Rudy Linka and Christina Prindle’s performance September 19, 2013 at The Shop was an evening Václav Havel would’ve been proud of. It was a little bit of love, a little bit of sorrow, a little bit of peace, a little bit of adventure, a little bit of humor, and a lot of soul. Linka and Prindle managed to pull out the very souls from musical classics (like The Beatles’ “Blackbird”) and take them for a casual stroll in the jazz genre. Between sets, they shared memories and personal anecdotes, and honored the memory of Václav Havel. Linka exhibited a devoted mastery to his art; the chords and riffs twirling in rhythm with Prindle’s beautifully warm and robust voice. In addition to the music, the entire evening was a friendly conversation; Fort Fringe’s The Shop provided the perfect intimate venue that furnished a rare connection between the musicians and the audience, as they exchanged commentary throughout the evening. Linka mentioned in one of his anecdotes that music is generally accepted as good for the soul. I am inclined to agree, and furthermore agree with Linka’s humorous addition: beautiful jazz is not only a recommendation; it’s a prescription.
Article contributed by Kristen Cornett
Photo: Jazz guitarist Rudy Linka and Cultural Attaché Robert Řehák