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Iva Bittova: Knowing, Feeling...

Read "Iva Bittova: Knowing, Feeling..." reviewed by Ian Patterson

[Note: This article was first published in Music & Literature, a North American magazine dedicated to promoting artists worthy of wider attention] Iva Bittová is a rare talent. She has developed a personal idiom and vocabulary that is almost entirely her own. Her sound, her very personal language, forged from the union of violin and voice, cannot be categorized yet is immediately recognizable. Bittová is, quite simply, inimitable. Though she is not the first artist ...

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Iva Bittova: Iva Bittova

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The catch-all term avant-garde is often used to describe singer/violinist Iva Bittová's music, but in truth her musical language--kaleidoscopic in color and unique in presentation--is essentially unclassifiable. A well known actress, Bittová expanded her horizons to music in the early eighties, since when she's bounced from Bartok to experimental rock, and from folk-influenced jazz to her collaboration with innovative New York ensemble Bang on a Can. Bittová's eclecticism is evident on her debut as leader for ECM, an intimate solo ...

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Iva Bittova: Iva Bittova

Read "Iva Bittova" reviewed by John Kelman

In its four-plus decade career, ECM Records has done more to blur, stretch and dissolve musical boundaries than any other label on the planet. With the world becoming a smaller place it's also become a fertile breeding ground for cross-cultural, cross-genre cross-pollination, with ECM on the vanguard of the inevitable consequences, having released countless examples of a fearless rejection of anything but the idea that music is simply music. Yes, there are delineations, but only for the purposes of trying ...


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