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Contemporary Czech legend, pianist and composer Emil Viklický, visited China from 17 to 23 September 2012 together with bassist Petr Dvorský and drummer Cyril Zeleňák.
The jazz trio had a very busy schedule: they played in jazz clubs in the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai in southern China and performed at the 7th Beijing Nine Gates Jazz Festival, followed by a workshop for Chinese students of jazz music at the conservatory in Tongzhou. On 21 September, the trio played at the embassy for more than two hundred invited guests.
Emil Viklický introduced his jazz paraphrases based on Moravian folk songs, songs of Leoš Janáček and Julius Zeyer’s symphonic poems. Moravian melodies and their jazz transformation into a live concert literally magnetized the Chinese audience.
The final concert at the embassy was attended by representatives of Chinese cultural circles, the media, government officials, , the diplomatic corps, the Czech community in China, including businessmen and students, Chinese students of Czech language and other friends of the embassy.
Although jazz in China is still not as popular as it deserves, the responses from the Chinese audiences during all the live shows performed by the Emil Viklický Trio were spontaneous and enthusiastic.