The Plastic People of the Universe
The Czech underground cult band The Plastic People of the Universe is coming to Bratislava at the invitation of Convergences Festival, with its programme Leading Horses. The project originally dates from 1981, when its artistic shape was defined by the band’s two dynamic personalities, bass guitarist Milan “Mejla” Hlavsa (music) and Vratislav Brabenec (poetry, vocals). In 2014 the work took on a new form, in an orchestral arrangement by Michal Nejtek.
“On the musical side, “Horses” can bear comparison with the peak achievements of progressive West European bands of that time. In contrast to those, however, “Horses” has a completely specific and original atmosphere, which pervades the entire musical and textual material. An atmosphere of distress, of spiritual oppression, but also with a strange archaic quality and pathos,” the musician, composer and arranger Michal Nejtek says about the project, which is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Introducing the Bratislava premiere, there will be a screening of a documentary film about the emergence of this timeless combination of poetry and music, performed by the legendary band and the Brno Philharmonic.
Location: Municipal Theatre of P. O. Hviezdoslav, Laurinská 20, Bratislava
Date and time: September 11, 2019 at 7 PM
More information on the official Facebook event.