A futuristic ritual, a transcendent experience for the Digital Age.
Lenka Morávková takes you on a multi-sensory journey with a one-of-a-kind glass sculpture, the Bohemian Cristal Instrument (après Cristal Baschet). The Czech sonic explorer processes the acoustic properties of the crystal along with her voice, to create ethereal immersive soundscapes and hypnotic ambient pulses. Following a TEDx talk in California, the debut EP UNICODE in June 2018 and new single EVAPORA in 2022, BCI’s unique ceremony with a full band and mesmerizing light show with lasers immerses you in a world where tradition and futurism become one.
Lenka hails from Northern Czech Republic, a region famous for its glass industry. Before the conception of her Bohemian Cristal Instrument, she had already produced several striking new media installations based on the sound of local factories in the time of their deepest decline. Following Lenka’s original design, the glass sound sculpture is a unique version of the legendary Cristal Baschet instrument. With it, she introduces an entirely new sonic adventure, yet one still strongly connected to local tradition.
Lenka Morávková, who partly resides in Los Angeles, where she obtained prestigious visa for exceptional artists, has a compelling background as an electronic producer (MY NAME IS ANN) and academic researcher (PhD program of Ethnomusicology and Digital Composition at UCR). With her Bohemian Cristal Instrument, she has already accomplished substantial international acclaim in less than two years. She has given a TEDx talk, performed at the prestigious The Broad Museum in Los Angeles alongside Grammy-nominated singer Bora Yoon, and a video shot in the blooming desert of California went viral, reaching more than 2 million views. In the summer of 2017, she headed out on her first European tour, including a one-off collaboration with William Close and The Earth Harp Collective (Guinness Book of Records, America Got Talent) as one of the headliners at Colours of Ostrava 2017, performing on the main stage for 5,000 people. BCI has performed at Eurosonic Noordeslag 2019 in Netherlands, the largest and the most prestigious European showcase festival and recently was shortlisted for SXSW 2020 and 2022 and performed at Summit LA world leading event of innovators.
Under BCI name, they have collaborated on the upcoming LUME album of Hollywood movie composer, Jeff Rona and were featured on several soundtracks (Impulse TV series, Trespassers, Caller ID Entity).
In March 2022, BCI has released a new single EVAPORA featuring Los Angeles based movie composer Drum&Lace. The single is accompanied by a breathtaking icy outdoor performance video on the peak of the Czech architectural gem, Ještěd.
EP UNICODE is the very first release by BOHEMIAN CRISTAL INSTRUMENT, released in a worldwide digital distribution in June 2018.
In 2012, Lenka Morávková designed Bohemian Cristal Instrument, the first Czech Cristal Baschet sculpture, and assisted Spanish artist Martí Ruiz of the Metalúdic Baschet Collective in the construction of the instrument. The sound sculpture was premiered during her performance Glass Spilled Out Of The Broken Bathtube for the International Glass Symposium in Nový Bor, Czech Republic in October of that year.
The Cristal Baschet was originally conceived and developed in 1952 by François and Bernard Baschet, two French brothers who built myriad 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. You can find more information about Baschet brothers's sound sculptures on the following website: http://baschet.org/site/index.php/the-baschet-story/
ABOUT LENKA MORÁVKOVÁ
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.