The band Circus Problem was established in 2012. The band´s position on the Czech music scene includes both - street busking, club scene and big stages at leading Czech and foreign festivals. The band present themselves with their unique creation of author's songs as well as some covers. During their existence, several members were replaced in their ranks. The current composition around the founding member and author of most of the repertoire of Jiří Čeva has existed since January 2017.
Petr Salajka plays the tube which gives the band incredible energy. It does not stink so much, so you need to spoil it a bit. He prefers wine, but plum brandy does not mind a plum brandy either. Pete is always in the mood and you recognize him by a good looking tail-coat and a unique sound.
Erik Kadlicek, with his riffs, points out that the violin belongs to this band. He came to Prague from Slovakia to study jazz. Since the age of six he has been devoted to folklore, chardas and gypsy music he adores. At the concerts he is like a fish in the water. With Erik, you can talk about the immortality of the chicken, and he can convince you that it is actually immortal. He also enjoys gastronomy and a lot of chili.
Pája is talented and gifted musician who controls the trombone at Circus. His strengths are not only hidden in music but also in his personal charm! He will surely appreciate when you invite him for a shot or a pint. But be careful not to let him fall asleep in the public transportation on the way back home!
He plays the drumms like nobody else can! Bicmen, who pushes the band forward. His rhythms and energies are driving us to aim even higher! He is silent water that smashes the shores.
It is obvious that Bohdan was born to be a member of this band. This member has been with us from the very beginning. He brightens up our days with his charming personality because THE WORLD IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN ...
Jirka is a founding member of this madness. Back in the days, he once wandered around the Balkans and Turkey, and suddenly got this crazy idea of establishing this Circus. Despite the distressing journey and hard beginnings they made together with the other members to today's form of Circus Problem.
Swing goddesses embodied, godmothers, music divas, princesses... We’re known under many different monikers, but one thing is certain – we are three young, playful and sometimes wild sisters, singers and musicians. We’ve known some of the circus crew for quite some time, but met the whole gang during the recording of their debut CD “Born not Typical”, because the boys invited us to contribute with our angel-like vocals to their boisterous sounds. The album’s release party took place in Prague’s Basement Bar and the festivities continued well into the following day. Immediately after that we set out on a series of mischievous performances with the Balkan Theatre for which we, together with the boys, prepared traditional Gypsy and Balkan songs. They are currently working on some Czech folk songs spiced with Eastern Balkan sounds, and we also did our bit – Victorka made vocal arrangements, Lůca contributed with her violin skills and of course, we embellished the recording with our glorious voices.
I was born in a maternity hospital close to Jirka Čevela in Hodonín. When I was nine, my dad started sending me to dulcimer lessons. He wasn’t active as a musician, but as you know – some parents live their dreams through their kids. At the age of ten, I was taken under the musical wing of an outstanding Roma musician. My results at the Hodonín grammar school were remarkably poor and so I was transferred to a music school and conservatoire to Ostrava. Luckily, I managed to finish the school after six years and later enrolled at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where I’m currently studying music management. I am active in folklore and other projects, which was noted by a friend, who invited me to a recording studio in Brno. It was then, in 2014, when I met a bunch of lovers of alcohol and girls – Circus Problem. And since then, I’ve made six great buddies and my inspiration has led me towards Balkan folklore.
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TULLAMORE D.E.W. – sponsor
Why is Irish whiskey associated with busking?
Street performances have been around as long as there have been towns. They’re a part of communal life and culture and belong on large squares as well as little lanes.
Their energy enlivens the repetitive monotony of everyday life.
Buskers often live a very hard life, but their passion and commitment prevail.
They battle hardship with a song. They’re a unique kind.
They’re also all the rage in Ireland. And this uniqueness is something that Tullamore D.E.W. recognises and appreciates. And that’s the reason why we’ve decided to support buskers.
And what’s the story with Circus Problem?
Tullamore D.E.W., distributed in the Czech Republic by Remy Cointreau and represented by Fox Hunter, contacted us in autumn 2013. They came up with the idea of transferring the atmosphere of street art to bars and we were one of the bands that they discovered and found interesting. They liked our busking video from the streets of Strasbourg. We started with a couple of trial sessions and passed the test. A few minor changes were made in the script and we started to work on this big campaign in 2014. We stood at the very cradle of the connection between buskers and whiskey.
Form of collaboration
The main part of the collaboration essentially consists in working on the Busking Promo Tour project that takes place each spring and autumn. It is a promotional tour during which we hit two to three pubs every evening and play a 30-45 minute show and charge the guests with some of our energy. They often have no clue about the event, so the initial surprise quickly turns into joy over the unexpected, to the point that we’ve had guests jumping and dancing on tables under rapturous applause. The campaign is now taking place simultaneously at several parts of the Czech and Slovak Republic and represents a number of other bands.
In June 2015, the concept conquered the streets once again, this time in a unique bus (www.tullamoredewbus.cz) featuring a special roof platform for buskers, bringing music closer to people at unconventional venues and in unexpected moments – another outstanding experience not only for passers-by but also for us.
In addition to this promotional project, Tullamore D.E.W. supports our standard activities and has helped us to become who we are.
Tullamore D.E.W. supported the release of both our CDs, sponsors our concerts both financially and with their products, but above all they root for us. They inspire our work, as in the case of a song called Rain and Air. We won the buskerjam.cz competition sponsored by Tullamore D.E.W. who brought us to Dublin as an official live act at the youbloom festival. We also visited Tullamore, tasted whiskey at its home and enjoyed the authentic Irish atmosphere of the streets and pubs. But the most memorable, albeit not that positive, experience was our flight to Ireland and this is what the song is about.
In any case, we’ve greatly benefited from our collaboration with Tullamore D.E.W., and we hope to continue with our project.