„Projekt Z does not compromise and tries to go as far as possible. Sometimes agressive, often abstract or experimental, the band runs a risk of loosing its audience.“ (Jacques Prouvost, Belgium)
„Projekt Z is a jump into more progressive waters of the contemporary jazz“. (Literární noviny)
„Very free music with a specific inner order“. (webmagazín Rozhledna)
„Projekt Z presents a high-level form of modern jazz enriched by elements of progressive jazz“. (UNI)
Concerts with Projekt Z in Belgium and Holland
We are preparing a 5-day tour in Belgium and Holland with the band Projekt Z.
Instead of our regular member Marcel Bárta, we invited an austrian saxofonist
Werner Zangerle, who has visited Prague last week and participated at the event
of Improvised music „Improvising Obsessions“.
The concerts will be kindly supported by The Czech Centre in Brussels
For the dates and places go to the section „Concerts“
PROJEKT Z - new CD release
In June, first CD of Projekt Z was released. It features Petr Zelenka on guitar, Rodrigo Parejo on flute, Marcel Bárta on saxophone and Daniel Šoltis on drums. The CD was released by the label Animal Music.
Projekt Z + Rodrigo Parejo tour
From 9th till 15th of April, Petr Zelenka participated at a series of concerts with Zelenka-Parejo-Barker trio at different venues and festivals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The flute player Rodrigo Parejo will join the czech Projekt Z for a tour in June.
Petr Zelenka plays with Prague Modern
Petr Zelenka performed a brand new composition from the czech composer Frantisek Chaloupka with Prague Modern, an ensemble specialized in contemporary music. This was his second experience in this field. In spring 2009 he performed with Prague Modern Jonathan Harvey´s composition „Jubilus“ under the direction of Michel Swierczewski.
New trio: Projekt Z
Petr Zelenka founded a new trio. His bandmates are two outstanding musicians
living in Prague who have been collaborating with him since a couple of years
ago: the saxophonist Marcel Bárta and the drummer Daniel Šoltis.
This band originally came into existence by chance. No bass-player could do a gig so it was decided to play as a bass-less trio. Preparing the repertoire for the gig became a lot of fun and the unusual instrumental setting actually facilitated the creative processes.
Projekt Z plays original music inspired by various sources that span from free-jazz to punk to classical. It could be described as experimental jazz as opposed to traditional jazz or main-stream. Unusual preparations and sounds effects make natural part of the group sound.
You can hear the band in Prague jazz clubs since November 2009. In June, Projekt Z will invite special guest, flute player Rodrigo Parejo (Spain/Netherlands) and will play 7 concerts with him in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. More information in the sections „Concerts“ and „Press Kit“.
Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music
In May, Petr will participate at the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music held in Banff, Canada. The artistic director is the trumpet-player Dave Douglas and the members of the faculty are e.g.: Joshua Redman, Tony Malaby, David Gilmore, Clarence Penn, Matt Penman, Don Byron and other great musicians
a tour with Ondřej Pivec, Joel Frahm, Tomáš Hobzek
Petr will join the band of Ondřej Pivec and Tomáš Hobzek with the great american saxophone player Joel Frahm. They will play together 4 concerts in Czech Republic. Details in the Concerts section
New CD - samples, reviews, etc.
You can finally listen to samples from the new CD „Memory Flash“ in the section Audio and read reviews on it in the section Press Kit. There you can also download the press release. The CD was released on september 1st on the label Animal Music (www.animalmusic.eu). The CD is available worldwide on CD BABY (www.cdbaby.com/cd/petrzelenka) and is distributed in the Czech and Slovak Republics exclusively by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. It can also be ordered in the Animal Music e-shop (www.animalmusic.eu/e-shop)
Jazz in Rudolfinum
a very special three-hour concert called JAZZ IN RUDOLFINUM will take place on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 in Dvorak’s Hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum. This concert will bring together extraordinary jazz musicians from Czech Republic, Slovakia, United States, Poland, Sweden – and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, best of Czech philharmonics, established in 1995 by conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. The concert’s climax is a program called UMIERA PIEKNO by the Polish singer AGA ZARYAN, famous not only in Poland, but throughout the Europe and the USA. UMIERA PIEKNO contains exceptional pieces of the piano player MICHAL TOKAJ, which were composed to go with the poems born during the era of Warsaw Uprising in the Second World War. UMIERA PIEKNO swirled a huge sensation in Poland. Due to demanding conditions on the performance (interconnectedness with the string orchestra), the program takes place only rarely. From the Czech scene, all awardees of the Czech Musical Academy Award „Anděl,“ for the past 5 years will perform. Those will be JAROMIR HONZAK with his Czech-Polish quartet, DAVID DORUZKA together with Swedish singer JOSEFINE LINDSTRAND, VERTIGO QUINTET with DOROTA BAROVA, ONDREJ PIVEC with his guest from the United States, JOEL FRAHM. Also present will be BEATA HLAVENKOVA with LENKA DUSILOVA, LIBOR SMOLDAS TRIO and PETR ZELENKA QUARTET. The conductor of the night will be LEOS SVAROVSKY. The event is organized by Wolf Star Production agency, together with Bon Art Production company. The program was prepared by jazz publishing house ANIMAL MUSIC, which publishes the records of all above named Czech musicians. The tickets are available through TICKETPRO or directly in Rudolfinum.