When the piano stops playing, only silence remains. Now it has stopped playing forever and together with it one of the greatest artists from the Czech neighboring country, who has ever graced us with his presence. At the age of 48, Filip Topol passed away in Prague on 06/19/2013.
In 2002, our association had existed just for a couple of months, when Filip and his brother Jachym enriched one of the first Pragomania festivals in Dresden and other Saxonian cities with their concerts. He was a newcomer here, but a legend in our neighboring country. He knew how to captivate the auditory. His concerts were orgies, carried by pain and agony, but also an exceedingly intellectual examination of reality. Like his brother, he grew up in the oppositional CSSR underground. Despite his successful career, he stayed a down-to-earth guy and with the folks ‘til the end. This is something that connects us.
“Tezko rict”, his last album with his band Psi Vojaci from 2003 probably hits the point (engl. difficult to say). So on such a day it’s also difficult for me to say something. I think I’ll go to that Jim Beams Bar, where he used to play and drink a whisky in his honor, even when the piano is going to remain silent…