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8 January 2015

Předvánoční tančírna

And again we are heading towards the light....

Thanks to all of you who came to celebrate the Solstice with us.
Unill the last moment I had more or less reckoned you won't have the time...

How pleasant is to be wrong sometimes!

The board of Baračnicka Rychta was full. Amazing! I am sure several of you had taken a video of the concert. If you are convinced the material is worth to be presented, just let us know...

The organic dance party is going to roll on again! Ideally every month...

Thanks to all, who had helped to make things move in the last year. I am sure you have enjoyed the end of the year and I am wishing you all the best in the New one....

And what is new in 2015?

We are preparing an opera L2, bit by bit I am discovering the possibilities of didgeridoo in the world of classical music...

The audiobook "Dědeček OGE" (Grandpa OGE) has been successfully finished (you will get to know more about it by the Eminent publishing house soon, or from the author Pavlína Brzáková)

We are ENJOYING the Organic dance parties with Pavel! If you have an idea where to make another party, do not hesitate to contact us!!! (Now, according to your feedback, we are preparing gigs in Znojmo, Rožnov and Břeclav)

The next expedition to Australia is being prepared. If there is anyone who would love to have an eucalyptus didgeridoo, let me know and we can discuss the possibilities....

Ondrej Smeykal

 

29 August 2014

Oneness

New album "ONENESS" 

New album "ONENESS"
Finally here...

A fifty minute long dive into the depthsof the giant gongs of Bear Love and the didgeridoos of Ondrej Smeykal.

The birth of this album was particulary tense...
After the one month long tour through the czech lands we had planned the recording in the chapel of the Lipnice castle. Almost at the spot we found out that our biggest instrument won't fit in the door.

And so the recording moved into the baroque chapel of Pacov.

The visuals of the CD are made of my own drawings which were influenced by the new record.

The album was baptised by Jaroslav Dušek in the Vidov quarry.


The CD is currently going to be offered only at the concerts within The Journey 2014 tour. After the tour the album will be available for an online purchase. You can already PREORDER it NOW in the ESHOP

 

 

 

7 July 2014

Výprava 2013 - Pacov

Individual gong sessions with "The Journey" tour members 2014

The Journey tour is slowly approaching the Czech republic...
Our extensive pilgrimage is going to have a few longer stops on a several places at which we are going to offer the individual gong sessions.

On a bed or standing up, you will have the chance to let the vibrations of the instruments to enter your whole body. A 50 minute long session is devoted for individuals or, after a phone agreement, small groups who are interested in a deep dive into a the giant gong's and didgeridoo's sound stream.

You are warmly welcome.

At these particular locations it is possible to book the session:

21-23/8 baroque chapel Pacov
contact: Jana Hrušková infopacov@centrum.cz 608 302 065

8/9 and 9/9 the church of St. Michal, Znojmo
contact: Edita Hornová hornova.e@gmail.com 739 991 828

   

24 April 2014

Bruce Rogers

... back in Europe

In the memory, there seems like no difference between the original idea to go to Australia and the remembrance, that it already happened...like a colorful dream....

...but certainly with plenty of rich moments. For example the musical encounter with Martin Atkins, another australian didgeridoo scene's bard. Mark truely belongs to the first wave of aboriginal artists who started to experiment with didgeridoo. He can take pride in playing together with the legendary Led Zeppelin as a didgeridoo player (many musician can not say this about themselves)

I spent the last days in the company of Bruce Rogers. The southaustralian artist who engages himself both with playing and instruments production. Bruce is an envrinomentalist, he tries his activities to have the smallest impact on the environment as possible.

He's been devoted to the instruments production for many years, he is best known for using only hand "non electronic" tools to create a didgeridoo. He is very precise.

Bruce is going to attend this year's "Didgeridoo v jeskyni" (Didgeridoo in cave) festival where he is also going to lecture his own workshop. There you can create your own didgeridoo. Bruce is going to bring mature, bite-out eucalyptus trunks, which, lead by himself, you can turn into an instrument.

I have seen Bruce's instruments on many places and I have to say he has sigificantly developed. Mainly within more and more precise choice of quality, evenly bite-out eucalyptus trunks which is the crucial step in eucalyptus didgeridoo. Such material can be turned into a concert instrument.

And that you'll be able to consider for yourselves.
Those ones of you who would like to experience it and would like to have their own self made instrument from termites bite-out eucalyptus will get one from Bruce who will pre-choose it for each one of you. I will update the info about the workhop later. There is definitely something to look forward to in this year's "Didgeridoo v jeskyni" festival.

   

12 March 2014

Sváteční pop Ondřejovo

Before the departure to Australia...

Thanks to everyone who attended the Sunday's night dancing party. The venue was new to everyone. I liked it that much that after more than 3 hours playing set I decided to stay over night :)
It was that dancing whirl which we created, it had puled pleasantly until late night.

At the end of the show we agreed it would have been nice to realize something simillar outside, and maybe for the whole night. To play, and let the didgeridoo breath flow. For sure we are going to do that.

The last winter weeks have also been filled with recording. Svatecni pop band has finally prepared the new material in studio, the song are truely tributary to the band's name. We have entered various genre corners, from greek folk songs to dark Carpathians, french chanson or sunny Carribean, into the heart of ambient or electronic pop world. .... well, who will listen to the album until the very end with a taste has got my compliment.

Very different was the studio work for the dance school of Petr Čadek on setting the story of Maugli into music. Working together with Martin Kumžák and Pavel Plánka there emerged unusually communicative cooperation. It is not common, especially when working on a certain assignment. But then it really worked out. During the recording I have turned into tiger, elephant, parrot, monkey or bear...

Before my departure to Australia I would like to invite you to the Visita play with Jaroslav Dušek in the Archa theatre. Jaroslav will just return from Australia and I will setting off there.

Coming soon:
The Journey 2014 (Výprava 2014) with Bear Love and his giant golden gong is coming. If there is someone who knows about an acoustically interesting place to where he would like to invite us, please, let us know, the venues are being arrange right now...
This year we are inviting a very special guest. Flute player and an indian flutes makes Andrew Begay, a northamerican indian from the Navaho tribe.
He will also teach us to play flute, we will organize a workshop and the attendants will be able to create their own flute...


 

 

1 January 2014

RetroBLUE

Wishing you all a good set off to 2014!

And we go on.
Thanks for the support to all of you who came to Bethlehem Chapel.
At the end of the year we have danced together at the new Organic Dancing Party and together with the painter Habl we tried a new evening dedicated to live painting. Now I'm preparing for the common winter workshops, but also for the recordings the with drummer Pavel Planka, it will be entirely rhythmical ride. Also the recording with Bear Love and his giant gong is going to be completed and christen it at the next "Výprava" 2014 this summer. We are finishing a presentation of the new solo cd, it will be also available in our eshop. The forthcoming February Tea Chiming dates fills beautifully, the tea of Jiří Melzer usually keeps me afloat all winter... I look forward to relishing it together .... Enjoy the winter.

 

  

17 December 2013

RetroBLUE

One flew over the Advent

The date of the concert in the Bethlehem chapel is getting closer and I am getting busy with the production of the new album. You know it, the best motivation is the upcoming deadline.

After a very long time I've enjoyed the rampage of Svatecni Pop an Archa theatre. It is a feast for me, I enjoy the connection of music with the visual and move. Unfortunatelly, I lack both in my solo performance. Mostly I only close my eyes, breathe in and play....

Another very charged event was featuring Gary Lucas' concert. /Also release on the CD Ghosts of Prague/
Gary Lucas is a real bard. When I was listening to his sonic balads during the rehearsals and concert, whether they were accoustic or electric guitar riffs which he played solo or previously with Cpt. Beefheart or Jeff Buckley, I had a feeling that I heard and melt into the whole musical era, crystalized in the form of a hat topped charismatic figure chasing after the strings...

A practival invitation for those ones who wanted to come to the new album's release party in the Bethlehem chappel but haven't been successful due to the sold out capacity...

I've prepared the first night of the organic dancing party for the 28th December. Together with the drummer Pavel Planka we are going to, as we like it, improvize and rhytmically sail through our rhythm waters...
Friends have asked us to regularly preform really dynamic, organic dancing eves, on a cosy, smoking-free places, without bars, where you could dance barefoot for at least 2 or 3 hours...
And so we begin.
28 Dec - Organic dancing Party. Come to dance.

27 Dec we are prapring another interesting encounter with the visual seizing of my performances. It's called Revealing.

But there will come a separate text about this event...

Looking forward!

 

  

9 December 2013

Tony caje - lebka


Tea chiming

For the friends of ambient music and the lovers of excellent tea I am offering how to combine both.

Together with a longtime friend and a tea expert Jiri Melzer /DE we welcome you to the tea tasting, which I will accompany by playing didgeridoo and other bronze resonance instruments..

Jiri Melzer, besides the standard tea production, deals with very fine and selected tea, and whether it is oolong, green or black tea, his offer belongs to the best quality one I have ever tasted /and some tea of his selection already accompanies me on my travels.../.

One of his specialities is eg. pu erh, tea from a five hundred (an more!) years old primeval forest trees.

Musical tea evening is intended for max. 15 people, to enjoy the evening and so everyone is able to ask questions. (Of course, the tea will be available for purchase).

During the evening we are going to taste circa 4 - 5 exceptional teas, to each one of them an ambient music will be played. I look forward to the common tea dive!

The dates and places will be announced soon!
1st date: Sunday 23 February, 2014, Dajana centre, Prague

 

  

7 November 2013

Betlémská kaple uvnitř


Several news...

... I attach here for everyone an electronic invitation and a poster for the release party of the new album and the pre-christmas concert for being spread..
I've been to the chappel again today. To look around, sit. It is quite majestic... It is nicely warm inside and the chairs don't SQUEAK...
I already look forward to enjoy the chappel with you.

There is a new course in the EDUCATION section. If there is anyone who would welcome a gift version of the coupon for the workshop which could be given as a present, let me know...
(I am also up to prepare a workshop for advanced students, but I still can't find a suitable date)

I have played at the release party of the new Augustina Mosca album in Paris. It is a lovely album devoted to the sea...(an inspirational theme). It was an intimate and immersive concert. Keep it up, Agu. Her CD is available on her website. Recommended.

Before setting off to Rotterdam I work on the new CD cover. Having a reason to create some product these days, one must feel the whole thing has got some inner power. (So in between all the online shopping and mp3s, people have a reason to notice this product...) It is an interesting process. I hope the cover will please you...

 

  

21 October 2013

Betlémská kaple uvnitř


Pre Christmas concert and a new album release 2013

Dear friends and didgeridoo fans, I would like to invite you to a very special evening on the 20th December 2013.
Within the almost traditional pre-Christmas concert I will release my new solo album. I cordially invite you all to this event.

As always, I would like to welcome you in a beautiful new space. Now it is the Bethlehem Chapel on the Betlémské náměstí, Prague 1. The new album's godfather will be Jaroslav Dušek. As a special guest there will perform a songwriter and the lady of the czech guitar experiment Dáša Andrtová Voňková. Other guest are kept in secret for now.

Another part of the concert will be exhibited instruments and artwork of Bořek Šípek, czech designer and architect. We have created several wonderful instruments together which will beautify the chapel and amend the evening by a visual experience.

The concert is going to start at 20:12 (how else?), to the ticket will also belong the new album. The advance booking is available on the internet, U Džoudyho bookstore and also on the spot. (Ticket price: presale - 420 CZK, on the spot - 480 CZK)

You can order the tickets here: jiri(at)heller.cz

I look forward to the common evening!

 

  

19 October 2013

Didgeridoo na prodej

Didgeridoo for sale


I've owned these instruments already for several years, they belong mostly to the early time period, some of them we used in the band Wooden Toys.

The stock of instruments has expanded again, therefore I decided to part with some of them. They are no bad... their

advantage is that they have been played for years and therefore they have shown all of their "bugs" regarding the wood bending by getting wet while being played.
They are bloodwood and stringybark eucalyptus from the 1997-1998, the Djalu yidaki come from 2006.

I would recommend these instruments to those, who want to enrich their collection by an instrument made by eucalyptus, to enrich their sound register, or to those who look for a nice personal instrument.

Each one of these instrument is specific.

To test the instrument I would like to arrange a meeting with all the serious applicants.
The price oscilates between 360 and 250 EUR.
Tuning: (E, G sharp, C sharp) - must be tested, each player has his own mouth press by which the tone pitch changes

Photos of 4 instruments for sale

Contact: hornova.e(at)gmail.com

 

 

8 October 2013

Výprava 2013 - Pacov

The recording of a new solo album is interpaced by several interesting stories

One of them has already passed, it was a meeting with Clemens Kuby, a common performance with Jaroslav Dušek and Kuby within his lecture in the Ostrava's cultural centre "Cooltour".

The meeting was a success. One of its purposes was also to prepare an opera, which I will musically participate on. The opera is being written on Clemens' book "Unterwegs in die nächste Dimension". I recommend to read this book, in places its not very fast reading, but the experience the book invokes is very rich. Bear LOVE will be also participating musically. I like a lot his work with gongs and he fits in to the Clemens' story very well...

The next interesting story is a concert at an opening of Tony Cragg's exhibition in Zoya gallery in Slovakia. This artist belong to my favorite sculptors and it is an honour to perform at his exhibition.

I would also like to use this website to a small call. Next year the Yýprava tour will grow up by a few guests and so the concert duration is going to expand. Into our programme I would love to include some lovely person which would like to serve a small refreshment to the audience during the whole tour. I look for someone imaginative and absolutely individual. My idea is a small, not expensive refreshment, which would nutritively enrich our few hours long programme. The condition is that the person is able to pass the whole one month long tour.

The next Vyprava tour will begin from the mid August to the mid September.

I look forward to your offers and possible personal appointments.

 

 

1 October 2013

Výprava 2013 - Pacov

Autumn in the spirit of the new Didgeridoo Solo IV album

Vyprava finished by two-day long recording in the Pacov chappel. (Our friend Zdenek Zrust documented us. Before we set our mics up he took few pictures.. Thank you Zdenek for your great job..)
The record will come up next year on the Výprava 2014 tour where it will be solemnly released. Look foreward...

Thanks also on behalf of Bear to everyone who helped us with the tour.
For the next year we will welcome on board our friend Andrew Begay, Indian of Navaho tribe, flute player and an indian stories teller. A lovely person who will join us to wander our country. We already know there will be 10 more stops...

We also thank to everyone who helped to prepare the Vypustek cave and were patient with the postponed start of the concert.

Bear returns to England but obviously it is not a happy return, Czech Republic has become his second home.

To me, October is a month of recording. Finally, I am going to finish my soo album which I have been preparing for the last two years. It is devoted to accoustic didgeridoo but also to electrodidgeridoo. My electronic experimental performance divides the audience to opponents and supporters.. I hope the new album will persuade everyone that even the electronically conceived didgeridoo can be another very live genre platform.

Together with the drummer Pavel Plánka we will set off to club concerts, we are also preparing to release a common album, partly recorded live during our gigs. I already invite you all fans of the organic dance music...

 

 

3 September 2013

Kaple Pacov

Gong therapy for the second time


Výprava Tour is running.

Thanks to all who have already enjoyed the previous events with us and I invite all the others to the following concerts. In those places which allow us to do so, Bear Love offers individual gong massages. I have joined them for several times and I have to say it is a very deep sound dive into the self.

Because of the big interest, or to say, because of the sold out number of therapies the Pacov chappel managers met our wishes and we found another 3 days during which you can order another individual gong massage.

Gongova terapie Pacov 2013  Gongova terapie Pacov 2013  Gongova terapie Pacov 2013

 

A single therapy lasts for 50 minutes. Bear chimes all the instruments from his collection just right at your body.

We would love to welcome you in those 3 days:
9th - 11th September, again in the beautiful accoustics of the Pacov baroque chappel
9th September: 12am - 9pm
10th September: 9am - 9pm
11th September: 9am - 9pm

Bookings and all other information gives Jana Hruskova:
Phone no.: 608302065

Cordially invite you

 

16 August 2013

Ondřej v Lomecku

What happens in August


After days of activities I reach the computer to write a few lines.
Again, many interesting days have passed. Workshop in Lomecek was among them. I thank the students for their commitment, presence of mind and endurance. I look forward to what will sprout from the sown...
Certainly many good photos were taken.

During the workshop evening gig was a record taken, which will be processed for the selection of the best. I look forward to it, another way to work with didgeridoo.

Besids my own recording I joined the creation of a new Petr Nikl's record. The project is still very young, individual compositions are being created, sounding magic and lyrical again. The music doesn't hurry and mingles many non-trivial elements, from African instruments through didgeridoo to eg. avantgarde singing of Laurie Amat, an American artist cooperating with The Residents.

But the main thing is...
The Vyprava tour is approaching. All are warmly welcome for its stops in places truely unique. Besides the evening performances, there is still the oportunity to book a group or an individual therapy with the giant gong.
There is a lot to look froward to.

 
 

19 July 2013

Bear a Ondrej 2012 (na Vyšehradě) 

 Invitation for the VÝPRAVA 2013 tour, the gong massage of Bear Love and Ondřej Smeykal

 -> Video invitation <-

In advance, I would love to invite you all to the Výprava 2013 tour in September, a series of performances with the London based gong player Bear Love.

We are heading to chappels, churches or caves again, we have prepared a series of wonderful evenings all around the beautiful outdoor and indoor places, places which can often to be called gems. Besides gongs and didgeridoo we are going to introduce new orphic bronze instruments, be surprised.

There are going to be two performances in Prague. Both are going to take place in a lovely premisses of a concert hall Hlahol. The room has got a warm wooden floor and will offer to those who are willing to bring a sleeping pad, pillow or a duvet very pleasant sound bath.

Of course, the chairs are at your disposal. During these events I really recommend to equip yourself with yout own pillow, sleeping pad, blanket, sleeping bag, and come to enjoy the listening truely by your style. It's a different dimension.

At some places Bear will even offer an individual massage session by a giant golden gong. Who tried the last year knows what I am talking about. The gong is really big with a diameter of 2,2 meters and is the largest of its kind in Europe. It's sound has really massage strength.

This is specifically taking place in Znojmo, where are all the available dates for individual massages sold out, but you can still contact us and enjoy the 40 minutes long gong massage in Pacov where is going to be the gong available for these purposes from 26th to 28th August.
Contact: hornova.e(at)gmail.com

For all those who are involved in the preparation of the tour I greet you and look forward to meeting you.

Ondřej Smeykal


Video - Výprava 2012 - Didgeridoo in cave

Photos from the 2012 performance at Vyšehrad


 

12 July 2013

Ondrej a Jaz u Fausta

Black & Red

First half of June has been, besides a few gigs, majorly about the new mix od the BLACK & RED CD.

Jaz Coleman added a few more lyrics - surprisingly he sings a lot on the CD. He admited he didn't plan it at all, but the music themes inspired him to compose more texts. And I really acknowlege it.
If there is something what pushes and subdues the didgeridoo sound, it is the human voice. Therefore the project gains unexpectedly specific song shape.

I am enjoying the beauties of the czech countryside now... intimate accoustic concerts all around the Czech Republic... I am looking forward to see you at some of them...

Besides, we are all in preparing the concerts with Bear Love and his giant gongs. Wonderful places again, Kladruby, Pacov, Kutná Hora... the list would be too long...

Didgeridoo festival are approaching, one of my favourites in the French Airvault. This time I am attending with a drummer to perform our electronic version.

...have a beautiful summer!

 

7 June 2013

Ondrej a Bear na Vyšehradě 2012

Summer solo tour and the JOURNEY (VÝPRAVA) again!

After a while there is the time to write a few lines again...
In between concerts in London and Bern I have managed to stop in Prague for two lovely events and now I am on the road again...

Besides the only one summer workshop in Czech republic, where I would love to invite you (a beautifully cultivated space - a flooded quarry), we are arranging summer solo concerts at many outstanding places of our country.. There are so many wonderful chappels, halls, caves, gardens... each one of them has its own sound, each one of those places teaches me something new...

For these acoustic concerts I have prepared new bronze accompanying instruments, which are developed and improved by me and few other artists..I am not going to reveal more so you have something to look foreward to.
I have been very impressed by metal instruments in my solo playing. Metal is an element whose sound complements what I've always lacked in the sound of wood. High fequencies. They beautifully complement with the sounds of didgeridoo.

Besides playing acoustic I also explore the potential of electronic.. together with percussionist Pavel Planka there is a brand new project rising, focused on dance music. If you're bigger fans of drum sets and electronic didgeridoo, you are warmly invited to our summer concerts.

Another big event which I like to announce is our VÝPRAVA (JOURNEY).

VÝPRAVA means Bear Love from London with his world biggest symphonic gong - 220cm, who is going to tour with me through Czech republic again. We are going to perform at amazing venues, eg. the garden of the renaissance villa Kratochvíle, Pacov baroque chappel, Kladruby monastery, the church of St. Vaclav in Znojmo..

Bear Love has also prepared new instruments, he even had made a rotating stand for his giant gong, so the bronze ogre not only sounds but also rotates and transmits frequency bath evenly around its axis.. incredible thing. Such a huge "Lesley speaker" /a legendary rotary speaker/

Výprava is going to take place in Czech republic from 25th August till 21st September from where it will set off to Belgium and Francie..

Do not miss the sound of the gong.. in some cities there will be the possibility of having a gong massage. Bear Love is going to offer an individual 50 minute massage.

Still, not all the dates are booked. If you are interested to invite the project to your city, please, contact me..

..and that's all..
Summer is just perfect. I am looking forward to you..