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Iva Bittova, the unparalleled Czech violinist/singer/composer, has teamed up with the dynamic Bang on a Can All-Stars for an unforgettable recording.
Her first major US release since her eponymous debut on Nonesuch in 1998, Elida (the name is a brand of soap from the composer's childhood) finds Bittova using the All-Stars as her orchestra. Sweeping piano lines meet full string ensemble settings, while clarinet improvisations meet electric guitar noise. The music is sophisticated, direct, yet also edgy and nostalgic. Elida mixes Eastern European classical music and folk traditions with angular string writing and heart-breaking Czech vocal melodies.
Iva Bittova: Maliri v Parizi (Painters in Paris)
Maliri v Parizi (Painters in Paris)
Iva Bittova: Bolis me, Lasko (You're Hurting Me Babe)
Bolis me, Lasko (You're Hurting Me Babe)
Iva Bittova: Ladna Celadna
Iva Bittova: Samota (Loneliness)
Iva Bittova: Hopahop Talita
Iva Bittova: Zapishej (Whistle)
Iva Bittova: Elida
Iva Bittova: Presto
Iva Bittova: Nejsi
“[Bittova's] violin playing can be lilting and lovely, infused with nostalgia, and it can also splinter into shards of scraped, raw sound or constrict into tense clusters of pizzicato. Her singing ranges from lullaby-sweet to tunelessly feral. In her lyrics, figues lured from childhood myths float through a moonlit landscape of sensual confusion”