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PAVEL FAJT

RIO/Avant-Prog • Czech Republic


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Pavel Fajt is an exceptionally prolific drummer, percussionist and composer hailing form Brno in the Czech Republic. He has been active on the Czech music scene since the early '80s when he began composing music for dance and theater in collaboration with the Husa Na Provázku Theater. In 1983 he became a professional musician performing with groups such as Nucleus, Manana, and Jeste jsme se nedohodli. That same year he also became a founding member of the band Dunaj (originally named "Collective"), who produced six albums before they disbanded in 1990. In 1985 he began collaborating as a duo with Iva Bittová. The work of the duo attracted the attention of avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith, with whom he participated in the Mimi Festival in France in 1988. Fajt soon came into the focus of Western audiences via his appearance in the film and on the soundtrack (with Bittová) of Frith's Step Across the Border of 1990.

The 1990s began for Fajt with the project Joseph Boys with Vladimír Václavek and Marcus Therofal (of The Blech). Fajt soon embarked upon another duo, this time with American drummer Jim Meneses (producing the CD Songs for the Drums). In '93 he began performing as a solo improviser, working with the usual drums and percussion, as well as with voice and electronics, when he was invited to participate in a festival for solo performers in Geneva. He also worked on music for film and theater this same year (Ctibor Turba in Prague and Christine de Smedt in Belgium). In '94 Fajt toured with Anna Homler and Geert Waegeman and also with Mikolás Chadima. The former creative incarnation produced two albums that are quite breathtaking, Macaronic Sines and Corne de Vache; the latter the album Transparent People. In 1995 he formed the band Pluto who released two albums; the first of these was self titled (1996), the second (1998) titled Tri. The end of the decade found him working for theater again.

In 2000 Fajt became an assistant on faculty of Fine Arts in Brno (sound installations, acoustic, media). The first record he worked on for the new century was the eponymous cd by The Danubians, with Amy Denio, Csaba Hajnocy and Gabi Kenderesi of Hungary's Dolores Kampec, which was released by the American label Cuneiform Records. He once again participated in numerous duos - with Wendy Zulu, Stepanida Borisova, and...
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Fajt / Meneses - Songs For The Drums
1993
4.50 | 2 ratings
Macaronic Sines
1995
4.33 | 3 ratings
Pavel Fajt & Pluto
1996
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Corne De Vache
1997
3.82 | 2 ratings
Pluto - Tri
1998
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Chadima / Fajt - Pruhledni lide (Transparent People)
1998
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Drum Trek
2001

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 Pluto - Tri by FAJT, PAVEL album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.82 | 2 ratings

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Pluto - Tri
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Review by Gandalff

4 stars SAME AS PLUTO ISN´T A PLANET YET, THE BAND PLUTO IS DISBANDED, UNFORTUNATELY...

This is only one album from Pavel Fajt & Pluto which I own. In my opinion, it´s little better then the first enterprise of this project. "Tri" (Tři in Czech transcription) means "three" or, in this case, imperative of the verb "rub".

There is a evident lead music influence of PF here, which is expressed mostly in rhythmical structure of songs. As Fajt approximates with his colourful playing to melodic instruments, as rhythm bassguitar and electric guitar approximates to drums. Vocals of Vladimír Bartos are very authentic, deep-felt, perfect corresponding with the music.

Writing about Pavel Fajt´s musical virtuosity or invention would be unnecessarily waste of time. He is concededly one of the best drummers in Europe, maybe in whole World.

The first five songs are excellent, glowing, flavourous, the rest is little boring for me, except tracks 11&12. Especially the last song "Brazílie" (Brazil) has a very mysterious mood including sounds of rain forest.

1. Vítr V Mracích (A Wind in Clouds) 5*, 2. Mezi Stvoly Pýru (Between Trunks of Couch-Grass) 5*, 3. Masopust (Carnival) 5*, 4. Zázrak (Miracle) 5*, 5. Země Pokladů (The Land Of Treasures) 5*, 6. U Ohně (By the Fire) 3*, 7. V Závrati Touhy (In Vertigo of Urge) 2*, 8. Klec (The Cage) 2*, 9. Sekám Kosou (I´m Cutting With My Scythe) 3*, 10. Psí Dech (Dog´s Breath) 2*, 11. Dobří Lidé Na Jezeře (Good People On The Lake) 4*, 12. Brazílie (Brazil) 5*

Summary: 3,83 stars, rounded to 4.

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