“Life is Just an Accident”

An interesting exhibition that was just brought to our attention yesterday on Jaroslav Jezek, a distinctive and pioneering Czech composer from

Composer Jaroslav Jezek, 1906 Praha - 1942 New York
Composer Jaroslav Jezek, 1906 Praha - 1942 New York

between the wars.  Originally put together for the Czech National Museum in 2006 to mark Jezek’s anniversary, we are fortunate to now have the exhibition touring in the U.S.  There are four main topics of the exhibition include Jezek’s childhood and youth, his work in classical music, his activities associated with the Liberated Theatre, and his life in the U.S.  An addition to the American version of the exhibition will be a new documentary about Jaroslav Jezek made by Czech Television.  Currently you can find this exhibition at the Czech Center in New York.

Jezek worked with Czech legends George Voskovec and Jan Werich, who were also involved in Osvobozene divadlo (Liberated Theatre).  He was innovative in his creation of a modern type of instrumental setting in his works for piano and in his approach to applied genres where he was a founder of the tradition of the modern Czech dance song as well as the political song.  Futhermore, in the field of jazz he could match any of the leading international figures of his day, although sadly he was only recognized abroad after his death in 1942.

We are always looking for Czech activities and exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad so if you have any news, please don’t hesitate to contact the Czech Center Museum Houston at events@czechcenter.org.



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