Take Five With Petr Zelenka
Meet Petr Zelenka: He has lived in Prague from 1998 and plays with artists including Najponk, Yvonne Sanchez, Miriam Bayle, Petr Dvorsky, David Dorzka, Vojtich Prochazka, Ondrej Otverarek. He performs at jazz festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad (Novosibirsk, Wroclaw), and has accompanied foreign artists including James Zollar, Piotr Baron, Milosz Rutkowski and Macziej Sikala.
In 1999 he receives the First Prize for the best group on the contest Jazz Junior in Usti nad Labem. In 2000 he released Mafiosi (Cube-Metier). In 2003 he moved to Paris where he accompanies artists including Xavier Richardeau and Fabien Mary, playss in the Coda tentet. He played with his trio at the international festival in Trouville-sur-Mer and on tour in the Czech Republic in spring, 2005.
Since 2008 he is back Prague, playing with his Czech quartet, and occasionally with the French one, with which a CD has been released Instrument(s): Teachers and/or influences? I knew I wanted to be a musician when... Your sound and approach to music: Your teaching approach: Your dream band: Favorite venue: Your favorite recording in your discography and why? How do you use the internet to help your career? CDs you are listening to now: Desert Island picks: How would you describe the state of jazz today? What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? What is in the near future?
My great teachers were people I listened to when I started playing music: Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker; and then people I played with: Nelson Veras, David Doruzka, Joel Frahm and others.
I started listening to Jimi Hendrix
I want to create something beautiful when composing or improvising. I search for a natural sound, I would prefer that my music resembles rural life rather than life in a city. But as I have always lived in big cities, my music seems to be rather like yearning for this rural, simple life. A kind of life where music is needed like bread. Folk music. But still it is modern jazz somehow.
Teaching by example. I think something too systematic doesn't work. Students always see just parts, and they create their own system in the meantime. Based on other things than on the rules you explain. They read between the lines all the time. For me, it is important to reveal to them their own personal approach
A lot of them. I would like to make a lot of project with different artist: tabla players, violoncellists, clarinet players...
My dream is to travel and meet a lot of musicians from different countries and cultures with completely different approaches and put them together.
Kladenske divadelko (Kladno, CZ) Schlott (Berlin)
Memory Flash (it is the last one and the sidemen are playing great).
I cannot imagine my musical career without internet. It makes everything much easier and much faster. Everything got simpler when I had my official website where people can download everything they need.
Tatiana Nikolayevna, Schostakovich (Preludes and Fugues);
Bobo Stenson, Cantando
Aaron Parks, Invisible Cinema
McCoy Tyner, The Real McCoy
Paul Motian, On Broadway Vol. 3
Miles Davis, Kind Of Blue
Gustav Mahler, 9th Symphony (Pierre Boulez, Chicago S.O.)
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Melody Mountain
Much more freedom in the fusion and overlapping of genres. Contrary to the fusions of the '70s, which seems to be kind of stiff to me (but still revolutionary of course)
Dynamic jazz scene (able to cooperate with musician from abroad) Places where to play (jazz clubs or festivals) Good financial conditions.
I am composing for a new project.
Shop for jazz:
Teachers and/or influences?
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
Your sound and approach to music:
Your teaching approach:
Your dream band:
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
How do you use the internet to help your career?
CDs you are listening to now:
Desert Island picks:
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
What is in the near future?