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Emil Viklický (2012)

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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".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 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"
         
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