Radek Baborák releases his new album called “Orquestrina”

04/11/2014
Radek Baborák – Orquestrina

Radek Baborák, who ranks without doubt amongst the top French horn players, releases his new album called “Orquestrina” containing compositions by well (Astor Piazzolla, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel) as well as less known (Lev Kogan, Corrado Saglietti) composers, all inspired by dance and its forms. The album release shall be celebrated by the unique performance by Baborák and his Orquestrina Ensemble at Prague´s Domovina on Friday 14th November 2014 at 8pm. The entrance is free until the capacity of the hall is reached.

Pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková releases the album “Theodoros”

29/10/2013
Beata Hlavenková – Theodoros

Pianist and composer BEATA HLAVENKOVÁ, one of the leading persons at Czech jazz and alternative music scene, has just released THEODOROS, her new album of outstanding qualities, made of her own twelve compositions, named after months in a year. The composer is here the only performer. The compositions use the piano as a solo instrument as well as in multiple layers. THEODOROS is made rather of intimate compositions, Beata Hlavenkova has been inspired by the form of a song and its simplicity. The album was recorded at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, mixed at Sono Records by Milan Cimfe and mastered by Tony Cousins at London´s Metropolis Mastering. THEODOROS will also be released on vinyl by Minority Records during November 2013.

Animal Music releases an eponymous album by CPR Electrio

15/07/2013
CPR Electrio

Animal Music releases an eponymous album by CPR Electrio by means of which two jazz “emigrants” currently living in NYC return symbolically home – organist Ondřej Pivec and saxophonist Karel Růžička Jr. The third member of the Trio is NYC based drummer Russell Carter. CPR Electrio plays groovy music that mixes influence by dance music, r´n´b and funk music and the musicians alternate acoustic (B-3 organ, fender piano, saxophones and drums) with electric instruments (synths, EWI, drum pads). Dance music played by hands that brings joy and life energy.

Pianist Vít Křišťan´s debut album “Imprints” has just been released

31/05/2013
Vít Křišťan – Imprints

Pianist Vít Křišťan´s debut album “Imprints” has just been released by Animal Music, shortly after Křišťan as a member of jazz quintet Inner Spaces was awarded by Angel prize for the best jazz album for their album Light Year released by Animal Music in 2012 and after he participated in recording Jaromír Honzák´s album Blood Sings made of Suzanne Vega´s covers, nominated for the same award. Křišťan is joined here by bassist Jaromír Honzák, drummer Roman Vícha, trumpetist Oskar Török, Polish guitarist Marek Kądziela and Polish singer Agnieszka Twardoch. The release party shall take place at Prague´s Jazz Dock on Monday 3rd June 2013.

Marta Töpferová a Tomáš Liška release the album “Milokraj”

18/03/2013
Marta Töpferová & Tomáš Liška – Milokraj

Animal Music has released the album by singer Marta Töpferová and bassist Tomáš Liška, called “Milokraj” that contains composition co-penned by both soloists, inspired not only by Moravian and Czech folk music. They recorded the album with guitarists David Dorůžka, violinist Stano Palůch and virtuoso cimbalom player Marcel Comendant. Töpferová and Liška on their way to MILOKRAJ (= Beloved Land) are searching for their personal and musical identity, for the dreamed-of home inside their own hearts.

Inner Spaces released jazz album of the year 2012

14/03/2013
Cena Anděl

Album “Light Year” by Inner Spaces and David Dorůžka, released in October 2012, has been awarded an Angel Award as a best album of 2012 in jazz and blues category. Remaining two nominatios in this category were also released by Animal Music.

Albums released by Animal Music hold all three nominations in “jazz and blues” category of Angel Awards 2012

20/02/2013
Cena Anděl

Nominated are: “Blood Sings” by Jaromír Honzák feat. Sissel Vera Pettersen, “Light Year” by Inner Spaces feat. David Dorůžka and “The Real Deal” by Najponk with Jaromír Honzák and Matt Fishwick. Iva Bittová was nominated in the main “female vocalist” category for her album “Zvon”. The winners will be announced at the beginning of March 2013.

Jaromík Honzák releases the album “Blood Sings” featuring Norwegian vocalist Sissel Vera Pettersen

Jaromír Honzák – Blood Sings

Animal Music has just released the new CD by bassist Jaromír Honzák called “Blood Sings” which contains his own characteristic arrangements of Suzanne Vega´s songs. The album was recorded with Norwegian vocalist Sissel Vera Pettersen, Polish drummer Łukasz Żyta, young pianist Vít Křišťan (whose debut album featuring Jaromír Honzák and Roman Vícha on drums) will be released by Animal Music later this year) and guitarist Josef Štěpánek.

Iva Bittová releases the album “Zvon”

Iva Bittová – Zvon

On 23rd November 2012 Animal Music (in co-production with Supraphon) releases new CD by Iva Bittová entitled “Zvon” (The Bell). The album contains orchestral arrangements of famous compositions from Iva Bittová´s reper­toire and has been recorded with Prague Philharmonia, one of the best European chamber orchestras and many guests. Orchestrations were created by Petr Ostrouchov and Beata Hlavenková.

Inner Spaces release the album recorded with David Dorůžka

Inner Spaces & David Dorůžka – Light Year

Czech-Polish quintet (this time featuring famous David Doruzka on guitar as the sixth member) are releasing their second album entitled “Light Year” on Animal Music label in October 2012. The music combines influences and experiences that the players got while studying at universities abroad (Poland, Denmark, Austria) and brings real contemporary music of the young and progressive generation. The release party takes place in Prague´s Jazz Dock on 25th October.

Releases in 2012

Animal Music 2012 releases so far include Steve Walsh´s “Daily Specials” released in January and including Steve´s great music as well as covers performed by this Nashville and New York based guitarist and producer in collaboration with Czech lineup of sidemen (Jan Korinek on hammonds, Daniel Soltis on drums and Tomas Liska on double bass), debut album of famous Czech band Eternal Seekers originally released in 2008 and now reissued with bonus recording and new cover and Najponk´s colla­boration with UK drummer Matt Fishwick and famous Czech bassist Jaromir Honzak entitled “The Real Deal” – in this release Najponk is giving another evidence that no one can swing the piano in old standards like he can. Another three releases will follow in autumn 2012.

Angel Award goes again to Animal Music

Czech Academy of Popular Music has awarded Animal Music release for the fifth time in a row since the Animal Music launched its activities in 2007 – this time Angel 2011 in “Jazz and blues” category goes to Vertigo for their fabulous album “Metamorphosis”. Nominations also included another Animal Music release – Face of the Bass eponymous album.

Animal Music worldwide distribution

All Animal Music CDs are now distributed worldwide by Supraphon (www.supraphon.cz) and its partners abroad and are also available digitally on iTunes, www.supraphonline.cz and many another digital platforms.