Thursday, August 13, 2009

Just Announced: Calder Quartet and Iva Bittová w/ music of Janáček and Fred Frith


Calder Quartet
Caldera Quartet an LA based string quartet specializing in classical and contemporary repertoire as well as discovering young, emerging composers and pursuing unique collaborations. We perform different eras and genres of music side by side so that both types of music are seen in a new light. A lot of the music we play is sometimes hard to get at first listen but it’s the kind that deepens the more you listen to it. Your 10th listen is more intense than the 1st and that’s how you get hooked.

Iva Bittová
Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntal 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. 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.


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