Hybrid Sessions #7
Hybrid Sessions is a new monthly series at Kampus Hybernská, the next step after last year’s Sólové series in Skautský Institut. We will feature an improvised duo set with two musicians coming from different backgrounds to form a new constellation. Afterwards, we will host a jam session open to all musicians, regardless of background. We want to create an open environment where musicians feel free to be creative in the moment, nothing is predetermined and the only expectation is a high level of presence. A basic back line will be provided.
Renata Raková- clarinet
David Dorůžka- guitar
Often lauded as one of the leading figures of the Czech jazz scene, David Dorůžka has been active as a professional musician from the age of 14, having played concerts all over the world, collaborated with many of today’s leading musicians, and having spent extensive periods in the cities of New York and Paris. In the past seasons Dorůžka has been busy performing in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland and other countries.
Thirty-nine-year-old David Dorůžka started performing on the Czech jazz scene as a teenager. He studied composition and improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick and George Garzone, and also had an opportunity to learn from musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride. Dorůžka has received three Czech Anděl Awards for Jazz Albums of the Year for his own records (Hidden Paths, 2004; Silently Dawning, 2008; Autumn Tales, 2016); he obtained the same award in 2012 for the album Light Year in collaboration with the quintet Inner Spaces. Dorůžka has performed at numerous prestigious festivals and clubs all over the world and has participated in countless recordings. He has appeared with the likes of George Mraz, Jorge Rossy, Chris Cheek, Arild Andersen, Django Bates, Kendrick Scott, Dan Tepfer, Bill McHenry, Jon Fält, Marcin Wasilewski, Rodney Green, Daniele di Bonaventura, Marta Topferová, Aga Zaryan, the Tiburtina Ensemble, Iva Bittová, Ewa Farna and others to name a few.
Born in Moravia, Czech Republic, clarinetist Renata Rakova (*1987) specializes in contemporary music performance and is also a passionate free-improviser active on the Prague music scene. As classically trained musician, Renata has played through most of traditional clarinet repertoire during her studies at Bard College, USA. She craved to explore other worlds and became a member of the PPCM Ensemble, studying contemporary music in Graz, Austria with the members of ensemble Klangforum Wien. Since then she has performed many world premieres and is the happiest, when she gets a fresh new score. Renata’s festival appearances with contemporary music include Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Impuls festival, Klangspuren Festival or Bard Music Festival, she has worked with ensembles Klangorum Wien, Schallfeld ensemble, Scenatet or Contemporaneous, and in Prague with Berg Orchestra, Prague Modern or Prague Improvisation Orchestra. As a soloist Renata has played with major Czech orchestras or and has performed a world premiere of Harold Farberman’s concerto Triple Play with American Symphony Orchestra. As orchestral player Renata has performed through China, USA and Europe and was part of String Orchestra Seminar, playing in Carnegie Hall, NY, USA. Renata holds degrees from Bard College (clarinet, German studies) and Kunstuni Graz (contemporary music).
Foto copyright Anna Baštýřová.