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Jan 29, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

A benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims featuring music by Marta Topferova, Gary Lucas and Lucia Pulido

Friday, January 29 at 7pm, Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10021



Friday, January 29 at 7pm


Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021


The Czech Republic and Friends









more to be added


Suggested donation $20.00


All proceeds will be contributed to Haiti relief work through the Red Cross.


Czech beer and delicatessen at the bar by Zlata Praha Restaurant. Part of the proceeds from the bar will also go to the charity.


Marta Topferova

Marta Topferova’s new album illustrates why The London Times has called her “one of the most graceful interpreters of Latin American folk music". Recorded in Prague after a tour with her New York ensemble, “Trova” (The Troubadour Tradition), is a culmination of Martas love of styles such as the Cuban son and Puerto Rican bomba. Comprised of eight original and three traditional pieces, and featuring a stunning array of Cuban tres, Venezuelan cuatro, violin, bass, percussion and tight vocal harmonies, Trova is Martas liveliest release to date.

A daughter of Czech actors, Marta grew up around the theater, moving from city to city with her parents behind the iron curtain. At age eleven, she immigrated to the U.S. with her mother and sister. "I was cut off from my own culture ... so starting my life over in America, I felt most drawn to the diversity of this country, the immigrants.”

During her adolescence in her new surroundings, Marta came to feel a great affinity with the Spanish language and a deep fondness for Latin music and culture, and became fluent in Spanish, her third language after Czech and English. Simultaneously, she found something essential: an anchor in music.

For eight years, between the ages of eight and fifteen, Marta performed and recorded a wide range of works by composers such as Brahms, Poulenc, Haydn, and Pergolesi with Pragueʼs Mládí choir and The Seattle Girls Choir. Subsequently, her calling directed her to a passionate study of Latin American song forms, taking voice, guitar and dance lessons, including a six-month stay in Spain. Her talent continued to blossom, and since her arrival to New York City in 1996, Martas music rapidly developed into a remarkable mix of Latin American folklore with undeniable hints of her eastern European heritage.

Called by the BBC as “a leading light of the nueva canción movement of today”, Martaʼs elegant and profound voice has enchanted fans worldwide for over a decade.


For more information go to www.martatopferova.com



 Gary Lucas

A world class guitar hero, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with over 20 acclaimed solo albums to date, and a soundtrack composer for film and television, GARY LUCAS is on the move in 2009. He was just cited as one of the "100 Greatest Living Guitarists" in Classic Rock magazine (UK). His latest album, a collaboration with Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar, is currently #4 on the World Music Charts Europe. Gary has performed This summer Gary sold-out the Holland Festival in Amsterdam 2 nights running with a new silent film score he performed live, made his performing debut in South Korea and Latin America (he has toured in 40 countries), recorded a new album with legendary Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham in Bogota Colombia, and rocked festivals in France, Brazil and Spain.


Gary Lucas tours the world relentlessly both solo and with several different ensembles, including his longtime band Gods and Monsters, whose ranks once included the late singer Jeff Buckley. Gary co-wrote two of Jeff Buckley's most famous hits, "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", which later became the title track and the opening track on Jeff's double platinum Sony album "Grace"—which MOJO magazine recently named the #1 Modern Classic Rock Album. Gary and Jeff's early collaborations can also be heard on the Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas album "Songs to No One", which charted internationally with worldwide sales approaching 100,000. Other notable Lucas releases include the soon-to-be reissued "The Edge of Heaven", an album of Gary Lucas' lush arrangements of classic 1930's Chinese pop songs, which was #1 on the World Music charts and received rave reviews around the world from Rolling Stone to the Hong Kong Music Weekly. Gary's compilation of the best of his early band and solo work entitled "Operators are Standing By" garnered a 4-star MOJO review: "This album confirms Gary Lucas as THE psychedelic guitarist for the post-modern set." Most of Gary's extensive back catalog as well as his current releases were recently licensed for digital distribution by IODA, and are now available on iTunes and on digital portals worldwide.


For more information go to www.garylucas.com

Lucia Pulido

Lucia Pulido is Columbian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today. She has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, experimental style.

The New York Times says, “Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context”. The richness can be seen in her different ensembles and repertoires.


For more information go to www.luciapulido.com


Organized by the Czech Center New York/Bohemian National Hall in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in NY, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN,  Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, and with kindly support of American Friends of the Czech Republic.



321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Jan 29, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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