|Emil Viklický (2012)|
|Emil Viklický was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, in the years following the end of World War II, and began playing piano at a very young age.
Emil graduated in Mathematics from Palacký University, but had spent much of his time there playing piano. He began winning prizes, not only for his performances, but also for his composition, and in 1977 he won a scholarship to study composition with Herb Pomeroy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
From his home base in Prague, Emil now travels, plays, and lectures around the world. He has become well known for his unique synthesis of the melodies and tonalities of the Moravian folk tradition with modern jazz: most of us outside Europe were introduced to Emil via the recording "Morava" by his fellow Czech George Mraz.
Emil also composes for film, and has produced scores for several full-length films and TV projects. In 2004, Doug Ramsey wrote in "Jazz Times" that Emil is "one of the best contemporary pianists".
|# 1||Herbie Hancock||Speak Like a Child||First Trip||Blue Note|
|# 2||Bill Evans||At the Montreux Jazz Festival||Nardis||Verve|
|# 3||Emil Viklický||Sinfonietta: The Janácek of Jazz||In the Mist||Venus|
|# 4||George Mraz||Morava||Desire||Milestone|
|# 5||Emil Viklický||Cookin' at Bonn||Wine, Oh, Wine||Dekkor|
|# 6||Keith Jarrett||Standards in Norway||All of You||ECM|
|# 7||Jon Faddis||Tribute to Miles||Autumn Leaves||Multisonic|
|Book||Works by Haruki Murakami; also John Le Carré, "Our Kind of Traitor"|
Ron E. Beck