Anne Sajdera, pianist, composer, bandleader and accompanist with Czech roots, invites you to join her Trio for a special performance of modern jazz featuring two of Prague’s finest musicians – special guests Miroslav Hloucal, trumpet & Jan Fečo alto sax.
The ensemble will perform original compositions as well as the music of modern jazz masters Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland – at times lyrical, at times angular and always filled with the beauty of rhythm.
This concert will take place on:
Saturday, February 18th
From 8 – 10pm at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland (1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, California, 94612).
To reserve tickets ($20) with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188.
In Anne’s Sajdera own words:
“The inspiration for this concert came after my first visit to Prague, which coincided with the rise of International Jazz Day, the project launched by Herbie Hancock in his role as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialog. It took a few years but the inspiration is finally becoming reality despite the significant hurdles supplied by the visa process. Jan and I originally met in 2014 at Agharta at a show he played there as a bassist in a singer’s band. We spoke for a while after the show and he let me know that he also played alto sax. We exchanged contact information and on the flight home the idea of creating an opportunity for Czech and American jazz artists to collaborate began to take shape in my mind. Bringing Karel Růžička and Ondřej Pivec out from Brooklyn in October of 2015 was kind of the pilot for this idea and this concert coming up on February 18th is the first one where the musicians are coming all the way from Prague. So I would say, it’s in the spirit of Herbie Hancock’s call for intercultural dialog though jazz that this concert comes about. Also, my mother’s side of the family is Czech so this project is particularly close to my heart.”
Miroslav Hloucal is a composer-in-residence for the Czech Radio Big Band and first-call trumpet player in Prague. Find out more about this unique musician: http://www.miroslavhloucal.com.
Jan Fečo is equally fluent as a bass player and an alto sax player – he also plays with the Czech Radio Big Band and we will have the chance to listen to his deep compositions on Feb 18th as well. Read more at: https://www.janfeco.com.
Both Miroslav Hloucal and Jan Fečo will perform one more bonus concert with the big band – The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. This concert will take place on
Sunday, November 19th from 5:30 – 9:30pm at the Doc’s Lab on 124 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, 94133.
Buy tickets ($10) here.
The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra is San Francisco’s own 17 piece big band that plays music composed and arranged by its members, which include some of the very best of the Bay Area’s jazz musicians. The composers and arrangers draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety.