Ministry of Nonsense’s Warning: This album is not edible for killjoys, purse-lipped teachers and Božena Němcová!
The new album “Bejbypank” (Baby Punk) is meant for children from 0 to 80 years of age and joins quality music, excellent texts and accordingly great performers. Music supervision was carried out by Ondřej Pečenka of Folk3Mail Project and interpreters include personalities like Blanka Šrůmová (ex Tichá dohoda), Márdi (Vypsaná fiXa), Jarda Svoboda (Traband) or David Koller.
The project originated as a response to the lack of quality and original songs for children. Following an offer by the Puppet Scene of South Bohemian Theater in České Budějovice, director David Dvořák wrote and staged the vaudeville show “Kašpárek v rohlíku”. Most of the songs in the album were used in this performance. “Kašpárek v rohlíku is a typical example of the Anglo-Saxon theatrical style called Fast Food Theater (FFT). This is a fast-refreshing form of theatre production,” explains the author of the show, David Dvořák. “Fast and easily digestible performance for unambitious consumers. Particularly children like this kind of show, as their parents often disapprove of it. These are so-called “etudes”, when individual parts of the performance are created as independent micro-sketches, ideally ended with a punchline. Any idea is pampered and given more importance than meaning, mission, educational element and the whole dramaturgy. These are terms not suitable for FFT, these rather belong to National Theater Restaurants, where you use cutlery and eat properly.”
The success of the show logically resulted in its materialization on a CD. It was recorded in Ondřej Ježek’s Jámor Studio in the fall 2007. Music was created by Ondřej Pečenka, already mentioned, and Jiří Müller and Jiří Šponar of the Puppet Scene of South Bohemian Theater in České Budějovice and by a mysterious ensemble UBO. The lyrics were written by the trio Pečenka – Müller – Dvořák. “With exaggeration we called this musical genre “baby punk”, which does not exactly reflect musical aspect (the songs are not superficial, insensitive or rough). Compositions in Kašpárek v rohlíku knock down the rooted image of a musical category called a “children song” (instructive, educational, explanatory, infantile).”
For singing and instrumental cooperation the authors addressed personalities of Czech music scene and relatives: Blanka Šrůmová, Márdi, Jarda Svoboda, David Koller, Filip Nebřenský and Marek Doubrava (Hm...), Karolína Dytrtová (Miou Miou). Actors of South Bohemian Theater in České Budějovice sing and play as well: (besides the above-mentioned also Lucie Škodová, Jana Vanýsková, Denisa Posekaná and Jan Hönig, children Eliška and Amálka Dvořák, Kryštof Ježek, Kristián Kracík).
The album will be published in the digital form enriched with various dialogues and jokes from the performance (free download), while on the CD you will “only” find 13 songs and a sketch about Barbie and Ken. The CD is contained in a spectacular digipack, which contains a fifty-page booklet, including complete lyrics and scores. Another bonus is stickers with characters from “Kašpárek v rohlíku”.