Alternative rock band: Vladimír Línek - vocals, keyboards (leader); Tomáš Vodňanský - guitar; Jiří Jelínek - sax; Jarda Kašpar - bass; Zdeněk Konopásek - drums.
I joined the group soon after its start in 2002. We played nice songs written by the poet and band leader Vladimír Línek, a big admirer of Oldřich Janota, but also of such diverse artists as Tom Waits or Jon Anderson from Yes. A number of concerts and two demo CD-Rs left behind this band. In 2005 Tomáš Vodňanský left for one year, travelling abroad, and we stopped playing. It was the same time when Kvartet Dr. Konopného [Dr. Konopny Quartet], which I enjoyed very much, started preparation for recording CD.
1989-1990 / 1996-1997 ::::
Collaboration with Oldřich Janota, Czech songwriter and musician, minimalist guitarist and poet
In 1989-90 and then in 1996-97 I collaborated with Oldřich Janota. I played drums & percussions as well as trumpets on his two records (Oldřich Janota, Panton 1990; Sešité, Indies Records 1987) and occasonally performed at a couple of concerts with him.
Dvouletá fáma [Two-year rumour] (II.)
Reincarnation of the former new wave band: Radomil Uhlíř - vocals; Martin Vik - guitar, keyboards; Zdeněk Konopásek - drums; Josef F. Matoušek (Ferda) - bass (in 1989).
Alternative rock band established already in 1980s, but renewed a few years later with different lineup. The style was wilder and darker - written songs were injected with improvised passages. In early 1990s the band transformed into a loosely linked group of musicians entitled Kvartet Dr. Konopného [Dr. Konopny Quartet].
Pavel Richter and related musicians
Musical collaboration with guitar player Pavel Richter (one of the legends of the Czech alternative scene) and his friends
In the mid of 1980s I participated in some projects of the Czech guitarist (actually, multiinstrumentalist), Pavel Richter and of some other related musicians. I met Pavel Richter when he was helping us as sound engineer and producer during recording sessions of Dvouletá fáma, my first Prague-based band. After Dvouletá fáma (its first incarnation) splitted up, I spent several years by doing music at home and by occasional collaborations, such as: recording music of Pavel Richter and Pavel Švec for theatrical version of The Hobbit, there and back again (dir. by Ctibor Turba in 1984); recording sessions with Pavel Richter and friends; as guest-drummer, playing occasionally with bands such as Vyšší populár (Luboš Fidler, Franta Skála, Lesik Hajdovský and others) and Zapomenutý orchestr země snivců (Jaroslav Kořán and others).
Dvouletá fáma [Two-year rumour] (I.)
New wave band of early 80s: Jana Macháčková - vocals; Martin Vik - guitar; Ivan Benda - bass; Zdeněk Konopásek - drums, vocals.
My first band in Prague. We played concerts mainly at the legendary Chmelnice club in Prague, occasionally elsewhere. Our favorite bands of the time were, for instance, The Residents and Snakefinger, XTC, B52s, Public Image Ltd - and all this somehow melted together in our music. Several years after this lineup splitted up, in late 1980s, the band was reformed and got darker and rougher - see Dvouletá fáma II.).
3 Lydi [3 Peeple]
New wave band based in Karlovy Vary: Ivan Kováč - vocals, guitar, keyboards; Milan Voříšek - bass; Zdeněk Konopásek - drums, vocals
One of the first new wave bands in the country, established and run in Karlovy Vary (Western Bohemia). Three private concerts and several demos, out of which Milan Vorisek compiled a home-made CD-R many years later. At the end, trumpet player Marek Kraus joined the band. Inspirations and favorite bands of the time: Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, The Police, Talking Heads, The Specials, Madness. The band ceased to exist in 1981, when I left to Prague where Dvouletá fáma, another band of mine, was established.