Exactly in accordance with the concept of Martin Chodúr’s new album “A Thousand and One Nights”, his baptism took place in Prague’s Malostranská beseda. The singer introduced his current line-up from the first to the last song and confirmed his versatile talent. Together with the fans, he celebrated his holiday.
Live: Martin Chodúr
place: Malostranská beseda, Prague
date: November 11, 2021
setlist: Intro, Mystery, Thousand and One Nights, ON, Cupid, Gemini, Beskydy in the fog, Singles, Chopin in Valldemosse, Hidden faces of lovers, Romance ?, Little people, A little bit of heaven, Last ball
Martin Chodúr is a singer who deserves attention. Much larger than what he gets in the Czech media space. This news is clearly broadcast by the October album “A Thousand and One Nights” – and its live performance further highlights it.
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On his fourth album of original songs, which was published six years after the previous one, he honed his author’s manuscript into a distinctive and at the same time audience-friendly form. He inserted individual stories into the concept of “Thousand and One Nights”, which function not only on their own, but also as a meaningful whole. In his current work, he draws on both traditional popular music and rock or oriental music. He verbally incorporates many philosophical ideas, which, due to his great interest in literature, he probably really deals with in his spare time. Thanks to this, it presents its listeners with their own original and unmistakable associations and metaphors in our pop. All this was shown by the baptism in Prague’s Malostranská beseda in full nudity. It doesn’t matter that the hall didn’t crack at the seams, in the end the time doesn’t want live music and much “big” The bands have already postponed their autumn events due to the current restrictions. Nevertheless, Chodúr offered the audience a valuable cultural experience, which encouraged them to think as well as to admire its artistic versatility.
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The songs from “Thousand and One Nights” sounded in the same order as on the album. Their performer, composer, lyricist and arranger, who also procured a number of instruments in the studio, supplemented them with verbal comments. This helped the audience to fully orient themselves in the central storyline, which stretches across the recording – or perhaps against its background. Therefore, it was not an ordinary concert based on an unrelated mix of songs, but a continuous story, in which the songs played the role of the media. The Beskydy musician became an imaginary chronicler who collected, captured and passed on all the sub-chapters. Like the legendary Scheherazade. He was accompanied by his band MACH with Vlastimil Šmída, Jiří Zabystrzan (both keyboards), Marek Dufek (bass), Patrik Benek (drums) and Adéla Švanová (flute and acoustic guitar). Prim was played mainly by precisely constructed melodies, which turned out in songs like “Romance?”, “Hidden faces of lovers” or in the title piece.
© Martin Kubica
The main actor of the evening, who held an electric guitar in his hands, also gravitates to rock moments and does not hide his favor with the boss again – he demonstrated both of these positions in the single “Beskydy v mlze”. The concert was therefore not only a demonstration of his unquestionable interpretive qualities and authorial imaginativeness, but also a genuine celebration of the participants’ musical skills. Perhaps only a sound can be described as a minor flaw in beauty, which did not always mediate the full intelligibility of words. The act of baptism was performed by Michal Máka and David Landštof from the Supraphon publishing house, who wished the recording at least “a thousand and one listeners”. The second baptism, if covid restrictions allow, will take place on November 30 at the Heligonka club in Ostrava.
It is extremely nice for Martin Chodúr to keep his face. It is not downstream in terms of repertoire, but also in terms of personality. They don’t try to fit into templates or copy anyone. He is a solitaire and a visionary who, somewhere in the mountains in the north of Moravia, far from the supposed center of artistic events, diligently and with a boy’s sincere enthusiasm paves his own way. It is the people of this type that really enrich the culture.
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LIVE: Martin Chodúr convincingly guided “Thousands and One Nights” through the world in Prague’s Malostranská beseda