Melanie Scholtz and Brian Charette: Homeland (ZA/US)
Melanie Scholtz – vocals, Brian Charette – keyboard
The South African vocalist Melanie Scholtz and the prize-winning American multi-instrumentalist Brian Charette are joined in life and music. Each of them is active in a number of their own projects, but they are now meeting on one stage in the electronic duo Homeland, and their spirited interpretation of traditional melodies from around the world naturally reflects the couple’s very different musical foundations and experience.
Brian Charette’s synthesisers and electronic percussion give the music funk and catchy beats. Confidently vocal, Melanie Scholtz captivates with her extraordinary timbre and live looping, but also with the ease with which she switches between South African Xhosa and numerous other languages.
Melanie recently followed her partner to New York. To survive or actually excel among the competition of this metropolis of jazz means to secure the respect of the whole world. Experts are well aware of the couple’s connections to the Czech Republic – they have both conducted numerous tours in the country and have even lived here for a time. And so it is the perfect environment for their joint project. The charismatic Scholtz and the superbly skilled and communicative instrumentalist make an ideal couple, and the stage suits them exceedingly well.
Sisa Michalidesová: Chloe (SK, PL, HU, CZ)
Sisa Michalidesová – flute, vocals, Kornél Fekete-Kovács – trumpet, Piotr Wyleżoł – piano, Fender Rhodes, Tomáš Baroš – double bass, Marian Ševčík – percussion, Peter Preložník – keyboard
Chloe, an album by the composer, flautist, and actress Sisa Michalidesová, won the Esprit for Best Slovak Jazz Album in 2017. The music is inspired by Native Central American myths and legends and allows the musicians to conduct spontaneous interpretive dialogues.
The musical vision of Sisa Michalidesová was influenced both by the music of Richard Wagner and by the search for energy in the philosophy of the controversial thinker and psychotropic experimenter Carlos Castaneda. The compositions exude whirling colours, dynamic and expressive shifts. The record is inspired by Chloe, a character from Michalidesová’s theatre play Silent Rhapsody. The story of the girl fighting for her life originated from Sisa Michalidesová’s 2012 book Sisa a Sivý holub (Sisa and the Grey Dove).
Michalidesová will perform together with eminent Central European musicians – the Polish pianist Piotr Wyleżoł, the Hungarian trumpeter Kornél Fekete Kovács, the Czech-Slovak rhythm-makers Tomáš Baroš and Marian Ševčík, the saxophonist Milo Suchomel, and the keyboardist Peter Preložník.