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Emil Viklicky & George Mraz: Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again

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In European jazz the assimilation of folkloric influences has become commonplace as the American vernacular--or more specifically the Great American Songbook--exerts less of a hold. Czech musicians pianist Emil Viklický and bassist George Mraz's collaborations on Morava (Fantasy/Milestone 2001)--with drummer Billy Hart and singer Zuzana Lapcikova--and Moravian Gems (Cube-Métier 2007) with singer/violinist Iva Bittova and drummer ...


Iva Bittova: Knowing, Feeling...

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[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 ...


Emil Viklicky "The Janacek Of Jazz" Plays Rare London Gig At Spice Of Life October 31

Emil Viklicky "The Janacek Of Jazz" Plays Rare London Gig At Spice Of Life October 31

Czech jazz pianist Emil Viklicky returns to the UK to play a rare, one-off gig at the Spice of Life, in Soho, London on Thursday, October 31st. Appearing in his favorite setting of a trio, Viklicky is joined by double bassist Petre Dvorsky and drummer Tomas Hobzek. Often described as “the Janacek of jazz”, Viklicky has spent ...


Iva Bittová: Iva Bittová

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Attrice, cantante, violinista e compositrice, la ceca Iva Bittová è da molti anni una ben nota e apprezzata performer di impossibile collocazione anche stilistica, unendo in modo originale improvvisazione e classicismo, radici folk morave e jazz. Dopo la sua partecipazione al disco Mater, di Vladimír Godár, uscito per ECM alcuni anni fa, Manfred Eicher le ha ...


Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...

Iva Bittova: Iva Bittova

Read "Iva Bittova" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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 ...


Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can takes over Alice Tully Hall presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in a triple-bill birthday bash on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years during 2012, having grown from a one-day ...


Vladimir Godar / Iva Bittova: Mater

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Finalmente un compositore che dichiara di non credere nell’avanguardia! Era ora che qualcuno avesse il coraggio di ammetterlo! Pur con tutto l’amore e l’interesse nutrito verso le visioni avveniristiche, spregiudicate e rivoluzionarie che le avanguardie hanno prospettato, ed in particolare verso una loro certa idea di progresso dell’arte, bisogna ammettere che è ben difficile oggigiorno riporre la stessa ...