Iva Bittová

skrzypce, śpiew

czwartek, 25 października, godz. 19:00

Czeska awangardowa skrzypaczka, wokalistka, aktorka, ur. w 1958 w Bruntálu, w północnych Morawach, w muzycznej rodzinie. Jako formatywne doświadczenie dla całej późniejszej kariery wymienia występy w słynnym eksperymentalnym teatrze Gęś na postronku (Divadlo Husa na provázku) w Brnie. W latach 80. wróciła do muzyki, studiując w klasie skrzypiec Rudolfa Šťastnego w Akademii Muzycznej w Brnie. W 1984 związała się z perkusistą Pavlem Fajtem z rockowej grupy Dunaj, z nim też nagrała pierwszą płytę Bittová + Fajt (1985) z elementami alternatywnego rocka oraz cygańskiej i słowiańskiej muzyki ludowej. W połączeniu z rozszerzonymi technikami wykonawczymi, stało się to charakterystyczne dla performansów Bittovej. Zauważona przez Freda Fritha, który wykorzystał muzykę kolejnej płyty Bittovej i Fajta Svatba (1987), wydaną już za granicą, w swoim filmie Step Across the Border, w późniejszych latach współpracowała z czołowymi przedstawicielami awangardy – poza Fredem Frithem także z Tomem Corą, grupami Art Zoyd, Bang on a Can. Obecnie wraz z synem Antonínem (także muzykiem) mieszka pod Nowym Jorkiem.

 

 

Iva Bittova – violin, voice

Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in northern Moravia in Czechoslovakia (nowadays the Czech Republic). Both of her parents were musicians. Her father Koloman Bitto was a musician strongly influenced by the land of his birth – southern Slovakia. His main instruments were string bass, cimbalom, guitar, and trumpet. This exceptional ability to play almost any instrument he laid his hands on, whether performing in classical or folk music styles, proved a major influence on his three daughters as they grew up. Both of Iva’s sisters – her older sister Ida and her younger sister Regina – are professional drama and music performers.

Iva attended drama pre-school, specializing in violin and ballet. She graduated from the Music Conservatory in Brno with a degree in drama and music. During her studies, Iva took part-time as an actress and musician in Brno’s Divadlo Husa na provázku (Goose On A String Theater). She cites these engagements as some of the most formative and influential of her life.

Around this time she also featured as an actress in radio, TV and movie productions. Later on, while working full time in theater, she re-kindled her interest in playing violin, an instrument she had set aside in her younger years. After her father’s early death, she decided to follow in his professional footsteps as an instrumentalist and by composing her own music.

In 1982 Iva started studying with Rudolf Šťastný, the primarius of the Moravian String Quartet. In the intervening years the violin has become her life’s passion and the most inspiring musical instrument in her professional life.
After living in the countryside near Brno for 17 years, Iva decided to relocate her personal and professional life to the United States. In the Summer of 2007, she settled amid the splendors of nature in upstate New York. Iva shares her Hudson Valley home with her younger son Antonín (born 1991) – also a dedicated musician and another chip off the Bitto block.

In 2015 she finished her musicology studies at the Academy of Ancient Music of the Masaryk University in Brno and received a bachelor’s degree.

Ken Hunt