PRSO & The Tomáš Sýkora Trio: An Homage to Karel Růžička
DOX+, 18 September 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Karel Růžička: Lovebird (arr. T. Sýkora)
Tomáš Sýkora: Hidden Songs Suite
Karel Růžička jr.: Grace and Gratitude Medley (arr. T. Sýkora)
David Fránek – saxophone
Tomáš Sýkora – piano
Tomáš Liška – bass
Martin Novák – drums
Štěpánka Balcarová – conductor
“Karel Růžička was one of the important teachers for me, but also a great friend and an inspirational personality,” says Jazz pianist, composer and frontman of the Tomáš Sýkora Trio about the leading personality of Czech jazz, who formed several generations of jazz musicians. Sýkora dedicated a project on the border of jazz and classical music, combining composed music and improvisation, to him. Jazzmen and members of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will meet in Holešovice’s DOX+ Centre for Contemporary Art.
The programme will begin with Růžička’s song Lovebird in a new arrangement for a quartet of jazz musicians and an orchestra, built on the layout of grand jazz forms typical for modern big band arrangements. This will be followed by the Hidden Songs suite, which Sýkora wrote for his own jazz trio and an orchestra. The evening will culminate with the Grace and Gratitude Medley, Sýkora’s orchestral arrangement from the last album of Růžička’s son, New York resident saxophone player Karel Růžička Jr. He was supposed to perform at the concert, unfortunately due to the strict measures associated with the covid 19 pandemic, he will not be coming to the Czech Republic. The solo part in both planned compositions will be performed by the excellent Czech saxophonist David Fárek.
Ticket prices: 900 Kč | 750 Kč
The organizer reserves the right to change the program and performers.