Studio Paměť literally translates to ‘Studio Memory’, and the name is fitting. Begun in the mid-90’s as a space for non-commercial cultural, literary, and musical activities, the studio seeks to exist somewhere between nostalgia and modernity. Theatrical director Oskar Hulec, and musical director Milan Dedera, give definite nods to musical and artistic greats, but also give artists the opportunity for free expression and interpretation. Their monthly music tribute nights are a great example. Past events have paid tribute to such artists as Nina Simone, Bob Marley, and Erykah Badu. “We collaborate with artists to rework songs of musical legends in their own way, just for our one event,” says Dedera. “Sure you can find jazz clubs that have the same tribute night every month, but we want to create something you can’t find anywhere else.”
The upstairs of Studio Paměť is a bar/lounge area and small art space, which has shown everything from quirky Italian album art, to big name photographers like Bohdan Holomíček. Downstairs is the reconstructed theater/music space. It’s cozy, intimate, and draws an eclectic, enthusiastic crowd. For Czech speakers, theater nights spotlight the work of writers who challenge conventional wisdom and produce thought-provoking work with talented actors. Music fans wanting to hear a modern take on classic soul, blues, funk, neo-soul, and R&B will definitely find a home here as well. Studio Paměť has even begun their own record label specializing in obscure recordings of R&B and soul music covers in the Czech language. Don’t knock it till you’ve heard it! Their first release, a 45 single of rediscovered covers by 60’s artist, Jaromír Löffler, sounds every bit as soulful its American counterparts.