Iva Bittová (born 1958 in Bruntál, Czech Republic) is among many other things a writer, singer, actor and violinist. Her stage appearances are a whirling trip taking in jazz, folk, New Music and sound poetry. Bittová combines her instrumental and vocal art with her own texts an such different sources as Moravian folk music and Gertrude Stein’s complex work.
Coming from a musical family, Bittová took ballet and violin lessons from an early age. She later went on to study acting, singing, violin and composition. Even as a child she played various roles in Czech film and television productions. She performs regularly in Europe, the USA and Japan. She is a successful soloist, but has also worked with Hamid Drake, Marc Ribot, David Krakauer, Don Byron, David Moss, Bill Frisell and others. As well as pursuing her text and music career, Bittová continues to work as an actor. In 2004 she played Zena in the film Želary, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Iva Bittová lived for several years in Lelekovice, a village near Brno. In 2007 she moved to the USA, where she now lives in the north of upstate New York. She has released more than 20 CDs since the late 1980s.
Publications (CD selection):
Moravian Gems (Cube-Metier, 2007 )
Vladimír Godár (Mater: ECM, 2007), CD Susumu Yokota (Skintone, 2006)
DVD: Superchameleon (Indies, 2006)
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