something together” without realising what he was letting himself in for and that afterwards he would then spend the vast majority of his autumn, winter and spring at his computer arranging, adjusting and cursing this fatal idea. “Afterwards” means after we all unexpectedly began to enjoy ourselves.
The band’s somewhat peculiar origin is also reflected in its line-up which can be best described as “we’ll take whoever wants to join”. For example, having two double-basses is entirely unusual. But the famous Milan Svoboda Prague Big Band which the amateur leader of our orchestra (who by coincidence happens to be me) was lucky enough to be present at the start of, had three and they did alright!
All the orchestra’s ex¬cellent musicians and wonderful singers are students at the Jan Kepler Grammar School in Prague which, with all modesty, can be called a prestigious and challenging school, which infers that all its members, as well as having their musical abilities, are suitably intelligent. Out of fear that a certain mischievousness that might have been evident in the previous lines could have raised doubts about our civic responsibility and artistic authenticity, here are some more serious facts: the orchestra was formed three years ago at the Jan Kepler Grammar School in Prague and therefore it is a purely amateur school ensemble, whose line-up for this reason is constantly changing slightly. It currently has more than twenty musicians and singers; as well as the saxophones and brass section that are to be expected it also boasts an extensive string section, an unusual quantity of flutes and a large rhythm section. A speciality of the band are two violinophones, an instrument rarely seen nowadays, which gives the orchestra that authentic 1930’s sound.
The orchestra’s re¬pertoire draws from famous Czech and worldwide hits of the swing era with occasional detours into earlier and later periods. Despite the original pure amateurism of its members (all the performers are students or recent graduates of the grammar school) the orchestra is capable of performances comparable to far more ambitious ensembles and their enthusiasm makes them very popular with audiences. The fact that a number of the orchestra’s members also perform with other musical groups and some of them also want to take up music professionally shows the quality of our musicians. The orchestra has performed several times with success at musical festivals of various kinds but it can play just as well for dances and is also used on various official occasions.
Concert of the Harmcore Jazz Band is organized in cooperation with Selma Rockova.
Lenka Pichlikova - performance at the KIDS TENT
Lenka Pichlíková is an actress (New York Actors Equity Association), director, author, and teacher with three decades of international experience in film, television, and stage productions. Educated in dramatic arts (MFA) at Charles University in her native Prague, she also studied acting with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof and mime with Marcel Marceau. Her stage credits include Equity regional roles, off-Broadway productions, over forty television roles, and twenty European and American film roles, including the principal role in the film, The Trumpet’s Song, awarded first prize at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival. Lenka’s writing credits include the full-length mimodramas, Medea and Seven Sins and a Virtue; one-person shows, including Katherine Luther; plays for children (The Emperor and the Rabbi’s Golden Secret); and schools performances (Mother Goose, Time for Mime, and others. In 2006 she was named “Best Mime” of Fairfield County, Connecticut). She teaches performing arts, dramatic literature, and cultural history at SUNY Purchase and Fairfield University.
Vit Horejs - performance at the KIDS TENT
For fifty years, a troupe of antique marionettes was confined to a dusty closet at Jan Hus Church, in the heart of New York's Czechoslovak neighborhood. Discovered by Vít Horejš, Czechoslovak storyteller, author, and puppeteer, the 24-inch century-old masterpieces of Czech puppet makers of the old, have since brought joy to thousands of spectators young and old on tours to 25 continental states, France, Hong Kong, Singapore... Vít Horejš and his marionettes tell favorite Czech stories he learned in his home town, Prague, from his father and grandmother: "Salt over Gold" (A Princess who values her father "only" as much as salt, is banished, but returns to save her father when salt disappears), "The Stingy Tailor" (A proud and stingy tailor is taught a lesson by the water spirit "Vodník") and "Kacha and the Devil" (A shepherd outwits the devil who is pursued by a dance-loving shrew).