The CONCEPT ART ORCHESTRA is a regularly performing Czech big band in which brilliant Czech jazz performers unite under the baton of trumpetist and composer Štěpánka Balcarová. THE PRAGUE SIX album contains first recordings of contemporary compositions by young Czech authors who have formed a group of the same name and who are, for the most part, also members of the big band. The expansive, well thought-out, and original compositions which lie at the border of jazz and classical music make use of the orchestra’s wide-ranged music expressivity and perfect interplay while also foregrounding the improvisation skills of its individual members.

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Personnel and sound


Štěpánka Balcarová – conductor

David Fárek, Petr Kalfus, Marcel Bárta, Luboš Soukup, Robert Mitrega – saxophones, clarinets, flutes
Stanislav Zeman, Roman Němec, Oskar Török, Jan Přibil – trumpets, flugelhorns
Jan Jirucha, Štěpán Janoušek, Richard Šanda, Johannes Oppel – trombones
Vít Křišťan – piano
Petr Dvorský – acoustic bass
Kamil Slezák – drums

Dorota Barová – vocals
Jiří Šimek – electric guitar
Ondřej Hauser – electric bass



Recorded by Milan Cimfe at Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ
Edited and pre-mixed by Filip Jelínek at Sound 33, Prague/CZ
Mixed by Milan Cimfe a Filip Jelínek at Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ
Mastered by Pavel Karlík at Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ