A futuristic ritual, an ambient musical transcendence in Digital Age.
On an adventurous journey with Bohemian Cristal Instrument (an après Cristal Baschet), Lenka Morávková is processing its acoustic capacities and her ethereal voice to create unexpected soundscapes on the border of movie score and pulsing dance music. A unique live show from Lenka Morávková and her Bohemian Cristal Instrument brings a new multi-sensorial concert experience, which immerses you into a world where futurism, ritual and tradition becomes one.
Coming from the Northern Czech Republic, a place famous for the glass industry, Lenka had already produced several alerting sound pieces based on the sound of local glass factories in the time of its deepest decline. Now, she is coming with entirely new sonic adventure, yet still strongly connected to her local "glass hood". An instrument made from glass named Bohemian Cristal Instrument - the first version of Cristal Baschet in the Czech Republic and one of a kind piece in its unique design in the world.
Lenka Morávková, who now resides mostly in Los Angeles, has a compelling background of an electronic producer (MY NAME IS ANN) and academic researcher (PhD program of Ethnomusicology and Digital Composition at UCR). In a very short time with her Bohemian Cristal Instrument, she has already accomplished substantial international acclaim: she did a TEDx talk, performed at the prestigious The Broad Museum in Los Angeles along with Grammy nominated singer Bora Yoon and her video from the blooming desert of California got viral and reached out to more than a 2 millions viewers. In the summer 2017, she headed to her first European tour, including a unique collaboration with William Close and The Earth Harp Collective (Guinness Book of Records, America Got Talent) as one of headliners of Colours of Ostrava 2017, performing on the main stage for 5 000 people.
In June 2018, she has released her debut EP UNICODE. At this moment, she is developing a immersive light show with lasers and projections for the upcoming tour in 2019. The project will be expanded by fresh sound of a full band, including analogue synthesizers and digital drums.
UNICODE EP and UNICODE TOUR
The first release by Bohemian Cristal Instrument was published on June 28 in a worldwide digital distribution (iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Google Play, Deezer, ...) and presents the best songs composed and performed during last year and half of the international touring. Lenka Morávková is heading to support this release on the tour in Europe, Asia and Northern America, accompanied by an immersive interactive live show and a full band.
In 2012 Lenka Morávková designed the first Cristal Baschet (named Bohemian Cristal) in the Czech Republic and assisted Spanish artist Martí Ruiz, of the Metalúdic Baschet Collective, in the construction of the instrument. She first played it in a performance October of that year at the International Glass Symposium in Nový Bor.
The Cristal Baschet was originally conceived and developed in 1952 by François and Bernard Baschet, two French brothers who built a myriad of experimental instruments and sound sculptures, which are now exhibited in galleries and private collections around the world. As it is possible to play this instrument at a high level of virtuosity, the Cristal Baschet has become the most successful of the instruments created by the Baschet Brothers.
ABOUT LENKA MORAVKOVA
Lenka Morávková is a songwriter, sound artist, and electronic music producer from the Czech Republic, currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
Tiptoeing on the edge between the dance floor and conceptual art, her work is rooted in global and personal collapses, an aesthetic of glitches and deconstruction, and an application of academic theories to performance practices. As a cross-disciplinary artist, Lenka Morávková transgresses boundaries within music, visual art, performance, and new media, touring internationally with her music project My Name Is Ann as well as performing with the unique glass instrument Bohemian Cristal Instrument (après Baschet sculpture).
Her interactive sound installations and performances have been presented extensively throughout Europe, including the LEM festival in Barcelona, the Czech National Theatre in Prague, the International Glass Symposium, Colours of Ostrava and the Biennial Ostrava Days festivals in the Czech Republic, the Natures Festival in Ljubjana, and the CreArt festival.