General Admission: $20
When Iva Bittová takes the stage, she brings the audience into an enthralling musical universe. If she is performing solo, the multifaceted and charismatic Czech composer and improviser extends the range of both the human voice and her violin. Singing, bowing, plucking, and dancing simultaneously, she evokes everything from gypsy dances, grand opera, and avant‐garde jazz to birdsong and forest animal cries. “She is a force of nature,” says composer Fred Frith. And if Bittová is collaborating with other musicians—as she has done with the Bang On a Can All‐Stars, Slovakian composer Vladimír Godár, pianist Lisa Moore, bassist George Mraz, clarinetist Don Byron, choreographer Wendy Osserman, and, since 2013, in a new trio named EVIYAN with clarinetist Evan Ziporyn and guitarist Gyan Riley—she shares what Bang On a Can’s Mark Stewart calls “an attractive and thril ling and beautiful and mirthful and serious world.”
For the listener, the sensual and fervent space Bittová creates is, according to CMJ, “so intimate and personal you can almost feel her breath on your ears.” As New York Magazine put it, “Her sound is invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new‐music sensibilities, infused with the spirit and language of Czech, Slovak, and Moravian music.” Born in Bruntal, in northern Moravia, and conservatory‐trained in both music and drama, Bittová first established her reputation in Europe and Japan. She first performed in North America in 1992.
“Iva Bittová is an extraordinary artist. Raw and refined, passionate and contained, she has the soul of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius.” –NPR/All Things Considered
“Ms. Bittová is 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.” –The New York Times
“... a forward thinking composer who sings and plays violin simultaneously... Her sound is invigorating, urgent, and also soothing; it is a fusion of Old World and new-‐music sensibilities, infused with the spirit and language of Czech, Slovak, and Moravian music.” –New York Magazine
“... an innovative artist who shows how even one small body can transform a world of noise into stunning music.” –Los Angeles Times