: Artists

Iva Bittova

Biography

Iva Bittová’s countryman Milan Kundera wrote how Europe’s “small nations” form another Europe. The violinist-vocalist may be ‘small nation’ Czech but her musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel. [50 words] by Ken Hunt 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. Around this time she also featured as an actress in radio, TV and movie productions. Later on, while working full time in theater, she re-kindled her interest in playing violin, an instrument she had set aside in her younger years. After her father’s early death, she decided to follow in his professional footsteps as an instrumentalist and by composing her own music. In 1982, Iva started studying with Professor Rudolf __astn_, the primarius (first violin) of the Moravian String Quartet. In the intervening years the violin has become her life’s passion and the most inspiring musical instrument in her professional life. Iva firmly believes that, as playing the violin places extreme demands on musicians, the composer’s work depends utterly on commitment and diligence. After living in the countryside near Brno for 17 years, Iva decided to relocate her personal and professional life to the United States. In the Summer of 2007, she settled amid the splendors of nature in upstate New York. Iva shares her Hudson Valley home with her younger son Antonín (born 1991) – also a dedicated musician and another chip off the Bitto block. In 2015 I finished my studies at the Academy of Ancient Music / Musicology at the Masaryk University in Brno and received a bachelor’s degree. A few words from Iva: “For many years, I have worked in a range of musical genres, including jazz, rock, classical and opera. Deciding on a name for my style of music is far from over yet. Whatever it is, many of my listeners have long considered it highly original. It has always been everyday life that inspired my music and interpretations. Its inspiration has been total silence and an absolutely positive atmosphere. Those are the most important conditions and surroundings in which when my ideas spring into life. I believe they have a significant impact on my music.” “The violin accompanies me all the time. Everything around me is under its influence. There are difficult pieces to practice from which I gain discipline, confidence, and self–control – and a healthy measure of doubt. The violin is a mirror reflecting my dreams and imagination. I believe there are fundamentals to my performance, such as the music’s vibration and resonance between violin and my voice. Their ‘symphony’ leads me on to perfection, even though I know it never can be attained.”

Art form: musician, violinist and singer

Website: http://www.bittova.com/

Gilles Apap

Biography

Called “the exemplary Violinist of the twenty-first century” by Yehudi Menuhin, the French violinist became known around the world not only for his virtuoso interpretation of the standards of the classical repertoire, but also for his interest in all kind of traditional music such as American bluegrass, Gypsy music, Irish fiddling or traditional music from India which he performs with the same devotion, love and mastery with which he does Bach, Mozart or Ravel. Born in Algeria, Gilles Apap was raised in Nice where he studied the violin with André Robert, then later at the Conservatoire de Musique de Nice with Gustave Gaglio and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon with Veda Reynolds. He came to America to attend the Curtis Institute, and chose to settle in California where he held for some years the position of concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.His talent was recognized by Yehudi Menuhin in 1985, when Apap first brought himself to the attention of the great pedagogue by winning the Contemporary Music prize at the prestigious International Menuhin Competition. He gained the affection of Lord Menuhin, who asked him to perform in Berlin at the Philharmony Hall with the Enescu Foundation in 1989.Shortly before Menuhin passed away, they worked together on a film upon Mozart’s 3rd violin concerty, inspired by Apap’s cadenza in the 3rd movement. The film had posthumously been completed “in memoriam Yehudi Menuhin” by ARTE and is still regularly broadcasted by European TV stations. Nowadays, Gilles Apap’s engagements include concerts in western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Balkans, on both coasts of the United States; Canada, South America, New Zealand, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Israel and Australia.Aside most of the philharmonic orchestras of his home country France, he plays as a soloist with well-known orchestras around the world such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden, Hamburg, Nürnberg Philharmonics, just to name a few. Aside his work as a soloist, Apap is increasingly sought-after as musical leader of international Chamber orchestras, he appeared, among many others, at the Lille Mozart Festival, the festival de l’Ile de France, the Settembre Musica Torino/Milano, the Deutsche Mozartfestival, Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Int. Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele, Tokyo Festival, the legendary Paleo festival in Switzerland.With his trio, “Colors of Invention”, composed by well-known French soloists, such as the accordionist Myriam Lafargue, cymbalum player Ludovit Kovac and the double bass Philip Noharet, Apap is regularly performing concerts throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the U.S., Japan, Russia and South America.Aside from performing, Apap has taught at both the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland and the Menuhin School in London, as well as the University of Benares, India and holds numerous master classes every year at festivals and academies worldwide. He recorded 3 CDs for Sony Classical, but in 1999 he built his own record label Apapaziz Productions. Since then, he has released 6 classical albums with solo (“Hope you like violin?), symphonic (Mozart’s 3rd concerto w. the Sinfonia Varsovia) and chamber music (3 records with “The Colors of Invention”,“sans orchestre” the third of which was presented on the occasion of a tremendous successful concert at the prestigious Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie.)Apap’s discography is complemented by his album “friends” recorded with some of the stars of the international scene of ‘fiddl music’ and the CD “Gypsy Tunes – Californian style that is…” presenting Rumanian Dances by Bartok as well as Gypsy traditionals and standards by Django Reinhardt, Fats Weller, Bille Evans or Richard Rodgers Bruno Monsaingeon, noted for his films about Glenn Gould and Sviatoslav Richter, has made two documentaries featuring Apap: “The Unknown Fiddler of Santa Barbara” and “Gilles Apap Plays the Mozart Third Violin Concerto” recorded with the Sinfonia Varsovia and produced by ARTE. Another film, “Apap Masala” has been produced in spring 2004 in the US and in India, featuring some of the best classical violin players and teachers from India performing together with Apap classical mu- sic from both cultures, Europe and India. All three films have been and continue to be repeatedly broadcast by European TV channels.

Art form: musician, violinist

Website: http://gillesapap.com/gillesapap/

Shanglie Zhou

Biography

In 1991 Shanglie Zhou left Shanghai to settle in Antwerp. Her name already bears the notion of a bridge and a connection, since “Shanglie” is a compound of Shanghai, the place where she was born, and Leningrad, the place where her father was staying when she was born. Her first artistic experiments were a mix of Chinese elements and her Western artistic perceptions. After leaving her country and completing her studies in Antwerp, her work evolved from 2D to 3D, exploring the possibilities offered by space. In her recent works, she has tried using the daily life environment in which people perform routine tasks. Shanglie breaks out of the mould of the traditional workshop in favour of a space shared by everyone. To create a work, she prefers starting with the conditions offered by the context itself, inviting the audience to become really involved. In the past few years, she has integrated video into her work.

Art form: video maker

Website: http://www.shangliezhou.org/

Thierry Van Roy

Biography

Thierry Van Roy is a music alchemist. He has travelled all over the world, exploring the past and the future to create music born of cultures which have never met before. A composer, self-taught musician and music producer (Melanie Gabriel/Taïga Maya, Abdelli, Farafina, The Black Slavics etc.) and sound engineer (Insas), he is also an independent radio producer (music documentaries in Cape Verde, Angola, Yakutia, Mexico, Azerbaijan, trance music in Africa, shamanic music, green music, etc.), a video clip producer/editor (Taïga Maya) and a stage musician (Abdelli, Melanie Gabriel). Thierry also developed the concept of “music-fiction©”, creating music which could have existed by rewriting history. For the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, Thierry conducts music creation seminars and contributed to the programming of the Foundation’s world music concerts. He is particularly concerned with the disappearance of traditional cultures and works on their transmission in the modern age. His work philosophy is to create new, unheard-of music on the basis of different traditions, explore the hugely diverse range of sounds and instruments on our planet, and use music to transform humans and society.For him, art is the royal pathway enabling man to transcend himself and make society a better place. It is a language above all languages. When artists of whatever origin get together to create a piece, there is always a powerful, magic moment when “something” happens. Thierry is permanently looking for these moments of grace which transform him every time.Practising shamanic techniques for the past few years has changed his vision of the world and of art. If you consider that everything that has a shape is inhabited by a spirit – as is taught by all the shamanic traditions – you cannot but have infinite respect for your surroundings, starting with nature and those living in it. The capacity to create is simply the capacity to connect yourself to the universe and this is the direct source of art.

Art form: artistic producer

Barbara Valentino

Barbara Valentino is a singer specialized in vocal research. She has cooperated for several years with various associations, theatres, schools and musicians. She teaches vocal practice as a body language and devises training courses for teachers, youth workers and artists. She has been a member of the Theatre Della Voce in Bologna, a drama group focused on vocal research. Barbara regularly cooperates with the Ragazzi Testoni Theatre in Bologna. She also belongs to Cronopios Quartet, who research and experiment vocal group through popular singing and speaking, united by poetic gestures. Barbara currently chairs the Calicante Association in Bologna; a group specialized in popular songs. She has also been working for the MUS-E association in Bologna for eight years, where she proposes singing “laboratories” to children. Knowing your voice through the direct experience of singing is regarded by Barbara as one of the marvellous possibilities which are offered to us to discover the huge creative potential of human beings.

Isabelle Maurel

Biography

For the past twenty years, Isabelle has been studying and exploring improvisation, interdisciplinarity, proximity with all types of audience, performance and ground work about the five elements. She addressed these themes from a theoretical point of view on the basis of her studies in art history and ethnology as well as from a practical point of view through dancing: improvised dances in different cultural contexts and certain African and Afro-American dances. The initiator of many choreographic works, she also plays an active part in the MUS-E programme in Paris.

Art form: dancer

Website: https://www.facebook.com/imaurel

Antonino Talamo

Biography

Musician, Percussionist, Instrumentalist for live and studio recordings, Teacher, Pedagogue. He studied with Maestro Peppe Sannino, to perfect his skill in the Afro-Cuban musical styles (Mambo, Rumba, Mozambique, etc.) with instruments such as the congas, timbani, bongo, Guiro, Maracas and keyboards. He later perfects the Rumba style with Maestro Giovanni Imparato.In 1999 he studies the music of the Brazilian capoeira (with emphasis on the study of the berimbau), in order then to widen his skills in Afro-Brazilian percussions and in the characteristic styles of the Samba schools as well as the typical rhythms of the North West of Brazil (Samba Enredo, Samba Pagode, Samba Reggae, Timbalada, Maracatù de Baque Virado, and the more famous rhythms of the Candomblè etc. Played on all the traditional instruments with the typical techniques and pronunciation. He then starts to perform regularly on the stages of the reputed and famed clubs of Naples and its province and participates in the mains jam sessions of the most significant musical events.He perfects the Pandeiro by playing and corresponding with Giovanni Coraggio, Gilson Silveira, Nicola Russo and more recently Nunzio Toscano. Studies and plays the Darbuka (Turkish and Arabic technique) as well as the Riq with Francesco Manna, Michele Maione, Luca Cioffi.He collaborates with the most noted belly dancers of Naples (Samara Flora de Caro, Sandy D’aly, Klemcy Salza).

Art form: musician

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cosaltro

Quentin Dujardin

Biography

Born in Dinant, Quentin enters at an early age the world of classical music with his father. For ten years he attends the Ciney Academy following courses of guitar, harmony, music theory and history and chamber music. Around the age of 15 a musical revelation opens up the doors to jazz. And so he embarks on the quest of improvisation with Pierre van Dormael who remains one of the most relevant references in this field. Aged 17 after attending several seminars, he wishes to pursue his musical training at the Vlaamse Koninklijke Conservatorium of Brussels. Five years later he records with Diederik Wissels his first album entitled “La Fontaine de Gore”. After obtaining his diploma from the Conservatoire in “jazz and light music”, he decides for a year to perfect composing film scores with Dirk Brossé at the Ghent Conservatoire. Guided by his interest in others and inspired by his many travels, Quentin Dujardin shared the life of the most intense communities: the Gypsies of Andalusia or of Rajasthan, the Gnawas of Morocco, the Guaranis Indians of Paraguay or the Vezos of Madagascar. Forever searching, the universe of this guitar playing is truly unique as it draws its strength from his personal experiences in the four corners of the planet. Talented producer of mixtures of sounds and passionate composer, he transports his audience in a decidedly contemporary world. His insatiable artistic generosity which also feeds the hidden aspect of the guitarist leads him to composing for theatre and television.

Art form: musician, guitar

Website: http://www.quentindujardin.be/

Jason Carter

Biography

Jason Carter’s musical depth and extraordinary style have left an indelible impact around the globe. Touring with his inimitable fusion of world music and classical styles, he has performed in almost 100 countries and travelled over a million miles – making music in such diverse locations as Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Pakistan, and the Gulf States. Garnering a reputation as an ambassador for peace and intercultural dialogue by using music to open doors for communication, Jason has received honors and awards for these efforts and also support from UNESCO, The United Nations, and the British Government.Jason is a guitarist/composer of the highest caliber and originality. Prolific and exceptionally creative, he continually produces captivating and alluring music that showcases not only his classical abilities but also his obvious love for world music. Played with humility, passion and exquisite flair, his music offers audiences a profound and intimate experience, regardless of the size of the venue. Jason’s ability to connect with his audience is unparalleled and offers a moving, thought-provoking and unexpectedly comforting experience.Though working primarily as a solo musician, Jason regularly collaborates with other musicians and orchestras. He has played with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Orchestra, the Nanjing Chinese Orchestra, New Irish Orchestra, and countless other musicians from around the world. His work can be found on compilations with artists such as Anoushka Shankar, Barbara Streisand, Zakir Hussain, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield, Jeff Beck, Larry Coryell, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ozzy Osbourne, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Huong Thanh (Vietnamese folk singer), Yuuka Nanri (Japan), and Trilok Gurtu.His 18th album is now out – “Seeking The Divine,” featuring solo harp-guitar compositions.Jason’s other creative endeavors include “Making In-Roads,” an autobiographical audiobook (available for immediate download) with fascinating stories from his worldwide concerts and travels. He is also working on a multi-media documentary about the music and culture of the pearl divers of United Arab Emirates — amazing individuals whose stories are almost lost to history.When not working in his studio or traveling the globe, Jason might be spotted aboard his vintage, orange Motobécane Mobylette, somewhere in the south of France.“Jason helps to build much needed relationships across borders that the technological forces driving globalization could never achieve.” – Neville McBain, British Council, Iran“Jason Carter builds extraordinary bridges between cultures; we are proud to have Jason with us.” – Sir Sherard Cowper Coles, British Ambassador, Afghanistan.

Art form: musician, harp-guitar

Website: http://jasoncarter.net/

Marlène Dorcéna

Biography

Born in Haiti, Marlène Dorcéna grew up in the South, in Les Cayes. At school she practiced a repertoire of French songs and also sang gospel in the choir of the local church.Following the coup of 1991 in Haiti she decided to settle in Belgium to continue her degree in Journalism and Media Communication.Here she meets Raoul Nassar (musician, composer and medical doctor from Haiti) who incites her to develop a vast repertoire of traditional songs, as well as her own compositions about the daily life concerns and the struggle for a better Haiti.In her first CD “Mèsy” she unveils the soul, colours, laughter and poetry of the people of her island. Her home country symbolises the sun, tourism and “Creolity”, but is also one of the poorest regions in the world. In Haiti, people sing to fight the despair of unbearable living conditions, they sing with strength and the conviction that singing in the sun will help them forget their misery.For several years, together with outstanding musicians, Marlene introduces and shares her country and culture with numerous audiences.The commitment of Marlène isn’t limited to her time spent on stage. The conditions and burdens of the women and children of her country concern her deeply … (project for a clean water supply in a village in Haiti). She collaborates with associations such as Broederlijk Delen, Amnesty International, 11.11.11, and animates theatrical workshops for children.In her new album “Haïti”, without changing style, Marlène searches for new sounds, new simple emotions produced with instruments made from natural components such as the lambi (instrument used by Haitians during the revolution), the Haitian drum, pine, hazelnuts, ti bwa, agogo, maracas, shells, etc. This new album also illustrates her musical journey and her gratitude towards Belgium, where, as she comments “It’s where that it all started”.

Art form: singer

Website: http://www.marlene-dorcena.com/

Volker Biesenbender

Biography

Volker was Lord Menuhin’s favourite pupil as he truly represented for him the musician of the 21st century: the one who goes towards the cultures of the world and plays the violin with Gypsies as well as with Turkish Sufis or jazz pianists. He was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and is holder of several international titles, ( amongst others 1st prize in the Israeli university competition in Tel Aviv 1st prize for improvised music in the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Paris). As a wanderer between worlds of music, he appeared together with Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grapelli, was a soloist of reputable orchestras (amongst others the state orchestra of Dresden) and has been on tour with African, Indian and Arab Musicians. He has held Workshops and master courses all over the world and written numerous articles as well a book on issues to do with musical education (“About The Unbearable Lightness Of Playing An Instrument”, Nepomuk-Verlag, Aarau). Yehudi Menuhin said of him: “ Volker exists. He is a phenomenon whose source of vitality is precisely the creative power of music and folk music. I adore him!””

Art form: musician, violinist, singer

Website: http://agnes.vesterman.free.fr/Agnes_Vesterman/Volker_Biesenbender.html

Cristina Candela

Biography

Cristina Almuni Candela was born in Spain. Since 2000, she is active mainly between Granada, Barcelona and Madrid. She studied classical, contemporary but mainly flamenco dance. In her training she attended over eight schools studying with fifteen teachers. She also enriched her artistic training in the field of education. For this purpose she followed on the one hand in 2008 a course aimed at handicap in relation to the performing arts. On the other hand she attended a course in Grenada on intercultural transmission. Since 2001 she teaches dance and participates in numerous ballets. In the field of teaching, she supports different target audiences, in particular young autistic college students. She recently taught in two important flamenco schools in Madrid. Amongst others, Cristina danced at the festival Femmes de la Méditerranée, in 2008. The dancer is now also a choreographer. In 2010, she creates two performances one of Arabic-flamenco of the Anlage company in the framework of the flamenco cycle of the Cuevas de Sacromonte museum in Granada.

Art form: dancer, flamenco

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Miguel Arcos

Biography

A musician and painter from Ecuador, Miguel is constantly looking for sounds and colours. He has recreated an Andean palette in his search for the primeval inspiration. He makes us think of the organic matter of clay and the multicoloured plant world echoing through deep forests, getting ever closer to the secret sanctuary in which sounds become reality in the face of the incessant destruction of the earth. Miguel, who plays a great many instruments and builds some original ones, invents his own sound environment with the help of his instruments – a sundry collection of objects which sing, cry or whisper in his hands. The instruments help him create a colourful sound environment which seems to emerge from a unique and strange collage in which metal, wood, plastic and other materials enter into a dialogue within a contemporary meeting inspired by improvisation, mythology and tradition. Miguel currently plays in acoustic and electro-acoustic groups, always on the look-out for new horizons and gradually managing to weave music and painting into one single story. Miguel’s constant search for sounds and colours has inevitably led him to developing his environmental awareness and the need to share his artistic ideals with the greatest possible number of people.

Art form: musician and painter

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Jean-yves Bardoul

Biography

Jean-Yves Bardoul is what is called a “green” musician. He organises sound-focused walks, during which he leads people along previously researched paths, deciphers the sound environment and makes birdsong more familiar through listening and reproducing the sound landscapes. These walks are also a pretext for encounters with the plants along the path, which might be used for example for making decoys. Jean-Yves also creates shows. The one which he performs the most is called “Normalement, ça marche” (it should be working). His performance is based on his twin passions: music and nature. A dandelion stalk, an ivy leaf, an armful of chestnut branches… anything becomes a music instrument in his hands. On stage, Jean-Yves is a green storyteller and an advocate for truancy. This passionate, talented artist is also a storytelling violinist who makes nature sing. Finally, the main purpose is to share our dreams and turn them into reality.

Art form: musician, violinist

Website: https://bardouljeanyves.wordpress.com/

Ida Kelarova

Biography

Born and raised in what is now known as the Czech Republic, Gypsy singer Ida Kelarová is the daughter of the late Gypsy artist Koloman Bitto. Kelarová, like her father, is a member of the Romano tribe, and her work has been greatly influenced by the Gypsy traditions of Eastern Europe. But Kelarová isn’t strictly a traditional singer. Known for a jazz-influenced style of Moravian pop-folk, Kelarová’s recordings can be very contemporary sounding; she is rooted in East European Gypsy traditions and has learned a lot of traditional songs from her father, but at the same time, Kelarová is hardly oblivious to modern jazz and pop sounds from North America or Western Europe. Kelarová, whose work can be very dark and sorrowful, is essentially a Czech Republic version of a torch singer. Some reviewers have compared her to British urban contemporary singer Sade; others have mentioned artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Shirley Horn to Diana Krall, although Kelarová was singing long before Krall became famous in the ’90s.

Kelarová was only five when her Gypsy parents encouraged her to study the piano and the cello. With Bitto continuing to encourage her to follow in his footsteps, Kelarová studied at the People’s Music School in Opava, Czech Republic, before attending the Janácek Academy of Music in Brno, Czech Republic. After that, she joined a well-known theatrical group called Divadlo na Provázku, which in Czech, means “the Theater on the String.” For a while, Kelarová rebelled against music and concentrated on theatrical pursuits. But eventually, she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and make Gypsy music her top priority.

In 1983, Kelarová left the Czech Republic (which was called Czechoslovakia back then and still had a Soviet-style communist government) to live in Wales. Kelarová moved to Denmark (where she taught Gypsy singing) in 1985 and Norway in 1988 before deciding to live in Wales again. But in 1995, Kelarová moved back to the Czech Republic; and by that time, the country had long since abandoned communism and adopted a Western-style capitalist democracy. After her return to the Czech Republic, Kelarová founded the Bystré-based International School for Human Voice, where she has been teaching Gypsy singing. And, in 1998, Kelarová and guitarist/singer Desiderius Duzda (who is the son of Gypsy artist Vojtech Duzda) co-founded the band Romano Rat, whose named means “Gypsy Blood.” Billed as Ida Kelarová & Romano Rat, the band boasts Kelarová on lead vocals, cello, and piano; Duzda occasionally sings lead, although his primary role is that of a guitarist. Romano Rat’s other members have included pianist/keyboardist Pavel Dirda, accordionist Roman Horváth, singer Marie Duzdová (who is also a member of the Gypsy band Kale), violinist Milan Horváth (the son of Gypsy artist Evzen Horváth), electric bassist Vladimir Dirda, and drummer/percussionist Roman Lopez.

Kelarová has also been involved with a female Gypsy vocal group called Chaja, which she founded in 1999. Between the International School for Human Voice, Romano Rat, and Kale, Kelarová was keeping very busy when the 21st century arrived. Kelarová recorded three albums for the independent Lotos label: Old Gypsy Songs, Gypsy, Moravian & Slovakian Songs, and Czech Ethnic Music. Gipsy Songs was released by the Playasound label in 1998, and Gypsy Blood came out on Last Call in 2001. In 2002, Kelarová recorded Staré Slzy (which means “Old Tears”) for Indies Records, a small Brno-based label that has been around since 1990.

Art form: singer

Website: www.youtube.com/idakelarovawww.myspace.com/idakelarova