The Prague Sounds music festival is set to kick off on Tuesday, ushering in more than two weeks of performances, with concerts ranging from classic jazz to hip-hop. On the eve of the event – formerly known as Strings of Autumn – I spoke with head programmer, Guy Borg.
“We’re now in our 27th year, and we are happy to be considered one of the premier festivals here in Prague. Our approach to programming is quite eclectic, and we tend to not worry too much about genre distinctions, and try to illuminate relationships between genres. For example in this year’s program, we have everything from electronic music, to hip-hop, to jazz, and contemporary classical music.”
I’m curious where you get your sources of inspiration from for the programming of the festival?
“We are all super passionate about music at the festival, and our music tastes are quite diverse, just like the festival programming. We often try to choose artists whose concepts we feel shed interesting light on the other concerts around them in the programming. For instance, this year we have jazz legend Ron Carter, the bassist who played with Miles Davis, and he is performing on his last European tour, so it’s a fairly big event. On the other end of the spectrum, we have a British rapper called Kofi Stone who is just starting out and has a great future ahead of him.”
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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt