Guitar workshop with Desiderius Dužda

Place
Galerie Hotel
Jedlová, CZ
Language
Czech
Price
4800 CZK
Occurrences

Dežo is a successful music composer with extensive production, and his songs are chanted all over the world. In terms of vocal production he focuses on Romany multichoirs and vocal harmonies. He passes on his art experiences: he organizes guitar workshops, focusing namely on Romany harmonic techniques, so typical for Romany music. His unique guitar style, Romany harmony and chords sequence are his specialties, and his guitar workshops are very much appreciated in our country as well as abroad. Owing to his openness and heartiness, Dežo is not known as an exceptional artist only, but also as a popular teacher, representing and representing the Romany culture on the professional level.

During the 90’s he was a founding member of the Kale music band, accompanying vocalist Věra Bílá. He was awarded the Golden Record for 10 000 CDs sold. In 1997 Dežo started his close cooperation with Ida Kelarova, founding a band called Romano rat (Romany blood) and an international choir called Apsora (Tear drops) and the Jazz famelija band. He has been cooperating with Ida Kelarova ever since. Dežo is a successful music composer with extensive production, and his songs are chanted all over the world. In terms of vocal production he focuses on Romany multichoirs and vocal harmonies. He passes on his artistic experience: he organizes guitar workshops, focusing mainly on Romany harmonic techniques, so typical for Romany music. He is a chairman of the Miret civic association along with Ida Kelarova, aimed at supporting the talented Romany youth.

Dežo was born in Pilsen, he grew up in Rokycany, and comes from a family of ten children. Dežo started to play the guitar when he was four. His father, Vojtěch Bela Dužda, one of the most recognized viola players, an exquisite musician, who played all kinds of music instruments, was the greatest inspiration and teacher to him. Dežo recalls: “I was the youngest child. My father, as a musician, did not devote that much time to me; he passed all his art on to my oldest brother. Nevertheless, I wanted to become a musician. My mother told me, that when I was a small boy and my family played, I always took a coat hanger and played on it as if it was a guitar. I learned my first chords myself, I listened to how my brothers and my father played. And I used to practice a lot; I wanted to be a good musician. My childhood was quite hard, the poverty was overwhelming. I had big dreams, I wanted what the other children had. But I got more than those kids who had everything – I could feel the unity and fellowship of our family. In our home we played and sang all the time – whether we were hungry or not. Music and singing were my substitute for all the unfulfilled desires.”

Dežo, the way everybody calls him, is a modest person with big heart, beautiful soul and beautiful smile, which brings light into our stressed – out lives. He takes his guitar, gently, as if he wanted to caress it and say hello, he touches the strings and you suddenly find yourselves in the universe of music, where only a supreme instrumentalist can take you. You are there, in the Gypsy music, together with him, you listen to his voice, you feel his smile, the mimics of his face, and suddenly you are one soul with him, you sound in the same tone. This sensitive person – an artist – has got a charisma, which opens up right in front of you during his music production. It touches you and offers all his being. Through singing he talks about himself, about love and about who he is. His music reveals what troubles him, what makes him happy, what he is experiencing at this moment in life…

“I put into my music something of myself. I felt, that I must put into the composition what I am going through and what is forming me at this very moment, because only then it is going to be true. When I feel love, it inspires me in everything. If I didn’t feel love, my life would be without meaning. I can say that I am the happiest person in the world. I found my love. However I´d like to say that sadness can also be an inspiration. I often think about my parents. They gave me inner wealth, on which I draw up till now. And owing to Ida, who is sensitive to me and is able to experience my sadness with me, I am not alone. If I had ever loved and I thought I had loved, I did not know what love was. Love which enriches, love which gives me freedom, love, owing to which I am the happiest person in the world.”