'One of Prague's most innovative musical undertakings.' New York Times
The festival was founded in 1996 as Strings of Autumn, and kept the name for 25 years before becoming Prague Sounds in 2022.
It has hosted some of the world's finest musicians: titans of jazz Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Ahmad Jamal; world-renowned contemporary composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley; hip-hop legends De La Soul; acclaimed singers Cassandra Wilson and Gregory Porter; and electronica pioneers Brandt Brauer Frick. The festival has also presented some of the most vital artists on the contemporary scene: alt-rappers Shabazz Palaces, Open Mike Eagle, and Young Fathers, jazz/hip-hop gurus Robert Glasper and Chris Dave, innovators of song Lambchop, Punch Brothers, and Laura Mvula, firebrand poet-performer Kae Tempest, singer-composer Caroline Shaw, and many more besides - frequently making their debut appearances in the Czech Republic.