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Lenka Dusilová, several times over the winner of the Czech annual Andel Awards, is by no means accustomed to stagnation or repetition of things done before. She has evolved into an outstanding phenomenon of the Czech music scene: from her launching pad as a rock and pop star, she has been progressing to a highly individual expression uninhibitedly absorbing impulses coming from the widest variety of styles as well as extra-musical experiences. The project entitled Eternal Seekers, on which she collaborates closely with Clarinet Factory and with Beata Hlavenková, represents yet another relevant stage of her pursuit.
Her most mature recording so far is the genre-defying album, Mezi svìty (2006), featuring Czech and American musicians (including the drummer Scott Amendola, who has played with Madeleine Peyroux and Bill Frisell). In 2007, Lenka made a U.S. tour (during which she also played alongside the icon of modern country music, Emmylou Harris), and back on the Czech scene, she became engaged in an unpublicized process of teaming up with the members of the postjazz outfit, Vertigo Quintet.
Shortly before that, she guest-appeared in traditional songs on new tracks recorded by the band Èechomor, and still felt echoes of her previous unconstrained work with the theatre group Continuo, which had tested out her qualities as a singer-songwriter and a spontaneous performer.
With Eternal Seekers she is delivering a surprising yet thoroughly natural synthesis of all these earlier inspirations. This time out, Dusilová turned for texts primarily to Bogdan Trojak, a poet, and winner of the Jiøí Orten Prize and the Magnesia Litera annual literary award. Apart from that, the programme also draws – surprisingly for some – on other, fairly disparate sources of inspiration: namely, the poetry of Franti¹ek Halas, plus a song, never recorded, with which then fifteen-year-old Lenka Dusilová embarked on her career with the Prague rock outfit Sluníèko. With Eternal Seekers Lenka Dusilová is bringing a fresh proof of her work’s innermost qualities: boldness, suggestive force, and accessibility.
Lenka Dusilova have won an array of czech awards:
2012 - ANGEL" Awards of Czech Music Academy - Best Female Singer of The Year
2008 / ANGEL" Awards of Czech Music Academy - Best Female Singer of The Year
2005 / 2xANGEL Awards of Czech Music Academy - Best Rock Album & Female Singer of the Year
2002 /ZEBRIK Awards of Report Music Magazine - Female Singer of The Year
2001 / 2x ANGEL Awards of Czech Music Academy - Best Song & an Album of the Year w. Czechomor
2001 / ZEBRIK Awards of Report Music Magazine - Female Singer of The Year
2000 / ANGEL Awards of Czech Music Academy - Best Female Singer of The Year
2000 / ZEBRIK Award of Report Music Magazine - Female Singer of The Year
Lenka Dusilova have played over two thousants shows and sold over 250 000 albums since 1994...
Beata Hlavenkova - Keyboard/vocal
Lenka Dusilova - Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar / Looping
Viliam Beres - Keyboard/vocal
Patrick Karpentski - Vocal, bass and el. guitar
Martin Novak - Vocals, Drums, Octopad
2012 Lenka Dusilova - BAROMANTIKA (100PRO/CZ)
2011 Eternal Seekers - ETERNAL SEEKERS
(Animal Music / CZ)
2006 Lenka Dusilova - Between Worlds/Mezi Svety
(Yonas Media /US, CA)
2005 Lenka Dusilova - Mezi Svety (Universal Music / CZ)
2004 Lenka Dusilova - Unearthed
(Playing Field Records / US, ILL)
2002 Lenka Dusilova - Spatrit Svetlo Sveta
(Universal Music / CZ)
2000 Lenka Dusilova - Lenka Dusilova (Universal Music / CZ)
1996 Pusa - Pusa ( BMG Ariola / CZ)
1994 Slunicko - Slunicko (BMG Ariola / CZ)
LD like a special guest:
2012 Iva Bittova - Zvon (Animal Music, CZ)
2012 Dorota Barova Feat. (Indies Scope, EU)
2012 Vaclav Neckar - Dobry Casy (Supraphon, CZ)
2012 Kasparek v Rohliku - Kasparek Navzdy (Indies Scope, EU)
2011 Janek Jaryn - Ty Lidi (Indies Scope, EU)
2010 Kvety - Myau (Indies Scope, EU)
2009 Beata Hlavenkova - Joy for Joel (Animal music, CZ)
2007 Miro Zbirka - Best Of 1993-2003 (Decca Records)
2007 MED - Med (Amplion Rec., CZ)
2006 Cechomor - Co sa stalo LIVE, CD +DVD (Sony BMG, CZ)
2006 Vertigo Quintet - Live U Stare Pani (Amplion Rec., CZ)
2005 Cechomor - Co sa stalo nove (Sony BMG, CZ)
2003 Cechomor - Promeny Tour 2003, CD +DVD (Universal music, CZ)
2003 Lucie - Lucie in Opera, CD + DVD (Sony BMG, CZ)
2002 Cechomor - Cechomor Live, CD + DVD (Wenkow Music/Universal Music, CZ)
2001 Cechomor - Promeny (Wenkow Rec./Universal music, CZ)
2000 Cechomor - Cechomor (Wenkow Rec., CZ)
1998 Lucie - Pohyby Live, CD + DVD (BM music/Universal music, CZ)
1997 Meky Zbirka - Meky (Universal Music, CZ)
1996 Lucie - Pohyby (BM Music/Universal music, CZ)
1994 Lucie - Cerny kocky, mokry zaby (BM music/Universal music, CZ)
2011 - Rodina je zaklad Statu (A film by Robert Sedlacek
2010 - Mamas & Papas A film by Alice Nellis (Bonton Film)
2009 - Veni Vidi Vici (Metropolis Film Servis, CZ)
2008 - The Wrong Mr. Johnson O.S.T. (a Film by Carl Harera)
2007 - Vsechno nejlepsi O.S.T. (Sony Music, CZ)
2004 - Snowbordaci O.S.T. (Sony Music, CZ)
1998 - Mrtvej Brouk (BontonFilm Alfa, CZ)
1995 - Posledni Presun (Astra Film, CZ)
2012 SPITFIRE COMPANY - One Step Before the Fall
2010 TANTE HORSE - Silent Love
2003 THEATRE CONTINUO - Kratochvileni
The demanding explorations of Lenka Dusilová
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The 2005 album Mezi svìty (Between Worlds) gave Lenka Dusilová the reputation of a mature musician c...The 2005 album Mezi svìty (Between Worlds) gave Lenka Dusilová the reputation of a mature musician capable of looking for new paths to her own expression.
Three years later, she's coming back as the lead singer of a new ensemble on a new album entitled Eternal Seekers. Working together with jazz composer Beata Hlavenková, the band Clarinet Factory and poet Bogdan Trojak, she has created her most sophisticated and demanding album so far.
Eternal Seekers is not music for everyone and it is not suited for any occasion. That is probably why the album was published in a small intellectual series by the weekly Respekt.
If you have so far labelled Dusilová as a nonconformist rocker, you will have to accept the fact that she has now moved to a rather different area. Already in her previous album she started leaning towards a more contemplative, even mysterious expression, and Eternal Seekers is a natural continuation of that trend.
Beata Hlavenková studied composition in the Czech Republic and the US, and she has worked on a number of jazz projects. She is currently the leader of her own trio, accompanied by Ras»o Uhrik on the double-bass and Pavel "Bady" Zboøil from J.A.R. on the drums, as well as occasional guests including Ilustratosphere's Jiøí Slavíèek.
The Clarinet Factory, a quartet of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts graduates, have in the past 10 years devoted themselves to experimentation, exploring the limits of the instrument.
An indispensable part of the ensemble is the author of most lyrics, Bogdan Trojak. The poet and vintner was awarded the Magnesia Litera prize for Czech literature in 2005.
Eternal Seekers are above all a demanding record. If you are looking for something to play while you drive or work, or if you just need to populate your computer playlist, then grab anything else, as Eternal Seekers would be a very bad choice. The album is designed for those who want to concentrate on the music and savour it.
At first you will probably get excited by the perfect quality of the recording, produced by Milan Cimfe, which exactly fits the proportions of Eternal Seekers' music. A bit later you will recognise Dusilová's handwriting, which dominates the whole record.
Yet, she has not overshadowed the other project participants. Beata Hlavenková's jazzy piano background and the Clarinet Factory's winds will soon plug in, complemented by guest bassist Tomá¹ Li¹ka and two percussionists from Lenka's own band, whose rhythms enhance the singer's dominating influence.
In general, it's all about jazz, minimalism and, again, the eternal exploration of new paths. The style could be roughly likened to Bárta's Ilustratosphere.
When listening to Eternal Seekers, it may be a good idea to open the booklet instead of a bottle of wine and follow the lyrics with your eyes. Trojak's poems, full of abstract metaphors, are hard to grasp on paper, let alone in a song. His fascinating, colourful and original poetry gives the project an extra dimension by arousing a dialogue between you as the reader and you as the listener.
The only objectionable feature of Eternal Seekers, one that can be traced throughout the whole playlist, is that the music tends to be somewhat mannered and sterile. The project combines the work of top musicians with brilliant lyrics - but it is precisely the perfect, polished forms that somewhat obscure the imperfect human qualities that would like to be heard, even if the singing were a bit out of key.
Eternal Seekers: Lenka Dusilová, Beata Hlavenková & Clarinet Factory. The CD is sold as a supplement to the weekly Respekt.
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Eternal Seekers Clarinet Factory, Lenka Dusilová, Beáta Hlavenková (Respekt CZ) In another ...Eternal Seekers
Clarinet Factory, Lenka Dusilová, Beáta Hlavenková
In another genre-defying work from 2008, the modern wind quartet Clarinet Factory, pop-rock-folk singer Lenka Dusilová and jazz composer/keyboardist Beáta Hlavenková joined forces as Eternal Seekers. The result ranges somewhere between the chamber jazz of Roger Kellaway's Cello Quartet and the pop-symphonic ambitions of Brian Wilson, Paul Simon or perhaps even Peter Gabriel, without the rock 'n'roll-anchored wall of sound. Softening the sound are pop music elements drawn from the Czech melodic end of the spectrum; the four-member Clarinet Factory further mellows what might otherwise be a challenging listening effort. With all of the jazz and classical skills on board, listeners could perhaps wish for more of the edge of Bach, Bartók, Monk or even Zappa. But, on their eponymous debut, Eternal Seekers skillfully provide a seamless and pleasurable listening experience that can only make us hope their search continues.
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Lenka`s Set List
(30min - 100min):
If I`d Love You
We Don`t Dare
Vlci Oci (Beasty Eyes)
Litaci (Flying Song)
Wheels of Desire
Pro Lenku (For Lenka)
The Last One Standing Here
Spatrit Svetlo Sveta (UnEarthed)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.