The dramaturgy of the classic part of the 15th American Spring Festival will reflect the theme of Exile. At the concert of Martinů Quartet you will hear compositions by Tomáš Svoboda who is one of the most renowned contemporary composers of Czech heritage. 

American born trumpeter/composer Theo Croker, is hailed as one of the great promises of Black American Music (BAM). Well versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove oriented hip hop.

The dramaturgy of the 15th American Spring Festival will reflect the theme of Exile. Pianist Nikol Bóková will present the works of authors who forced the emigration in our country and who also succeeded greatly overseas – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jaromír Weinberger and Tomáš Svoboda. 

Jan Bartoš is described by the international press as a “one of the best European pianists” and “an emotional and sophisticated interpreter.” Following his studies in the Czech Republic, with Martin Ballý and Miroslav Langer, he continued to hone his artistry abroad, under the guidance of Zenon Fishbein, James Tocco, and Leon Fleisher. 

Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation and “highest category of improvising musicians” (New Yorker), Julian Lage has spent more than a decade searching through the myriad strains of American musical history via impeccable technique, free association and a spirit of infinite possibility.

Gabo Naas was born in Patagonia, Argentina. Most recently, Gabo has decided to focus on his vocal and guitar repertoire, which consists of original arrangements of traditional South American songs, namely Argentinean chacarera, zamba, chamamé, gato, vals, as well as Andean huayno and carnavalito, interpreting these styles in a modern way, without losing the essence of their folk roots. 

Besides his playing Kenny Werner is known for his 1996 book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within. that began an odyssey of being invited to lecture and teach musicians all over the world to “liberate the master musician within” and reclaim their love and power in music. In 2014 he became the artistic director of Effortless Mastery Institute of Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

Chandrika Tandon and Kenny Werner will present the European premiere of their latest project Unbounded, which glamorously combines the richness of classical Indian music and jazz. Chandrika Tandon is Grammy nominated artist, humanitarian and philanthropist. Kenny Werner is a world-renowned pianist and composer.

After two years composer and pianist Dan Tepfer returns to the 15th American Spring Festival. For the first time in the Czech Republic he will present his project Goldberg Variations. Dan Tepfer has created a kaleidoscopic experience with his solo album Goldberg Variations / Variations, the jazz pianist approaching J.S. Bach’s masterpiece – one of the classical canon’s most totemic works – as an inspiring font for creativity.

Bill Stewart has been one of the most unique voices among jazz drummers for decades. He is best known for his collaborations with famous jazz guitarists, including Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, Peter Bernstein and especially John Scofield.

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