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Iva Bittova

Iva Bittová’s countryman Milan Kundera wrote how Europe’s “small nations” form another Europe. The violinist-vocalist may be ‘small nation’ Czech but her musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel. [50 words] by Ken Hunt Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in northern Moravia in what was then Czechoslovakia – and nowadays the Czech Republic. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother Ludmila was a pre-school teacher who spent most of her life with her family; her father Koloman Bitto – Bittová is the surname’s female form – was a musician strongly influenced by the land of his birth – southern Slovakia


Article: Album Review

Paolo Angeli: Jar'a

Read "Jar'a" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In a recording career that began in 1995, prepared guitarist Paolo Agneli's has toggled between solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, Evan Parker, Takumi Fukushima and Iva Bittova. But whether in partnership or solo, the Sardinian's music stubbornly resists categorization. Elements of free-jazz, post-rock, folk, noise and electronic soundscaping are ...


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Paolo Angeli: 22.22 Free Radiohead

Read "22.22 Free Radiohead" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There are almost as many strings to guitarist Paolo Angeli's bow as there are on his customized instrument. Ethnomusicologist, researcher and international arts festival director, Angeli plays in duos with Hamid Drake, Iva Bittova and Fred Frith. It's as a solo performer, however, that the Sardinian guitarist is probably best known. On this hour-long solo suite, ...


Article: Live Review

Something Else! Festival 2019

Read "Something Else! Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Something Else! St. John the Evangelist Church Hamilton, Ontario June 20-23, 2019 I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception ...


Article: Book Review

The Other Night at Quinn's

Read "The Other Night at Quinn's" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The Other Night at Quinn's: New Adventures In The Sonic Underground Mike Faloon 269 Pages ISBN: #978-1-941576-24-3 Razorcake / Gorsky Press 2018 In addition to absorbing the sounds on recordings and live performances, the traditional route to an appreciation of jazz and improvised music usually entails seeking out the ...


Article: Album Review

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

Read "Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Fragment I; Fragment II; Fragment III; Fragment IV; Fragment V; Fragment VI; Fragment VII; Fragment VIII; Fragment IX; Fragment X; Fragment XI; Fragment XII.


Article: Profile

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 ...


News: Event

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 ...

Article: Album Review

Iva Bittová: Iva Bittová

Read "Iva Bittová" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

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 ...


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