On her new album, trumpetist and composer Štěpánka Balcarová, the recipient of the Anděl Award for the best jazz album of 2022, delves deep into human emotions. As her main source of inspiration she quotes her recent experience of becoming a mother: “Certain emotions receive a totally new dimension with motherhood. Though I used to think I knew what it meant to be angry or indignant, for example, and was able to rationalize such emotions, draw relevant consequences and thus come to term with them, with children one often finds oneself in situations that don’t allow for such distancing. This immediacy affects both negative and positive emotions. I’ve come to see them in an entirely new light.” In the in eight compositions comprised in her new album, Štěpánka represents eight basic human emotions, as they have been defined by American psychologist Robert Plutchik: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger and anticipation.
Štěpánka Balcarová – trumpet
Jaromír Honzák – double bass
Nikola Kołodziejczyk – piano
Grzegorz Masłowski – drums
Recording and mix: Milan Cimfe, SONO Records Doupě
Mastering: Pavel Karlík, Adam Karlík, SONO Records Doupě
Producers: Petr Ostrouchov, Štěpánka Balcarová
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