Tour Europe with Czech Mates Zenkl and Chern

  • Jun 17, 2013

Czech virtuosos Radim Zenkl and Leo Chern will be teaming up on June 29 at Hult Center's Soreng Theater for an evening of European folk music spiced with a healthy kick of inviting joy and humor. Zenkl and Chern were both born in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava, but didn't meet until they arrived in the United States. Zenkl studied classical piano, singing, and guitar, before eventually triumphing as a U.S. champion mandolinist. He rounds off his multi-instrumentalist title by playing a wide range of flutes from around the world. Chern performed with multiple elite Czech classical groups before founding the folk rock band Odpich, which won the Czech National Band Contest three years in a row. Listen to the opening track from their album Europick: Slovak Dance: [audio src=/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/01-Slovak-Dance.mp3] Although no two of their performances are quite the same, expect the duo to perform a variety of eastern European songs that take full advantage of their formidable repertoire of instruments.  Typical is L'Été Indien (Indian Summer), a tune Zenkl learned in 1989 from a gypsy guitar player in Prague. It wasn't until years later that he learned the song had been written in 1975 by French American singer Joe Dassin. Czech Mates begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $21 in advance and can be purchased online through the Hult Center website, charge by phone at 541.682.5000, or by visiting the Bach's Office on 7th and Willamette. Tickets are $28 at the door.

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