Emil Viklický: Folky LP re-released for jazz artist’s 75th birthday

Emil Viklický

The renowned Czech jazz pianist and composer Emil Viklický turns 75 on November 23. In connection with that milestone, a folk-based LP he brought out in the early 1990s is being re-released.

Emil Viklický | Photo: Czech Centre Brussels

After earning a degree in maths in Czechoslovakia, Olomouc-born Viklický got into the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the latter half of the 1970s. Since his return to Prague the keyboard maestro has led his own groups and collaborated with a vast number of Czech and international musicians, including guitarist Bill Frissel.

As Viklický prepares to turn 75, the Supraphon label is bringing out a new edition of his album Za horama, za lesama, which was made in 1989 but didn’t come out until two years later.

The record – performed by the Emil Viklický Trio – features eight folk songs and two originals, while the guest artists involved include Iva Bittová.