“Aspen Leaf” by Emil Viklicky
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Cookin' In Bonn (Dekkor) by Emil Viklicky
As pianist Viklicky often performs in international ensembles alongside musicians from the USA and other European countries - with the Lou Blackburn International Quartet and the
Benny Bailey Quintet, for example, and with multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. He has made frequent appearances in Finland (with the Finnczech Quartet and in particular with
Jarmo Sermila) and Norway (with the Czech-Norwegian Big Band and Harald Gundhus) and
has performed in the USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands
(at the North Sea Festival) and elsewhere. The editor of Rolling Stone wrote of Viklicky that
"It was a delightful surprise to see such first-class, top-of-the-line jazz in Prague."
As composer Viklicky has attracted attention abroad primarily for having created a
synthesis of the expressive elements of modern jazz with the melodicism and tonalities of
Moravian folk song that is distinctly individual in contemporary jazz. Besides this,
however, he also composes "straight-ahead" modern jazz as well as chamber and
orchestral works that utilize certain elements of the New Music, and at times his music
requires a combination of classical and jazz performers. He also composes incidental and
film music and has produced scores for several full-length feature films and television
series. Throughout the 1990s he has devoted an increasing amount of time to the
composition of contemporary classical music for a great variety of instrumental
combinations ranging from small chamber ensembles and electronic instruments to
symphony orchestras and choruses. Viklicky's work has gained him quite a number of
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