Strings of Autumn festival changes name to Prague Sounds and announces carefully-curated line-up featuring Nils Frahm, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy and more.
Festival presents a programme of quality music across genres – as evidenced in this year’s programme, which features neoclassical piano/electronica alchemist Nils Frahm, singer Laura Mvula, the all-star Redman/Mehldau/McBride/Blade jazz quartet, acoustic electronica pioneers the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, Makaya McCraven – the jazz/hip-hop drummer known at the ‘beat scientist,’ Grammy-winning American band Snarky Puppy, and a solo recital by mandolin vituoso Chris Thile (of Punch Brothers fame). The programme also includes a special 80th birthday concert for the Czech jazz legend Jiří Stivín.The festival continues to evolve through the relationships between genres ranging from contemporary classical to jazz, hip-hop, and electronica.
This year’s festival will include a floating stage on the Vltava River, where the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will play a festive Concert for Europe directly on the river’s surface. The Concert for Europe will be a celebration of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will feature Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Antonín Dvořák’s Carnival, Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava, and Leoš Janáček’s monumental Glagolitic Mass under the baton of Chief Conductor Semyon Byčkov. The concert will be broadcast to the world by the international TV arte.
Find more information about the festival here.