NEW CD “UNCERTAINTY” BY JAROMÍR HONZÁK
In December 2014 a new CD of bassist Jaromír Honzák Uncertainty was released on the label Animal Music. Besides Honzák and Dorůžka the album features French clarinetist and saxophonist Antonin-Tri Hoang, Swedish drummer Jon Fält and Czech pianist Vít Křišťan.
JAZZ GUITAR LESSONS
In collaboration with the company Kytary.cz David Dorůžka recorded a four-part series of jazz guitar lessons (in Czech). The lessons can be found on the youtube.com channel here. They include among others two interpretations of George Gershwin's Embraceable You as well as illustrations of various approaches to improvisation.
A NEW ARTICLE
on the Czech Radio website can be found here (in Czech).
NEW CD APOKALYPSIS
APOKALYPSIS is the name of a new CD, released on the record label Animal Music at the end of 2013. The recording features the Tiburtina Ensemble, a female vocal ensemble specializing mostly in interpretation of Medieval music, and a trio of instrumentalists – David Dorůžka (guitars), Marcel Bárta (saxophones and bass clarinet) and Martin Novák (drums, percussion). The program is based mostly on music from the Medieval Spanish manusricpt Codex las Huelgas and uses as its main theme the Revelation of St. John (Apocalypse) from the New Testament. Medieval vocal music is put side by side with contemporary improvised music inspired by the story of the Apocalypse, transcending the genre of jazz improvisation in many ways. The album was recorded in the Royal Palace of the Zvíkov castle in southern Bohemia, taking advantage of the natural reverb of the space, in the course of two days in December 2013, when both inside and outside temperature was just above freezing point.
The CD can be ordered in the Animal Music e-shop. The press release and photos can be downloaded here.
The CD is also the main topic of the interview with David published in the January issue of the Rock&Pop magazine.
The album Fall Somewhere by French bassist Nicolas Moreaux, released by the Fresh Sound label, received the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros, the award of the Charles Cros Academy in the Jazz category in 2013 in France. The CD features a stellar line-up of musicians, as well as guest pianist Tigran Hamasyan and saxophonist Bill McHenry besides David Dorůžka. More information at www.nicolasmoreaux.com.
NEW CD OF MARTA TÖPFEROVÁ AND TOMÁŠ LIŠKA “MILOKRAJ”
“Milokraj” is the title of a new project and CD of Marta Töpferová and Tomáš Liška. The CD was released in spring 2013 on the label Animal Music and was recorded in the following line-up: Marta Töpferová (voice, cuatro), Tomáš Liška (bass), Stano Palúch (violin), Marcel Comendant (cimbalom), David Dorůžka (guitars). More details at: www.milokraj.com and www.animalmusic.cz
DORŮŽKA/BÁRTA/NOVÁK AND TIBURTINA ENSEMBLE IN PRAGUE
On February 7th at 7:30pm a concert will be held at the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude in Prague (Dušní ulice, Praha 1) as part of the FOK concert series. The concert features David, Marcel Bárta (saxophones, bass clarinet) and Martin Novák (drums, percussion) together with the Tiburtina Ensemble. This special project which fuses Gregorian chant and medieval motets from the Spanish manuscript Las Huelgas with jazz improvisation, was originally commissioned by the festival Concentus Moraviae in 2010, and since then has been performed both in the Czech Republic and abroad. A video from the festival Concentus Moraviae can be watched on Czech radio’s website:
More information about the upcoming concert is here.
NEW CDs: IVA BITTOVÁ, INNER SPACES, NICOLAS MOREAUX, LUBOŠ SOUKUP
Several new CDs came out in the autumn of 2012 and beginning of 2013 with the participation of David Dorůžka. Worth mentioning is the new CD of Iva Bittová “Zvon” (Animal Music) featuring a wide range of guests, the Prague Philharmonia conducted by David Švec, and orchestral arrangements by Petr Ostrouchov and Beata Hlavenková. David also performs on the new CD of the Czech-Polish group Inner Spaces “Light Year” (Animal Music) – the CD includes the “Lullaby” written by David and besides his performance features the talents of Štěpánka Balcarová (trumpet), Luboš Soukup (saxophones), Vít Křišťan (piano), Max Mucha (bass) and Grzegorz Maslowski (drums). The debut CD of saxophonist Luboš Soukup “Beyond the Borders” (Newportline) features David, pianist Oskar Grönberg and bassist Joel Illerhaag from Sweden, and Danish drummer Morten Haesum. And the latest of new CDs featuring David is “Fall Somewhere” (Fresh Sound) by French bassist Nicolas Moreaux, with Bill McHenry, Olivier Bogé and Christoph Panzani (saxophones), Pierre Perchaud (guitar) and Karl Jannuska and Antoine Paganotti (drums). In September 2012 David also took part in the recording of a new CD of Polish trumpetist Jerzy Malek, together with Marcin Wasilewski (piano), Arild Andersen (bass) and Hans van Osterhout (drums).
A NEW REVIEW OF AGA ZARYAN’S CD
“Looking Walking Being” can be read here.
NEW RECORDINGS WITH LUBOŠ SOUKUP AND NICOLAS MOREAUX
In November 2011 David Dorůžka participated in two exciting recording sessions. In Prague he recorded on saxophonist Luboš Soukup’s upcoming debut solo CD, together with pianist Oscar Grönberg and bassist Joel Illerhaag from Sweden, and drummer Morten Haesum from Denmark. David also recorded on French bassist Nicolas Moreaux’s upcoming Fresh Sound disc, together with Bill McHenry, Olivier Bogé and Christoph Panzani (saxophones), Pierre Perchaud (guitar) and Karl Jannuska and Antoine Paganotti (drums). More information about the CDs to follow soon.
VIDEO OF CONCERT WITH THE TIBURTINA ENSEMBLE AND MARCEL BÁRTA AND MARTIN NOVÁK
At the Concentus Moraviae festival in 2010 David Dorůžka performed together with the choir Tiburtina Ensemble and Marcel Bárta (saxophones, bassclarinet) and Martin Novák (drums, percussion), in a program pairing Gregorian chant and medieval motets from the Spanish manuscript Las Huelgas with jazz improvisation. The video from this concert can now be watched on Czech radio’s website:
DOCUMENTARY OF THE CZECH TELEVISION ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JAZZ IMPROVISATION AT THE JANÁČEK ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN BRNO
The Department of Jazz Improvisation at JAMU was established in 2010 and David Dorůžka is one of the teachers there. The documentary can be seen here (in Czech).
A NEW CD OF AGA ZARYAN
entitled A Book of Luminous Things contains also the piece This World, written by David Dorůžka to words of a poem by Czeslaw Milosz. On the CD Aga Zaryan is accompanied by Michal Tokaj, Larry Koonse, Darek Oleskiewicz, Munyungo Jackson and the Polish Radio String Orchestra. David doesn’t perform on this CD. Samples from the CD can be heard here.
CHAT ON THE WEBSITE KULTURA21
On Monday September 20th David Dorůžka was guest in a live chat on the website Kultura21. You can read all questions and answers here (in Czech).
MORE NEW ARTICLES…
…concerning the new CD Wandering Song can be found on the website of Hospodářské noviny ihned.cz (Dorůžka dobývá jazzové vrcholy, je mistrem silných balad), in the May issue of UNI (“Hluboká inspirace Davida Dorůžky”) and in the August issue of Rock&Pop (an interview by Tomáš S. Polívka).
The May 6th issue of Reflex brings an interview with David by Daniel Konrád, mostly talking about David’s latest CD Wandering Song. Another article about David was included in the April issue of magazine Folk.
RECENT CD AND CONCERT REVIEWS
A review of David’s April 12th concert in Kostel Sv. Šimona a Judy can be found here (in Czech):
A review from the Polish magazine Polityka (reviewing the new CD of Aga Zaryan) notes that “the playing of Czech virtuoso David Dorůžka will charm even the most fastidious listeners”:
Reviews of David’s new CD Wandering Song have been published in the April issue of "Harmonie" magazine (here) and in the April 13th issue of Právo.
NEW CD "WANDERING SONG" FEATURING JORGE ROSSY AND ALBERT SANZ OUT NOW ON FRESH SOUND RECORDS
David's third CD as a leader was released in January. It features two of his colleagues and friends from Spain, Jorge Rossy on drums and Albert Sanz on Hammond organ. The CD consists of four Doruzka originals, two pieces written by the late great pianist Herbie Nichols, one composition by Ornette Coleman, and a song by Kurt Weill. The CD was recorded in Begues in Spain by Jordi Matas, mixed by Lukáš Martínek and mastered by Alvaro Balana. Photographs for the cover and booklet were taken by Václav Jirásek and Jordi Matas, and a short text by David about the making of this CD and the group's history is also included in the booklet.
Samples of the music can be heard on David’s myspace site and more information can be found on the Fresh Sound website as well as the Czech Jazz Society website (in Czech).
The CD can be ordered through the Fresh Sound website as well as from Amazon.de.
In Czech Republic the CD is distributed by Arta Records and is available through their e-shop as well as in most major music stores.
NEW CD BY AGA ZARYAN “LOOKING WALKING BEING” OUT NOW ON BLUE NOTE RECORDS
The new CD of Polish singer Aga Zaryan was released in the middle of March. The CD features pianist Michal Tokaj, bassist Michal Baranski, drummer Lukasz Zyta, guitarist David Dorůžka, and American percussionist Munyungo Jackson, known for having worked with Miles Davis, Sting and Stevie Wonder among others. The CD consists of six pieces written by Michal Tokaj, four by David Dorůžka, one by Larry Koonse and one by Zbigniew Wegehaupt, set to lyrics by Aga and poems by British-American poet Denise Levertov.
Samples of the music can be heard here and more information can be found on Aga Zaryan’s website www.zaryan.com where the CD can be ordered as well.
One week after the release, CD “Looking Walking Being” already earned a “Platinum Record” status in Poland.
David Dorůžka can be heard on the new CD of Dutch saxophonist Cyrille Oswald “The Wrong Present”, which came out in April 2010 on Animal Music. More at www.animalmusic.cz and www.cyrille.eu.
David also took part in a live recording with the quintet of Polish pianist Piotr Wylezol, together with Adam Pieronczyk (saxophones), Adam Kowalewski (bass) and Krzysztof Dziedzic (drums).
RESULTS OF THE CZECH JAZZ SOCIETY “CD OF THE YEAR” POLL
The winner of Czech jazz society “CD of the year” Poll is Jaromír Honzák and his CD “Little Things”, the second place is held by Tomáš Liška and his CD “Invisible World”.
More information here (in Czech): www.czechjazz.org/anketa
DAVID DORŮŽKA WITH SAM SADIGURSKY AND TOMÁŠ LIŠKA ON CZECH RADIO – VLTAVA
On Friday March 5th from 5:45pm to 6:30pm and a week later on March 12th at the same time, Czech Radio Vltava will broadcast a two-part recording of a November 2009 concert from Prague’s Jazz Dock, where David Dorůžka performed together with saxophonist Sam Sadigursky from New York and bassist Tomáš Liška. The program can be heard live also on the internet broadcast page of Czech Radio Vltava.
DEBUT CD OF BASSIST TOMÁŠ LIŠKA OUT NOW
“Invisible World”, the debut CD of Tomáš Liška, was released on November 23rd on the Animal Music label. The CD features Tomáš Liška on upright bass, Italian virtuoso bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura (known for having recorded for example with Miroslav Vitouš), and David Dorůžka playing acoustic guitar throughout most of the album. Guest vocalist Marta Töpferova and percussionist Tomáš Reindl perform as well on several tracks. The recording consists of 10 pieces by Liška, one free improvisation by Bonaventura and one piece by Dorůžka. A trio tour in December follows the CD release, culminating with two CD release concerts at the Jazz Dock in Prague on December 9th and 10th. (For more info visit the Appearances section.)
More details about the CD at: www.tomasliska.com and www.animalmusic.cz
NEW CD BY BASSIST JAROMÍR HONZÁK OUT NOW
“Little Things”, the new CD by Jaromír Honzák, was released on August 31st at the occasion of Jaromír's 50th birthday concert, which took place on the same day in Palác Akropolis in Prague. The CD features American saxophonist Chris Cheek, Polish pianist Michal Tokaj and drummer Lukasz Zyta, the PKF string quartet and David Dorůžka on guitar. The music consists of seven pieces written by Honzák and one new composition by David Dorůžka. More details at: www.jaromirhonzak.com a www.animalmusic.cz
DAVID DORŮŽKA ON MYSPACE.COM
David Dorůžka has joined the MySpace network. To look at his profile, listen to music, view videos, etc..., visit www.myspace.com/daviddoruzka
David Dorůžka was guest in the radio program STUDIO ČESKO on July 23rd. The whole program can be heard in the archive here (in Czech): www.rozhlas.cz/radio_cesko/press/_zprava/598384
NEW RECORDINGS FEATURING DAVID DORŮŽKA
In recent months David has been busy recording as a sideman on new CDs by several different artists. He will appear on the new album of Polish vocalist Aga Zaryan (together with Michal Tokaj – piano, Michal Baranski – bass, Lukasz Zyta – drums & Munyungo Jackson – percussion) and he also wrote several compositions for this album. Furthermore he will be featured on the debut album of bassist and bandmate Tomáš Liška (with bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura), on the new album of bassist Jaromír Honzák (with Chris Cheek – sax, Michal Tokaj – piano, Lukasz Zyta – drums) and on new CD by saxophonist Cyrille Oswald (with Tomáš Liška – bass & Dano Šoltis – drums). All CDs are scheduled for release in 2009 or 2010 and further information will be provided soon.
CD Silently Dawning receives the award Anděl – CD of the Year 2008 in the Jazz&Blues category in the Czech Republic
The “Anděl” awards (awards of the Czech academy of popular music) have been given out on Saturday March 14th in a live broadcast in the program “Noc s Andělem” on Czech TV 2. This is already the second “Anděl” that David Dorůžka receives, the first one was awarded to him in the same category for his first CD Hidden Paths, released in 2004.
More details about CD Silently Dawning a few paragraphs below.
DAVID DORŮŽKA / JOSEFINE LINDSTRAND Quartet on CZECH TV 2
On Sunday November 30th at 0:45 a concert of the David Dorůžka / Josefine Lindstrand Quartet with Michal Baranski (bass) and Lukasz Zyta (drums) was broadcast on the 2nd channel of Czech Television. The concert took place in April 2008 at the International festival JazzFest Brno 2008 in theater Husa na provázku. The program can still be watched over the internet here.
Further info here.
An interview with David Dorůžka and Josefine Lindstrand was also part of the program NOTES on ČT2 on Tuesday November 25th at 11:45pm. It can be watched here. (The interview starts at 14:35.)
New CD “SILENTLY DAWNING” out now!
David Dorůžka’s new CD was recorded in October 2007 in Studio Svárov. It features Swedish singer Josefine Lindstrand and Polish bassist Michal Baranski and drummer Lukasz Zyta, and consists of 10 of David’s originals written on poems or texts by Emily Dickinson, Jiří Orten and Josefine Lindstrand. Included is a 16-page booklet with photos by Magda Slezarová and English-Swedish-Czech translations of all poems and lyrics sung on the CD.
"Silently Dawning" was released on March 28th on label Animal Music (www.animalmusic.eu)
Several tracks can be heard here: www.myspace.com/daviddoruzka and samples of the music can also be found here
The CD is available worldwide at CD BABY (www.cdbaby.com/doruzka ) and iTunes and is distributed in the Czech and Slovak Republics exclusively by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. It can also be ordered in the Animal Music e-shop.
For the official press release click here: pdf or MS Word.
DVD „Iva Bittová & Ida Kelarová – JAZZ“ available now
The live DVD with the concert of Iva Bittová & Ida Kelarová from the Lucerna hall in Prague was released at the end of October. Bittová and Kelarová are accompanied by Ondrej Krajňák, Tomáš Baroš, Marián Ševčík, David Dorůžka, Julius Baroš, Radovan Tariška, Ivan Herák, Miloš Dvořáček, Lamborghini String Quartet and the vocal trio of Desiderius Dužda. Miriam Bayle also performs as well as special guest George Mraz. The DVD is distributed by INDIES Records and can also be ordered here.
NEW ALBUM BY JAROMÍR HONZÁK
Jaromír Honzák’s new CD A Question to All Your Answers, featuring David Dorůžka on guitar, Michal Tokaj on piano and Lukasz Zyta on drums, was released on October 1st on the label Animal Music. For more details visit:
CZECH TRANSLATION OF JIM HALL’S BOOK EXPLORING JAZZ GUITAR
A Czech translation of this groundbreaking book on the art of jazz guitar and improvisation was published in September by Edition Bärenreiter. David Dorůžka provided a foreword. Further information can be found at:
To order, visit:
more about the David Dorůžka's CD Hidden Paths, including audio samples
"an exceptionally talented guitarist...the strong feeling, that David's music and playing now projects, repeatedly invokes amazement in the concentrated listener..." Lidové noviny, Czech Republic
"[Hidden Paths] is a beautiful and mature CD, a world-class recording" JazzForum, Poland
"CD [Hidden Paths] is undoubtedly an event of this season...[Dorůžka's] music is built in a thoughtful and gifted way, with insight and originality" Harmonie, Czech Republic