Czech Next Wave, a regular podcast produced jointly by the Czech Centres network and Radio Prague International, introduces listeners around the world to emerging, exciting and highly talented young Czechs in various areas of the arts and beyond.
In the first episode we will introduce you to the musician Albert Černý.
Albert Černý found fame at a young age when his first band Charlie Straight won three Czech national Anděl music awards following the release of their debut LP. The vibrant singer-songwriter later formed Lake Malawi; the group’s biggest moment to date was representing the Czech Republic in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, where they finished a very creditable 11th. In recent times Černý (31) has also been doing some modelling and TV work.
Despite being only 35, Michal Šimíček heads the Blood Cancer Research Group in Ostrava, a team doing very exciting work in the field of cell therapy. This ground-breaking treatment involves using live immune system cells to target certain kinds of tumors. In this in-depth interview, the recipient of the prestigious Neuron prize discusses how seemingly revolutionary cell therapy works, how it compares to chemotherapy, the patriotic aspect of moving back to his native region and many more.
Tereza Rosalie Kladošová is one of the Czech Republic’s top young fashion designers. Known for eye-catching bright colors and bold, fun cuts, she frequently uses her own materials – including from the waste products of wool manufacturing – to conjure up genuinely one-of-a-kind pieces. She also makes various other items and in her guise as a stylist co-created the look of popular Prague restaurant Eska. Last year the designer, who is in her mid-30s, took the overall prize in the prestigious Czech Grand Design awards.
Marek Šindelka (1984) is a poet and novelist. He made his debut with the volume of verse Strychnin (Strychnine) for which he was awarded the Jiří Orten Prize 2006. Two years later he published his first novel Chyba (Aberrant), a book that was well received by both critics and readers. Šindelka is one of the new upcoming authors in Czech literature and has already shown his ability as a writer. Together with the illustrator Vojtěch Mašek he turned his novel Aberrant into a graphic novel. In 2001 he published a volume of short stories called Zůstaňte s námi (Stay Tuned). The book was awarded with the Litera Magnesia Prize 2012. His last book is Mapa Anny (Map of Anna), a set of short stories. Late 2016 Šindelka published Únava materiálu (Material Fatigue), a controversial novel about refugees.
Sára Vondrášková (Never Sol) is musician, composer and producer and has been one of most distinctive voices on the Czech music scene for the best part of a decade. She creates melancholic songs that are based on layered analog synth soundscapes, dreamy melodies shrouded in tons of reverb with thick yet delicate vocals. 2013 she published her first album Under Quiet. In 2018 came her her second LP Chamaleo. In addition Vondrášková works regularly with other artists in fields such as fashion and dance and hosts a show on the radio station Vltava. In this wide-ranging edition of Czech Next Wave, the singer Sára Vondrášková discusses finding her own voice, the financial side of doing Never Sol, her social media tagline “East European synth melancholy” – and a major career dream.