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Flair

Ensemble FLAIR

Because of the typical instrumental setting and the presence of the female singer, it is clear the Ensemble FLAIR has its roots in the Moravian folk tradition. Here in Moravia all members of Flair were born, here they live and from here they present their musical expression to the world.

The musical language of FLAIR expresses a symbiosis between folk music and classical music. The fact there will be no changes in the musicians of FLAIR, will lead into a well-sounding and well-singing FLAIR. With a little of Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók, the heritage of Carpathian folk musicians, the Gypsy music from Bucharest and Budapest and last but not least, compositions of Flair´s artistic leader, Jan Rokyta.

After a succesfull start in the concert serie of Czech Radio Ostrava in November 2014, FLAIR won the prestigious 1st prize in the international EBU competition „GRAND PRIX OF SVETOZÁR STRAČINA 2015” for the arrangement and interpretation of the Moravian folk song “Ej, lásko, lásko”. Short after, FLAIR has recorded its first album „From the Springs ...more

Because of the typical instrumental setting and the presence of the female singer, it is clear the Ensemble FLAIR has its roots in the Moravian folk tradition. Here in Moravia all members of Flair were born, here they live and from here they present their musical expression to the world.

The musical language of FLAIR expresses a symbiosis between folk music and classical music. The fact there will be no changes in the musicians of FLAIR, will lead into a well-sounding and well-singing FLAIR. With a little of Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók, the heritage of Carpathian folk musicians, the Gypsy music from Bucharest and Budapest and last but not least, compositions of Flair´s artistic leader, Jan Rokyta.

After a succesfull start in the concert serie of Czech Radio Ostrava in November 2014, FLAIR won the prestigious 1st prize in the international EBU competition „GRAND PRIX OF SVETOZÁR STRAČINA 2015” for the arrangement and interpretation of the Moravian folk song “Ej, lásko, lásko”. Short after, FLAIR has recorded its first album „From the Springs to the Sea...” (Indies Happy Trails). Further in 2016, FLAIR took a prominent part on the profile CD of its solo-singer Klára Blažková, „In the Lap of Mountains Homeland” (Indies Happy Trails). This CD has got many positive reviews, f.e. in the music magazine "Rock & All". In November 2016, Ensemble FLAIR took part on the International Music Festival MUSICA PURA in the cross-over interpretation of Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs together with the world-known Czech opera soprano Martina Janková and famous Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek.

Poetic creations of multi-genre band FLAIR can generally attribute to its individual members as follows:
The colorful and versatile voice of Klára Blažková oscillates between the Wallachian folklore festival, renowned classical scene and nightclub somewhere in Romania, the violin of Petr Vala turns simple - but even harder - straight notes without vibrato with sixteenth notes of incredible speed, the clarinet of Jiří Pivovarčík laments of an Eastern European soul or twitter in a Hungarian way, Jiří Pospěch is sometimes a viola fiddler, then again a classical viola soloist with a honey-like sound, double bass player Lukáš Švajda switches between music timbres from a purely Roma over a fast quaver accompaniment to the "bowed" solo´s, dangerously close to the bridge or even beyond. And finally: the artistic leader Jan Rokyta remains not only cimbalom and occasionally other musical (mainly brass) instruments, but also concern (but mostly pleasure) to write arrangements and compositions for FLAIR. He does so not only for the pleasure of his singer and musicians of FLAIR, but also to the delight of all Flair´s listeners and fans whose heart FLAIR during its brief existence gained and even more gains.

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~ Members ~

JAN ROKYTA (1969)

JAN ROKYTA (1969)

cimbalom - artistic leader

Jan Rokyta studied to play the cimbalom with Ludmila Dadakova at the Conservatory of Music in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the recorder with Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts at the Sweelinck Academy of Music in Amsterdam. He has played with, among others, the Cimbalom band Technik in Ostrava (Czech Republic), which was founded in 1958 by his father, Jan Rokyta sr. In addition he was a regular guest of the OĽUN Radio Bratislava and Brno Radio Orchestra of folk instruments (BROLN).

In the field of contemporary classical music Jan Rokyta cooperated with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio Bratislava and later in the Netherlands with ASKO-Schönberg Ensemble, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Het Nieuw Ensemble, Concertgebouworkest and Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Recently, he is also a frequent guest of philharmonic and chamber orchestras in Germany and Austria (eg. Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Klangforum and Radio-Symfonieorchester Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart).

In the field of world folklore Jan Rokyta gained rich experi...more

cimbalom - artistic leader

Jan Rokyta studied to play the cimbalom with Ludmila Dadakova at the Conservatory of Music in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the recorder with Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts at the Sweelinck Academy of Music in Amsterdam. He has played with, among others, the Cimbalom band Technik in Ostrava (Czech Republic), which was founded in 1958 by his father, Jan Rokyta sr. In addition he was a regular guest of the OĽUN Radio Bratislava and Brno Radio Orchestra of folk instruments (BROLN).

In the field of contemporary classical music Jan Rokyta cooperated with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio Bratislava and later in the Netherlands with ASKO-Schönberg Ensemble, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Het Nieuw Ensemble, Concertgebouworkest and Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Recently, he is also a frequent guest of philharmonic and chamber orchestras in Germany and Austria (eg. Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Klangforum and Radio-Symfonieorchester Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart).

In the field of world folklore Jan Rokyta gained rich experiences in the International Dance Theatre Orchestra in Amsterdam, where he worked from 1995-2002 as a soloist and instrumental music implementer and as a music director of the orchestra in 2007-2008 season. The cooperation with Jewish singer Shura Lipovsky in 2004 was crowned participation in the international festivals of Jewish music in Krakow, Weimar and Amsterdam.

Along with his wife Liselotte Rokyta created Jan Rokyta an unusual instrumental combination of panflute and cimbalom. Together they offer a concert program including folk music of Eastern Europe, as well as the transcriptions and original compositions for panflute and cimbalom. Jan Rokyta began professionally devote to study of wine parallel with career as a professional musician, by the study at the Dutch Wine Academy in 2003-2004. After graduating the academy he became a qualified "Viticulturist" and since 2006 he studied further at the British organization WINE AND SPIRIT EDUCATION TRUST, where he graduated fourth degree "Diploma Course" in 2009 and he became a full member of this organization (AIWS - Associated Member Institue Wine and Spirit). In early 2010, successfully graduated WSET course lecturers in London and he became a certified teacher of the organization (WSET Certified Educator). In the same year he gained the title "Weinakademiker of Austrian Wine Academy in Rust", because of the defense of his thesis about the export potential of Moravian wines. Jan Rokyta has taught at the Prague Wine Academy since 2011 and he has engaged in consulting activities for Moravian wine growers.

Jan Rokyta is a five-time finalist of the Dutch tasting competition "Prix Pommery" and after the 2nd place in 2006 he became the laureate of the competition in 2009 and "The Netherlands Viticulturist of the Year 2010".

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KLÁRA BLAŽKOVÁ (1986)

KLÁRA BLAŽKOVÁ (1986)

vocal

JIŘÍ PIVOVARČÍK (1971)

JIŘÍ PIVOVARČÍK (1971)

clarinet

PETR VALA (1990)

PETR VALA (1990)

violin

LUKÁŠ ŠVAJDA (1989)

LUKÁŠ ŠVAJDA (1989)

double bass

JIŘÍ POSPĚCH (1988)

JIŘÍ POSPĚCH (1988)

viola