This year sees multi-genre formation Epoque Quartet celebrate its 20-year anniversary. Over that time it has found a solid spot on both the Czech and European music scene, significantly shifting the boundaries of the quartet’s repertoire and presenting itself as a top-notch ensemble invited to collaborate with a whole of musicians from across the music industry.
Some of the most exciting projects include a tour with Dan Bárta and Ilustratosphere, collaboration with the bands Monkey Business, Tatabojs and Clarinet Factory, not to mention concerts and recordings with Michal Pavlíček, Gregory Porter, Lenka Dusilová, Robert Balzar, Dasha, Ondřej Brzobohatý, Tomáš Klus, Kamil Střihavka, Lucie Bílá, Ewa Farna, Gabriela Vermelho on a more classical level, plus Dagmar Pecková, Radek Baborák, Ivan Klánský, Ludmila Peterková and others.
“Epoque Quartet plays Jan Kučera” is a culmination of longstanding collaboration between the composer and the ensemble, and could be described as their most highly praised CD. And then there’s New York born “Flow” featuring Canadian pianist and composer David Braid who EQ toured with in China. “Flow” made its way into the short-list nominations for the prestigious Canadian Juno Award. Last year the formation received its first invitation to perform at the Prague Spring festival. EQ also managed to catch the public’s attention with its performance on popular TV show, Stardance.
Epoque Quartet has toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, USA, Canada, Brazil, China and Japan. They have also given workshops imparting some of their musical wisdom to others in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Brazil and Israel.
- Manhattan Island (Mateusz Smoczynski)
- Senor Mouse (Chick Corea)
- Creation (Jan Kučera)
- Minuano (Pat Metheny)
- EQ 172 (Alexey Aslamas)
- Minor Swing (Django Reinhardt)
- Skylife (David Balakrishnan)
- La Grande Blonde Avec Une Chaussure noire (Vladimir Cosma)
- Adios Nonino, Libertango (Astor Piazzolla)
- Jaco (Pat Metheny)
- David Pokorný, violin
- Vladimír Klánský, violin
- Vladimír Kroupa, viola
- Vít Petrášek, violoncello