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Please The Trees (alternative rock)

Please The Trees (Czech republic) have been following the trail of inspiration and perfecting their sound for over six years now.

 Please The Trees (Czech republic) have been following the trail of inspiration and perfecting their sound for over six years now. The latest fruit of that pilgrimage is their brand new record, A Forest Affair,which also represents something of a fresh departure. Indeed, the Czech band's indomitable and deep-seated spirit of adventure and keen desire to place themselves firmly in the context of the international music scene led them allthe way to California.

Originally from the forests of a mountainous region in East Bohemia, Havelka has for some years been one of the most active figures onPrague's independent music scene. Alongside performing solo and with a fullgroup line-up, he has written music for several theater productions (including astaged version of Lars von Trier's Dogville at the Estates Theater), hosts hisown "Natural Bridge" show on alternative station Radio Wave, and – as part ofthe promotion company Scrape Sound – brings leading international alternativerock and country artists, such as Mudhoney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to thecity.

The captivating, beautifully produced and stylistically varied A Forest Affair follows 2007's Lion Prayer and Inkalesh from 2010 and represents the peak of Havelka's career as a song writer to date. Former LA Times music editor says about the band's performance at the Taix club, LosAngeles during the Culture Collide festival, the band played during theirsecond US tour in 2011, at his prestigious blog buzzbands.la: Please The Treesfrom the Czech Republic offered robust arrangements where guitars didn't sound like guitars and frontmant Vaclav Havelka brought his own flair to the stage(and off the stage). A bit Grizzly Bear and a bit Arcade Fire (minus themassive number of people on stage), Taix's main room finally saw a band who went out into the crowd and lose themselves in their own music.

Please The Trees & senior choir Elpida

The joint musical project between indie rockers Please TheTrees and the senior-citizens' choir Elpida is an unconventional butexcellently functioning combination

Following its own, individual path, distinctive Tábor bandPlease The Trees has built itself a solid foundation on the domestic as well asforeign music scene. In 2012, the band's third album A Forest Affair won theAngel Award in the alternative music category. In 2010 the band's lead singer,Václav Havelka III, participated in a campaign against senior discrimination, during which he performed PTT songs with the senior citizens' choir Elpida. Thechoir of 20 women has been singing under the guidance of choirmaster Zuzana Seibertová since the autumn of 2010, and has appeared at summer music festivalsand at small music clubs. "Being on stage with the band is amazing, althoughour eardrums have taken a real pounding. But the musicians get so wild thatthey are literally pouring with sweat. And that gets us fired up, too," saysone of the choir's members, 72-year-old Emílie.

In 2012, Please The Trees and Elpida recorded a joint EP.Through this joint project, Elpida hopes to contribute to changing publicperception of senior citizens.

Concerts in Izrael:

8.10. Syncopa-Bar, Haifa

10.10. Para, Shavey Tzion

12.10. InDnegev Festival, Mitzpe Gvulot

13.10. sazeni stromu / trees planting v/at the Judean Foothills Tree Planting Center Nachshon forest by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund.

13.10. Levontin 7, Tel Aviv