central & eastern european culture in the united kingdom

JAREK NOHAVICA

DATE: 21.10.2016
TIME: 19:00
VENUE: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN, United Kingdom

Jarek Nohavica clearly the most popular and most listened-to Czech singer-songwriter.
A star personality of Czech songwriting, a many-talented artists and a highly specific figure in the Czech music scene. He has fully overcome the role of the “martyr of folksinging” from the 1980s, and his popularity has not declined since 1989, but indeed the reverse: as a unique artist pursuing his own path, he has been able to come to terms with the radical post-Communist transformation of folk music within Czech society.
His concerts are often a unique experience for his listeners, as he definitely ranks among those performers who create, while on stage, a kind of gripping mystery. With great expertise, he remains poised between folk music and folklore, truly occupying the role of the bard of his region. Strikingly, he remains different from the generation of Czech folk singers from the 1960s, in that his stylistic orientation tends to look eastwards: using elements of Slavic melody, taking subject matter from a Slavic setting and inspiration from Russian Romantic literature.
Nohavica’s greatest advantage is his rich vocabulary, his ear for the melodic qualities of sung Czech, and for the unique stratifications of linguistic typologies from the most literary diction through slang to vulgarisms. In his verbal expression, what immediately strikes the listener is its force, transparency, strength of rhymes, trenchant aphorisms, yearning for romanticism, simplicity and self-evidence.

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