Abraham Brody brings us into the rich and earthy world of his Lithuanian and Ukrainian roots. He creates innovative compositions and arrangements based on the ancient traditions of Lithuania–reinventing and reworking Rye-reaping chants, Midsummer songs, and rain invocations, often using loop pedals and other effects to spin an enticing, contemporary style sound-world. The combination of violin, loop pedals, jew’s harp, and other traditional instruments are drawn together by Abraham’s powerful voice, in a performance which brings us from bustle of city life back to our ancient roots, through the dreamy melodies of Lithuania and Ukraine.
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.
Together, two talented musicians with the same feeling and raw energy for performance. Improvisation and spontaneity play a large part in their collaborations, exploring all the possibilities and dimensions of the violin and voice.
A few words on Iva Bittová...
THE NEW YORK TIMES: A true cosmopolitan, but she remains grounded in local expressions, and her own physicality. She takes on the role of the singer as town crier whose voice animates the old myths and current news. Ms. Bittová’s town is her self, ruled by the rhythms of sexuality, the flights of her imagination and the realities of modern social life.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: An innovative artist who shows how even one small body can transform a world of noise into stunning music.
JAZZWINE UK: One of Europe’s great musical innovators and traditionalists. She is also one of those truly rare musicians capable of an artistic balancing act that maintains a nodding acquaintance with the musical rule book while having a passionate affair with non-conformity.