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Legendary Chansonier Charles Aznavour in Prague. Just tomorrow.

Legendary Armenian-French chanson, singer, musician and actor Charles Aznavour will offer Czech audiences their best-known songs this Friday, March 16, at the Prague Congress Center.

At almost 94 years old, it seems that time and age for Aznavour do not mean anything special. The last time he managed to show off at the sold out concert in Amsterdam on March 3 , when he was giving joy to nostalgia, hope and melancholy for almost an hour and three quarters with songs accompanied by a six-member band and two vocalists. The show, consisting of more than twenty songs, ended with stormy ovation in standing and a flood of flowers on the stage.

Charles Aznavour is one of the world's greatest living musicians, sings in eight languages, has written over 1,000 songs for his eighty-year career, has recorded dozens of albums and sold over 100 million copies. He is referred to as "a new romance, Napoleon chanson, French Frank Sinatra, or a little man with sad eyes", which brought French music to nostalgia, melancholy and tabootised themes earlier. " He has collaborated with all international music stars such as Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, or Zaz singer. Last August he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Charles Aznavour was born in Paris in 1924 to Armenian parents who fled their homeland before genocide. At age 9, he left school and became a child actor. During the German occupation of Paris he sang in cabarets. After the war he worked with Edith Piaf as author of the music and lyrics of her songs. In the 1950s he became independent and gradually achieved success worldwide. This was also helped by his huge language equipment, where he played several songs in several versions. His songs were influenced by many world-famous artists who also recorded them - from Elton John, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles to Celine Dion. In 2014 he played a duet with singer Zaz. His most famous compositions are known to the Czech audience, for example by Hana Hegerová or Karel Gott. He has performed in over 60 films. He also created the actor with Czech actress Jana Švandová.

In the poll of CNN, Aznavour was named the Largest Artist of the 20th Century. He has many awards and honors (Golden Lion, César, Order of Honorary Legion, Hall of Fame). This August he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Aznavour is also actively reporting to his Armenian roots. Since 1995, he has been a UNESCO Ambassador to Armenia, and in 2009 he became the UN Ambassador to Switzerland in Switzerland.

In the 1980s, he founded the "Aznavour for Armenia" Association. Even at the age of 93, he is relentlessly acting around the world. Last time, March 3, he presented himself in excellent condition in front of a sold-out hall in Amsterdam. His concert tour in 2018 runs from Amsterdam through Prague to Moscow, Osaka, Tokyo and London. Aznavour admits that he wants to continue writing his memories.

"End" - it's a strange word for a tempering Frenchman. "I do not feel dying at all, I'll leave it to those who are depressed. I'm an optimist that you would rarely find in the world."

Charles Aznavour (France)

16 March 2018, 20.00, Prague Congress Center

La Bohème
I have a brunch of nostalgia

Source: tz, edited editorially

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