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26 May 2016 - 30 May 2016

Emil Viklicky in Israel

Czech centre Tel Aviv is co-organizing performances of the leading Czech jazz musician Emil Viklicky in Tel Aviv.


Emil Viklicky (piano) and Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet)
together with Shlomi Goldenberg (saxophone), Amir Dod (drums) and Ram Erez / Dan Vizberg (contrabass)

Friday noon, May 27th 2016 at the Jazz at the Boulevard Ben Gurion Festival, free entry.
Saturday at 9 p.m, May 28th 2016 on the rooftop of Hasimta Jazz Club in Old Jaffa / tickets: 03-6812126


Emil Viklický

(born November 23, 1948 in Olomouc) is a Czech jazz pianist and composer. In 1971 he graduated from Palacký University with a degree in mathematics. While a student he devoted much time to playing jazz piano. In 1974, he was awarded the prize for best soloist at the Czechoslovak Amateur Jazz Festival, and that same year he joined Karel Velebny's SHQ ensemble. In 1976, he was a prizewinner at the jazz improvisation competition in Lyon, and his composition “Green Satin” (Zeleny saten) earned him first prize in the music conservatory competition in Monaco, where in 1985 his “Cacharel” won second prize in the same competition.

In 1977 he was awarded a year's scholarship to study composition and arrangement with Herb Pomeroy at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then continued his composition studies with Jarmo Sermila, George Crumb and Václav Kučera. Since returning to Prague, he has led his own ensembles (primarily quartets and quintets), composed and arranged, and - since the death of Karel Velebný - worked as director of the Summer Jazz Workshops in Frydlant. He has lectured at a similar workshop event in Glamorgan, Wales. Between 1991 and 1995, Viklický was President of the Czech Jazz Society, and since 1994 he has worked with the Ad lib Moravia ensemble, whose performances combine elements of Moravian folk music, modern jazz and contemporary serious music. In 1996, the ensemble undertook a highly successful concert tour of Mexico and the United States.

As a pianist, Viklický often performs in international ensembles alongside musicians from the U.S. and other European countries, including the Lou Blackburn International Quartet, the Benny Bailey Quintet, and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. He has made frequent appearances in Finland (with the Finnczech Quartet and in particular with Jarmo Sermila) and Norway (with the Czech-Norwegian Big Band and Harald Gundhus) and has performed in the USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands (at the North Sea Festival) and elsewhere.


Video from the event:



Jazz at the Boulevard Ben Gurion Festival, Hasimta Jazz Club in Old Jaffa


From: 26 May 2016
To: 30 May 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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