Emil Viklický Trio
2013.9.22 8:00 – 9:30 pm
场地 Venue: 华侨城创意园北区B10现场 B10 Live, North District, OCT-LOFT
Emil Viklický -Piano 键盘
Petr Dvorsky – Double bass低音提琴
Cyril Zelenak – Drums 鼓
Emil started to play piano in quite early age. His grandfather Victor Wiklitzky had brought from Vienna concert grand piano “Hoffbauer” as a wedding gift for his musically gifted bride. Emil was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), where in 1971 he graduated from Palacky University with a degree in mathematics. As 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 he joined Karel Velebny’s SHQ ensemble at the same year.
In 1977 Emil was awarded a 4 year’s scholarship to study composition and arrangement with Herb Pomeroy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 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 ALM ensemble undertook a highly successful concert tour around Mexico and the United States.
As a pianist, Emil often performs in international ensembles alongside musicians from the U.S. and other European countries. Back in 1983-89 Emil worked with the Lou Blackburn International Quartet, the Benny Bailey Quintet, and American 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. The editor of Rolling Stone Jan Wenner wrote of Emil that “It was a delightful surprise to see such first-class, top-of-the-line jazz in Prague.”
Emil has become noted for his unique synthesis of the melodicism and tonalities of Moravian folk song with modern jazz. As English critic Euan Dixon wrote in 2005 “Emil Viklický is one of those European jazz pianists who successfully incorporated elements of his indigenous folk culture into jazz”.
As a composer Viklický has attracted attentions abroad primarily for having created a synthesis of the expressive elements of modern jazz with the melodicism and tonalities of Moravian folk song that is distinctly individual in contemporary jazz. Besides this, however, he also composes ‘straight-ahead’ modern jazz as well as chamber and orchestral works that utilize certain elements of the New Music, and at times his music requires a combination of classical and jazz performers.
Petr Dvorsky graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek jazz under the instruction of Professor Jan Kment, Professor Vaclav Fuka and Professor Jiri Valenta studying classical music. Since 1990, Petr Dvorsky has become a very active one in the Czech jazz circles, and played with many outstanding Czech and foreign jazz musicians, such as Emil Viklický, Mark Vinci, Steve Lacy, Ingrid Jensen, Markus Printup, Randy Brecker, and Julian Nicholas and so on. In 1994, he was awarded in Poland Krokow young jazz musicians of international competition. He also won the nomination of Czech Jazz Society’s annual talented musicians.
Nowadays, alongside playing with Emil Viklický Trio, Infinite Q and Points and so on, Petr Dvorsky is a member of the Czech Radio Big Band as well. He is quite active in the jazz field of education – he has been the director in Summer Prague Jazz which was organized by the Czech Jazz Society two consecutive years.
Cyril was born in Slovakia in 1951, he has learnt from the legendary Slovakian drummer Laco Tropp. He served in various jazz and rock bands playing, such as Collegium Musicum, Prudy, to Emil Viklický core Czecho-Slovak Quartet (CSQ, 1980-86), Peter Lipa Quintet, Emil Viklický trio (1987-1991 and 2010-12). Cyril was also been a drummer in the well-known European big band Gustav Brom, this band consists of a large variety of solo musicians and it has been on toured in Europe. In 2011, Cyril was named the best soloist in Jazz Festival in 2011, Hong Kong.