Bart van Lier (born in 1950) who is an international legend of the jazz universe. This jazz genius performed together with e.g. Nederlands Jazz Orchestra, Rogier van Otterloo’s TV Orchestra, Slide Hampton’s 4 trombone group, the famed Big Band Skymasters, The Ramblers and many more orchestras. He was a teacher at Hilversum, Haag and Rotterdam conservatories. Currently he teaches master classes for brass departments of Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories. His signed model of trombone is produced by Kühnl and Hoyer company. Bart has also published a book titled “Coordination Training Program for Trombone Playing“. Since 1992 he is first and solo trombone player for Metropole Orchestra. As a soloist, he performed together with WDR Big Band and many other significant ensembles. Bart van Lier is world renowned both as a pedagogue as well as a soloist.
The Czech Philharmonic Low Brass consists of first-rate members of the trombone and tuba section of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The pleasing, velvety harmony and in particular the distinct expression of the joint performance of several trombones and the tuba have already been appreciated not only by listeners, but also composers, who have created many original pieces for such ensembles. And since there is a number of high-quality arrangements, presenting well-known compositions of the past in a new, interesting light, the repertory of The Czech Philharmonic Low Brass is remarkably comprehensive.
Members: Robert Kozánek, Lukáš Moťka, Břetislav Kotrba, Jaroslav Tachovský, Karel Kučera a Karel Malimánek.
Přemysl Tomšíček chose his fellow musicians that he has been working with on various jazz formations for over 20 years. This explains why their shows’ atmosphere is always sparkling with music and great personal vibes. This sextet has their own composition arrangements typically styled after hard bop authors: Tom Harrell, David Liebman, Clare Fischer, Barry Harrys, John Coltrane, John Fedchock, Marshalla Gilkese and many others. As the festival's main guest star, you will see living legend, Bart van Lier (NL), bass trombone player Zdeněk Němec and alto sax player Jan Fečo playing together with Přemysl Tomšíček Sextet.
Line-up: Jakub Cirkl - alto sax, bar. sax, Jan Fečo – alto sax, Osian Roberts - tenor sax, Přemysl Tomšíček – trombone, Bart van Lier – trombone, Zdeněk Němec – bass trombone, Stanislav Mácha – piano, Josef Fečo - double bass, Martin Schulz – drums.
PŘEMYSL TOMŠÍČEK SEXTET & BART VAN LIER & ZDENĚK NĚMEC
Pulec Octet Tribute - an ensemble of eight trombones, drums, double bass and piano. This group continues tradition as old as 40 years founded by Czech trombone legend Zdeněk Pulec and Pavel Vitoch from Czechoslovak radio. Excellent arrangements written specifically for Pulec-Oktet are back again for public performances after many years of silence. The event is super unique and the group consists of top musicians performing with e.g. Czech Radio Big Band of Gustav Brom, Felix Slováček Big Band, Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra and many other important ensembles. As the festival's main guest star, you will see living legend, Bart van Lier (NL) playing together with Pulec Octet Tribute.
Baroque Ensemble is a group that was established specially for Prague Bone Fest. There aren’t many musicians that are able to play “sackbut”- a modern trombone’s predecessor. For this event, top musicians specialized in historic music got together. The main guest star for this ensemble is David J. Yacus (USA) who regularly works with prominent historic music ensembles, such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Concerto Italiano, Concerto Palatino or Freiburger Barockorchester.
Line-up: Stanislav Penk – baroque alto trombone, Jakub Zívalík – baroque tenor trombone, David J. Yacus – baroque bass trombone, Robert Hugo – positive organ.
New project of two ex-colleagues of jazz band Mocca Malacco, Štěpán Janoušek and Michal Wróblewski who decided to reunite again. Acoustic quartet (trombone, alt saxophone, double bass and drums) combines in its original compositions influences of New Orleans, blues, soul jazz, New York downtown scene, free jazz, rock, and many other genres. Their music doesn’t miss humor, free improvisation and almost unbearable amount of energy! Line-up: Štěpán Janoušek – trombone, Michal Wróblewski – alto sax, Miloš Klápště – double bass, Jan Chalupa - drums
Lukáš Moťka is sought-after soloist and chamber music player. Currently he cooperates with prime Czech ensembles and is lead solo trombonist of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. During his short career he has received many awards at Czech and international competitions. He performs with brass ensemble CzechBrass and Czech Philharmonic Low Brass. He performed and recorded several Czech premieres of contemporary Czech composers, such as Juraj Filas, Ladislav Kubík or Pavel Slezák. Currently he also works on the Academy of musical arts in Prague, where he started teaching as an external pedagogue after finishing his doctoral studies. Don’t miss your chance to participate on masterclass with this phenomenal artist and pedagogue! He will also star in the joint recital with a trombone player no less renowned, Robert Kozánek, as well as other guests.
Zdzisław Stolarczyk is a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Since 1979, he has worked as a bass trombonist in the Polish National Radio Symphony in Katowice while cooperating with multiple domestic and foreign orchestras and bands such as: National Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, “Capellae Cracoviensis” and the Hilversum Radio Chamber Orchestra (Netherlands). The achievements of this orchestra musician include over 1500 performed concerts, 115 foreign tours, 62 television shows, over 11000 minutes of archive recordings and 45 CDs. Besides his regular job as an orchestra musician, he performs as a solo artist, chamber orchestra member and a lecturer at international and national symposiums, scientific conferences and seminars. He is a noted and appreciated teacher who started his teaching carrier in 1986 in the 1st and 2nd level State School of Music in Bielsko-Biała and continued teaching at the Cracow Academy of Music. Since 2015 he has been a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His scientific work was acknowledged in 2017 by the President of Poland who has awarded him the title of professor of music. Zdzisław Stolarczyk will perform at the Prague Bone Fest together with the students of his trombone class at the Cracow University.
Robert Kozánek (born in 1978) succeeded many times both in national and international competitions during his studies at Conservatoire in Kroměříž and then at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Robert Kozánek belongs among the most popular players not only as a soloist but also as an interpret of chamber music (BRASS 6, Czech Philharmonic Low Brass, Vlado Kumpan and his musicians) and last but not least as a jazzman (F dur jazzband, Tequila jazzband, Rudolfinum Jazz Orchestra). At present the centre of his work is permorming in the symphony orchestra because since 2002 he has been the solo trombonist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert Kozánek also pursues paedagogical activities - in 2003 he became an assistant professor at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and in 2011 he became the main professor there. He will also star in the joint recital with a trombone player no less renowned, Lukáš Moťka, as well as other guests.
Štěpán Janoušek belongs to major current jazz trombone players on Czech music scene. He also sings. He studied Conservatory and VOŠ of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague. During his music career he performed together with many music ensembles, such as jazz quintet Mocca Malacco, Czech Radio Big Band, Gustav Brom Big Band. In 2008 he’s been selected as Soloist of the year at Junior Jazz competition, in 2015 he won the international competition of jazz trombone players up 25 years of age (J.J. Johnson Jazz Trombone Competition). Since 2013 he teaches trombone and improvisation at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. Currently he plays with bands SKETY (a cappella sextet), MarZ, Janoušek-Wróblewski Quartet, Concept Art Orchestra, chamber orchestra BERG and many others. He is also sought after studio musician and vocalist.
Zdeněk Němec graduated from Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague. After successful graduation he pursued music studies at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he earned his Bachelor degree in 2018. During his studies there he was selected for Erasmus at Conservatorium van Amsterdam at Ben van Dijk. Thanks to rich music education, Zdeněk Němec became not just classic, but also jazz bass trombone player. Currently, he performs with Felix Slováček Big Band, Gustav Brom Big Band, Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. In 2013 he established trombone ensemble Pulec Octet Tribute following the footsteps of the legendary Pulec-Oktet. In September 2018 he becomes a member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya City - Japan.
Zdeněk Němec will perform at Prague Bone Fest together with trombone sextet.
Jakub Mašek (1983) he began studying trombone when he was 17 at the ZUS Semily arts school. After having passed his basic education at the Teplice Conservatory he graduated at the Prague Consevatory in 2011. As an active participant of many masterclasses and workshops regarding classical as well as contemporary music he has drawn inspiration from renowned pedagogues and performers. Since 2015 he has been a regular participant of the Balkan music workshops with Ehan Velio. Already while studying he hosted in many orchestras, including the Youth München Philharmonic, Dvořák Philharmonic orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic České Budějovice and others. Since 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. At the moment he has been interested in Balkan music in the Caravana Banda, Circus Brothers, Harmálek Orchestra, Lovesong Orchestra and Oranžáda. He began gathering his pedagogical experience since 2007 at the ZUS Česká Lípa where he has been teaching trombone, eufonium and tuba since 2007 also at the Jihlava ZUS music school. Jakub Mašek will lead unique masterclasses for children and the youths. At the Festival market is also the opportunity to buy instruments for beginners and advanced such as the pBones in various colours and the studnet models of the Vincent Bach Stradivarius for festival discounts.
The Prague Bone Fest will offer a unique opportunity to listen to a new generation of talent from all around the Czech Republic as well as Slovakia. Trombone ensembles from renowned conservatories will present themselves in two students concerts. A wide selection of pieces by prominent authors will also be performed.
Music and Dance Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (HAMU), Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno (JAMU), University of Ostrava, Prague Conservatoire, Prague Jazz Conservatory, Jan Deyl Conservatory Prague, Conservatory Pardubice, Conservatory Teplice, Conservatory České Budějovice, Conservatory Brno, Janáček Conservatory Ostrava, P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatory Kroměříž, Konzervatórium Žilina (SK).
One of the interesting aspects of the Prague Bone Fest is the interactive masterclass for pedagogues, which will be led not only by the instructors performing, but also other pedagogues, who will be happy to share their experience in music pedagogy with you and answer all your questions. The masterclass will cover topics ranging from psychology to the practical aspects of the lessons. Please do come and enrich not just your experience, but also the experience of your colleagues!