Zenkl & Kozák Band
Zenkl & Kozák Band
Czech-American Radim Zenkl founded this musical duo in the fall of 2020 with Ondra Kozak as his European concert project. Listeners can look forward to original tunes and songs in the bluegrass style, as well as traditional pieces in special arrangements and Irish music style. Both musicians are multi-instrumentalists and their performance also features lead vocals of both players and their harmony singing.
Radim Zenkl – mandolin, flutes, didgeridoo, vocal
Ondra Kozák – guitar, violin, dobro, bass, vocal
Radim Zenkl – mandolin player, composer and instructor. Originally from the Czech Republic, he began playing the mandolin at thirteen, and discovered bluegrass by listening to records that were smuggled into this communist country. The sound of a bluegrass mandolin was the spark that launched a decision at the age of seventeen to play music as a career and subsequently led Radim to escaping from Czechoslovakia in the summer of 1989 (three months before the fall of communism) and settling in the San Francisco area. In 1992, he won the US National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS. He has invented a masterful technique, the “Zenkl style,” in which a single mandolin sounds like two. Besides his solo performances, Radim has been collaborating with the top musicians of the US acoustic music scene and played in a duo setting with artist such as Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Tony Trischka, Chris Thile (in a quartet), Scott Nygaard and others. He has recorded nine CDs, including a CD of improvised duets with Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and others (Strings & Wings, Shanachie, 1996), and appeared on more than eighty other recordings. His instructional DVD ‘Mandolin Primer’ was released on Homespun in 2015.
Radim solo (Los Angeles)
Ondra Kozák – multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, music teacher, director and organizer. He focuses mainly on acoustic music: bluegrass, folk, new acoustic. As a guitarist, he recorded two solo records (Ataman, 2014; Overtones, 2019) and won the title “Guitarist of the Year” 5 times in the Poll of the Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic. He participated in more than 20 studio albums with various groups, with which he won a prestigious competition for the European Band of the Year 4 times at the French La Roche Bluegrass Festival. He has collaborated on various occasions with important personalities of the bluegrass music scene, such as Mike Marshall, Dan Crary, Mike Compton, Tony Furtado, Beppe Gambetta, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Cia Cherryholmes, and others. He organizes music workshops, prepares podcasts for musicians, founded an online music workshop and is the author of several educational publications.