Emil Viklicky "The Janacek Of Jazz" Plays Rare London Gig At Spice Of Life October 31

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Czech jazz pianist Emil Viklicky returns to the UK to play a rare, one-off gig at the Spice of Life, in Soho, London on Thursday, October 31st.

Appearing in his favorite setting of a trio, Viklicky is joined by double bassist Petre Dvorsky and drummer Tomas Hobzek. Often described as “the Janacek of jazz”, Viklicky has spent a lifetime exploring the music of Czech composer Leos Janacek (1854 to 1928), weaving his timeless Moravian folk melodies into the jazz idiom, much in the same way Swedish pianist Jan Johansson famously did with folk music from his native country in the 1960s.

Viklicky and his trio are presenting the pianist’s Sinfonietta Project, reappraising the music inspired by Janacek that Viklicky first recorded with bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash.

In a career spanning more than forty years, Viklicky has recorded and toured with some of the most renowned figures in contemporary jazz/creative music, including guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Billy Hart and singer Iva Bittova. Equally at home in a straight-ahead context, Viklicky is one of the finest exponents of jazz piano on the contemporary jazz scene. Combining a dazzling technique with inherent lyricism and melodic sensibility, his concerts are always something special.

This is a rare opportunity to see one of Eastern Europe’s legendary jazz figures in an intimate setting.

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