by Peter Aaron
Bittova’s style fuses early and modern classical music, rock, and the folk and gypsy melodies of her native land, where she rose to fame with the alternative rock band Dunaj. Since emigrating to the U.S., she has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, and released solo albums on Nonesuch and ECM Records. Hill, an early pioneer of harmonic singing with David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, has been called a virtuoso of the technique by the New York Times and has worked with Pete Seeger, Jeff Buckley, John Cage, and Pauline Oliveros. Fajt, Bittova’s son, is a pianist and percussionist, and, like Bittova and Hill, a composer.
Here’s a cut from At Home, the new album by Bittova and her band Cikori:
Iva Bittova, Timothy Hill, and Antonin Fajt will perform at MaMA in Stone Ridge on March 11 at 8pm; the voice workshop will take place from 1 to 6pm. The workshop is open to all and will consist of two two-hour sessions separated by a one-hour break. The cost is $100 for the workshop and concert, or $20 for the concert only. For more information, call (845) 687-6090 or visit http://www.cometomama.org/.