Sep 24, 2014 7:30 PM
George Mraz/Camilla Mraz Trio
Jazz Concert by bassist George Mraz, pianist Camilla Mraz and drummer Anthony Pinciotti with screening of the film Dance of the Blue Angels by Steve Lichtag with live musical improvisations.
Tickets: $25 www.bohemianbenevolent.org
George Mraz, Camilla Mraz, and Anthony Pinciotti have been developing and exploring the idea and practice of creating live music for several live films. While the movie is screening the trio performs in front of the screen with their largely improvised pieces that follow a few pre-composed themes. The style of the music is comprised of jazz, modern classical, and other genres of music they feel are germane to the artistic and emotional integrity of the film.
In this case the film will be, "Dance of the Blue Angels" by Czech director Steve Lichtag, which follows the absurd and brutal killing of whales by Japanese fishermen. The film, released in 2004, has won first place awards in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, France, Serbia, Italy, and in the US. Steve Lichtag works show much insight into the sad treatment of marine life and his influence goes forward with improving these conditions.
A preformance by the trio, George Mraz, Camilla Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti will precede the film. The music will include some of their originals, some free pieces and some jazz standards.
GEORGE MRAZ, a native of the Czech Republic, was influenced by the jazz broadcasts of Willis Conover on the Voice of America. He attended the Prague Conservatory and was playing jazz throughout Central Europe until 1968, when the Soviets entered Prague, leading him to accept a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has since played and recorded with dozens of artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, and the New York Jazz Quartet. Mr. Mraz also leads his own trio with his wife Camilla.
Bassist George Mraz, pianist Camilla Mraz and drummer Anthony Pinciotti all play and write completely innovative and unique music, which never fails to elicit our deepest feelings, while quietly astounding us with their world class technical resources and inspirational lyricism.
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Sep 24, 2014 7:30 PM
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event