• 1961

    influenced by the poetry of minor theatre (especially the Semafor in Prague) and the songs of Bob Dylan, he began writing his own poetry and songs

  • 1963

    Nostalgický nonstop for a student theatre in Prague, and a play including songs, entitled Explozivní putna

  • the mid-1960s

    started composing songs in his local Pezinok dialect

  • 1968

    wrote the film score for Pesnyčky o vojákoch, dzifčencoch a o smrci (directed by Jozef Pálka, vocals by Michal Dočolomanský); partial lyrics were published in the student publication ECHO under the pseudonym of Jakub Juó; his first public appearance during the August occupation

  • 1974

    Ján Fajnor made a documentary about Bindzár, entitled Ze strnyska vetr píska (which was first broadcast in 1998)

  • 1978

    appeared in the film Víťaz with the song Po štreke lásky večne musím mašírovat dál

  • 1979

    performed at the Divadle u Rolanda theatre (the only theatre dedicated to song in Slovakia at that time); a regular guest performer of the Slnovrat folk ensemble

  • 1981

    musical collaboration on the documentary film by Ján Fajnor, Vlasto, about the cyclist, Vlastimil Ružička

  • 1983

    cooperated on the children's work Ako Winetú Jánošíka ratoval, which was captured on film in a television documentary entitled Divadlo bez tmy

  • 1986

    appeared at the Folkforum in Martin, where he met with great acclaim; he went on to appear at the following scenes: the Bratislava Folk Winter, the Folk Christmas in Trenčín, at events in Valašske Meziříčí, and at clubs throughout Moravia and Slovakia; he also made the full-length film Okresné blues, featuring the songwriter Ján Duban in a starring role

  • 1988

    helped organise the Pezinské obstrléze festival

  • 1989

    made the film ballads Vínečko krvavé, fijalkový koreň

  • 1991

    performed for the television series Pesničkári slovenskí

  • 1993

    directed a documentary entitled Spevavé stvorenia for the same channel

  • 2006

    revitalised the Spievanky project

  • currently works as a successful author and dramaturge

From the very beginning, Juraj Bindzár has been a highly original, self-taught songwriter. The writer, Štefan Moravčík, once wrote: "Bindzár's scalpel cuts deep; uncompromisingly and directly, but gently. It is the howling of a hound, which does not want to deprive us of anything. It bares its teeth, because it guards the raw, vernacular heart that beats in all of us..." Paradoxically, the less Bindzár appeared at public concerts, the more his songs became popular. This testifies to their power and vivacity. However, those who have been lucky enough to hear this Slovak songwriting legend singing live can only guess at just how much physical effort was invested into his vocal performance: "At his concerts, he props his crutches against a chair beside him, just as spontaneously and naturally as the way he sets aside his harmonica when it is not needed." He demonstrates to his fellow travellers just how wonderful it is to embark upon a long-distance run...

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