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The best kept secret in music

Press


"Best performance of Summer 2003"

The best performance at the summer festival in Pilsen was the concert by singer Lenka Dusilová. There were a thousand people in Republic Square.

- Plzensky denik (Pilsen Daily)


"50 most wanted women in the Czech Republic"

In appearance and character, she is a tough woman.

(According to Instinkt magazine, Lenka Dusilova is the ninth most popular woman in the Czech Republic.) - Instinkt Magazine


"CD review quote (Report Magazine)"

[Spatøit svìtlo svìta] is one of the best CDs of the year.

(Review by J. Petrièko) - Report Magazine


"Interview with Killing Joke`s Jaz Coleman"

Lenka Dusilová is a great talent, she is only just reaching her prime.

- Reflex Magazine


"CD review quote (People`s Newspaper)"

Spatøit svìtlo svìta is an album of subtle colors, some of which can be perceived even on the first hearing, others that you will discover after listening to it over and over.

- Lidove Noviny (People`s Newspaper)


Discography

SOLO:
2003 - Spatrit Svetlo Sveta (Universal)
2000 - Lenka Dusilova (B&M)

with PUSA:
1996 - Pusa (BMG)

with SLUNICKO:
1996 - Slunicko (BMG)

music for theatre
2004 - THEATRE CONTINUO - "Under the Surface"
2003 - THEATRE CONTINUO - "Kratochvileni"

music for film
2004 - “Snowboarïáci”
1998 - "Mrtvej Brouk" (B&M)
1995 - "Posledni Presun" (B&M)

as a guest:
2003 - LUCIE - Lucie v Opere (Sony) also on DVD
2001 - CECHOMOR - Live (Universal)
2000 - CECHOMOR & JAZ COLEMAN - Promeny (Universal)
1999 - DANIEL LANDA - Smrtihlav (EMI)
1997 - LUCIE - Pohyby (B&M)
1994 - LUCIE - Cerny Kocky Mokry Zaby (B&M)

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Lenka Dusilová is one of the shining stars of Czech popular music. Called "a great talent" by British vocalist-keyboard player-composer Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke fame, she won the Angel Award (the Czech equivalent of the Grammy) as best female vocalist of 2000 and was nominated again for 2003. She was voted best female vocalist of 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 by readers of the most influential Czech music magazine, Report. She tours regularly in the Czech Republic, and has begun appearing on stages throughout Europe.

She made her U.S. debut in Spring 2004, showcasing an acoustic set on a 16-date tour that included appearances in San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill), Berkeley (Blake’s), Los Angeles (Liquid Den), New York (Knitting Factory), and Washington, D.C. (Czech Embassy). She also performed in Denver, Chicago, San Jose, Fairfax CA, Redondo Beach CA, and San Luis Obispo.

After fronting several well-known Czech rock bands, Dusilová launched her solo career in 1999. In 2001, she worked with Jaz Coleman and Cechomor, the Czech Republic`s preeminent folk-rock band, on the CD "Promeny" (Transformations), upon which she and Coleman sing an English-language version of the title song. She and Coleman are collaborating on a CD project, for which they have recorded for two of her songs.

She has recorded and will continue to perform with the band Secretion: Marek Svoboda and Martin Ledvina (guitar), Marek Zeleny (bass and synthesizer), Michael Kyselka (harmonica), Stepan Smetacek (drums) and David Landstof (percussion) until Fall 2004. Inspired by her U.S. tour, she is exploring new musical directions and devoting her energies toward smaller, acoustic musical projects. She is preparing material for an acoustic CD to be recorded in Prague, San Francisco and New York in late 2004.

Her second CD, "Spatrit svetlo sveta" (Coming Into the Light of the World) was released in April 2003, and is en route to becoming a gold record (10,000 units sold) in the Czech market, The CD contains 11 original songs, plus an Arthur Rimbaud poem set to Lenka`s music.

Her first solo CD, "Lenka Dusilová", was released in 2000 and was certified gold as of 2002. A single from that CD, "Pro Tebe" (For You) stayed in the IFPI Top 20 (analogous to Billboard) for eight weeks.

During Summer 2003, she composed and performed music for Theatre Continuo’s multimedia piece "Kratochvileni", which was performed in the courtyard of a castle near the historic city of Ceske Budejovice. After returning from her U.S. tour, she put the finishing touches on music for Continuo"s latest production, "Pod Hladinou" (Under the Surface).

Dusilová began singing professionally as a child, performing with her mother and older brother at music festivals. She joined the world-renowned children`s choir Bambini di Praga in 1988 at the age of 13.

From 1991 to 1995 she was leader of the rock band Slunícko (Little Tiny Sun), which released an eponymous CD in 1994, won the Marlboro Rock ’94 competition, and opened the Open Air Gampell music festival in Switzerland. The band was nominated for the 1994 Czech Academy of Music "Discovery of the Year" Angel Award.

After leaving Slunicko she and two musicians from the popular pop-rock band Lucie, David Koller and Marta Minarik, formed the band Pusa (Kiss/Mouth). The song "Muka" (Agony) from their CD "Pusa" was nominated for the Angel Award in 1996. She and Koller also collaborated on the soundtracks for two films, "Mrtvej Brouk" (1998) and Posledni Presun (1995). She is currently working on songs for the film "Snowboard'áci" (The Snowboard Guys).

In the mid-’90s she performed with Lucie, playing guitar and singing on the CDs "Cerný Kocky Mokry Zaby" (Black Cats Wet Frogs) and "Pohyby" (Motion) The band opened for the 1995 Rolling Stones show in Prague`s Strahov Stadium.