Jiří Bouda

Jiří Bouda

I have been going in for music since my pre-school years. I played the violin, the guitar and later took percussion instrument lessons from JAMU graduate Ladislav Šiška. I spent half a year in African Guinea where I was studying approaches of different tribes towards playing African instruments. I learnt to play the djembe from masters such as  Famadou Konate, Mohamed Bangoura, Fadouba Oulare, Harouna Dembele, Bronislav Pavlíček... I learnt the balafon from Epina (Abdoulaye Bangoura), Kanazoe, Abdoulaye Dembele... I learnt the kora from Djakali Kone, Adam Doughty...and others. In 2013 I spent a month in Cuba, devoting myself to Afro-Cuban instruments.

I have been actively embracing body music since 2008. My teachers include Keith Terry, an American musician and choreograph, Fernando Barba, LeeLa Petronio, Jep Melendez, Sandy Silva, Javier Romero Naranjo, among others. In 2012, I took part in the International Body Music Festival in Istanbul (info).

For five years, I played in music band Tshjamm and  Tubabu (traditional West-African rhythms). I also cooperated with groups such as Shivanam, Avrix and participated in many different music projects at various festivals. Currently I play in  Korajunglejazz (West-African harp called the kora combined with the guitar into a colourful mixture of traditional and contemporary music). Since then the band has had many successful concerts not only in the Czech Republic but also in France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. The band’s first album Kauri released in 2013 and second album Nimba in 2014.

Nowadays I organize seminars, concerts, teambuilding events and programs for schools throughout the Czech Republic. I run my Drumming classes both for children and adults at the Leisure Time Centre Lužánky and Bosorka studio in Brno where I also provide musical accompaniment to African Dance classes led by Alena Chládková.