MUSIC is what I do for living. I'm currently employed as a full time tenured jazz faculty at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Located about an hour West of Asheville, this area is my opportunity to explore my other skills and hobbies, such as photography, recording and mixing.
I'm a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator born in the Czech Republic, but for past eighteen years have claimed residency in the USA. I have played music for over 30 years now. I make a living by teaching music full time. I also perform at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and various jazz venues both in the USA and Europe. I also give clinics, masterclasses, and often teach at summer jazz camps in Europe. In this section you can find quite a few MP3s excerpts as well as complete selections of my original compositions and/or performances. Feel free to explore it anyway you see fit.
Projects My latest project was a US CD release of Jubilee Suite, Live At the Grey Eagle which took place at the Czech Center New York on Manhattan, NY on December 14. I'm currently mixing the six-track audio footage of this event onto a tape, so stay tuned.
My next big project is organization of 12th annual WCU Jazz Festival, which takes place on April 27th, 2013 at Bardo Art Center on campus of Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Our featured artist will be a Grammy Award winner Donny McCaslin, a great tenor saxophonist from New York. He's also agreed to record a few tracks with me in our studio, so I'm in process of composing some music for this session.
Lastly, my latest CD project featuring Joel Frahm (tenor sax), Steve Haines (bass), and Bill Campbell has been mixed and mastered and is ready to be released summer of 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic on New Port Line label. I'm going to have some concerts lined up to promote this, so stay tuned for updated schedule in the near future.
Philosophy By no means I'm a prodigy (thanks God for that one) and therefore everything I have learned has been earned by hard work and desire to create free, independent, and improvised music where one can express inner feelings, which are hard to describe by other means. Music is simply a part of my daily life, and for that I feel truly blessed and very fortunate.
Yes, it's true that being a musician -- a "true creative artist" -- can be rather difficult, but there are huge rewards. I enjoy performing for the public, and I love to feel the exchange of energy between the audience and myself. It's an extraordinary feeling, one which no money can buy. My family is also a great inspiration to my creations. My wife Andrea and our daughters Victoria and Natalia, along with a third one on her way... One can't ask for being more blessed.
Therefore, if you enjoy listening to real music, one which does not serve other purposes such as commercialism, background, dancing, and want to experience something more than just muzak or the repetitive popular cliches continually replayed on nearly every radio and TV station, you might just like what you find on these pages.
Feel free to contact me with your comments or any questions you might have. I wish you all the best!