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#36 Iva Bittová

19.11.2023 19.00


Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál 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.

Iva attended drama pre-school, specializing in violin and ballet. In due course she gained admittance to the Music Conservatory in Brno, often called the Czech Republic’s second city. She graduated in drama and music. During her studies, Iva took part-time engagements 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.

During Iva's residency at the "Handelsbeurs in Ghent," she found some time to exchange some thoughts. A few days later she gave a very convincing concert with Vladimír Václavek.

Playlist :

Iva Bittová + Dunaj : Kobylky (Iva Bittová + Dunaj - Panton  - 1989)

Iva Bittová + Dunaj : Sen (Iva Bittová + Dunaj - Panton  - 1989)

Iva Bittová : Hoboj (Oboe) (Iva Bittová - Pavian Records - 1991)

Iva Bittová, Cikorei : Zapískej (Iva Bittová, Čikori - Indies Records - 2001)

Bittová, Václavek : Uspávanka (Bílé Inferno - Indies Records - 1997)

Béla Bartók / Iva Bittová - Dorothea Kellerová : Teasing Song // Maypole Dance // Transylvanian Dance (44 Duets For Two Violins - Rachot Behémót - 1997)

Iva Bittová : Ne Nehledej (Ne Nehledej - Ariola - 1994)

Iva Bittová, Paolo Angeli : Attese (Sul Filo - AnMa Productions - 2020)

Fred Frith : Morning Song !Step Across The Border - RecRec Music - 1990)

Iva Bittová ~ Bang On A Can : Hopáhop Tálitá (Elida - Cantaloupe Music - 2005)

Vladimír Godár / Iva Bittová, Miloš Valent, Marek Štryncl : Mother Stood / Stálá Matka (Mater - Pavian Records - 2006)