Nitky & Zuzana Homolová

Saturday, November 18 / SNG Café Berlinka / Nám. Ľ. Štúra 4
9pm / Concert / Nitky & Zuzana Homolová (CZ/SK)
Poetry by French poetess Suzanne Renaud in translation by Alica Škochová set to music

The album „Prší na Habry" is a third authorial project of the musician Ondřej Škoch and it presents poetry by a French poetess, Suzanne Renaud, the wife of the poet and graphic artist Bohuslav Reynk, set to music. In its variety of genres, the album follows in the footsteps of its predecessor. However, its overall impression is influenced by the presence of a distinctive and special guest – the Slovak songwriter Zuzana Homolová.

Apart from Ondřej and Štepán Škoch, the production was once again overseen by Darek Král, a theatre composer who contributed to the record with piano and keys. Just like the previous albums, "Prší na habry" was recorded in the All Senses Production studio of Štěpán Škoch.

Zuzana Homolová, the album's special guest, gained fame through her performance of folk ballads and has collaborated with renown musicians in the likes of Vladimír Merta, Jiří Stivín or Vlastimil Redl. The album "Tvojej duši zahynut nedám", which features some brilliant Slovak musicians, was awarded the 2005 Slovak Academy AUREL Award in the world music section. She is currently in a band titled Trojka Zuzany Homolové with Miloš Železňák on guitar and Samo Smetana on violin.

Zuzka Homolová (Ars Poetica 2015)
Zuzka Homolová (Ars Poetica 2015)


The album's author, guitarist and composer Ondřej Škoch graduated from the conservatory and the college of Jaroslav Ježko in the field of jazz guitar and composition. As a guitarist and composer, he contributed to formations of various genres: Manon 15, Marcipán, Šum Švistu, Vesna Cáceres and Tam Tam Orchestra. Since 2001 he has been playing bass in the pop-rock band Chinaski. He composes film scores and music for advertisements.

Darek Král, musical composer and producer. He graduated from the Department of Film and Theatre Sciences at the Faculty of Arts on Palackého University Olomouc,. He was schoolmate to the dramatist and director David Drábek. Together they founded the legendary theatre studio titled Hořící žirafy [burning giraffes] and Král became the exclusive composer for their joint theatrical productions. This year they will be celebrating 20 years of working together.

Nitky
Nitky


Darek Král directs his musical activity towards three areas:
While having collaborated with a wide selection of Czech directors, he currently almost exclusively works with David Drábek and his music holds an irreplaceable importance in their productions. The continuity found in their work also results in the unprecedented colorfulness of Král's scenic music, because the connection that these two creators share excludes any possibility of "stereotype" or a "reappearance" of a particular style of music. (We can for example find this sort of director-composer collaboration in the world of film: David Lynch working with Angelo Badalamenti or Luc Besson working with Eric Serra). Together they traveled around quite a few Czech and Moravian theatres and today they reside in the Klicperovo theatre in Hradec Králové.

Štěpán Škoch is a multi-instrumentalist who was born to a poor photographer and whose grandfather used to be a wealthy confectioner (from Písek), but lost everything after February 1948. His mother is from Prague and she is a godly woman. From 1981 he attended the elementary school U Roháčových kasáren. In 1984, his lack of knowledge of German led him to shoot his own left hand with a Hennel gun. From 1990 he studied at the Pražačka grammar school, where he met his future wife Olga. After graduating he started attending conservatory – he studied saxophone under the supervision of professor J. Kulišev. In 1999 and 2000, he attended pedagogics at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has been happily married since May 5, 2000, and he has been a member of the band Chinaski until today.

Darek Král Štepán Škoch
Darek Král, Štepán Škoch

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Ondřej Škoch
Ondřej Škoch

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Zuzka Homolová

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