100 Years celebrating the 100 years of existence of the Czech state is a vast suite written by a group of composers called the Prague Six. It came to existence in 2018 as a commemoration of the national anniversary.
The album presents progressively arranged Czech Christmas carols or songs freely inspired by Christmas, for example musicalized verses of Czech poets Fráňa Šrámek and Jan Skácel. The album features guest performances of Dan Bárta, Markéta Foukalová and Milan Cimfe. Authors of the compositions are members of the composers’ group Prague Six.
The album was awarded the Anděl Music Award in 2015 and was released by the Czech label Animal Music. It includes six compositions written by six Czech Composers who informally present themselves as the Prague Six composers’ group.
The debut album of the Czech-Polish quintet Inner Spaces was released in Poland under the auspices of the Jazz Forum magazine. It is only available as a CD at the band’s concerts.
Ed Partyka, nuBox & Concept Art Orchestra
This sound-specific album was made at the initiative of the Czech Radio. It mixes acoustic sound of the big band with samples and electronics. The program was arranged and rehearsed with the big band by the American bandleader Ed Partyka.