From Prague to Toronto, Delhi to Rio... a global sonic odyssey
Czech-born Canadian chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg creates aural soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and beauty. Singing in six languages. Lichtenberg seamlessly ranges from innovative expressions of Eastern European and Middle Eastern traditional music to her own compositions which forge her European roots together with North American jazz, Brazilian samba, Indian classical and more, into captivatingly soulful global grooves.
Lenka’s odyssey and oeuvre as an artist parallels her own fascinating journey from behind the Iron Curtain to a new life in Canada, discovering her roots and developing a richly diverse artistic palette along the way. Her ethereal voice can be playful and provocative, or spiritual and deeply introspective, in equally authentic measure. As an instrumentalist, she ranges effortlessly from guitar and keyboards to percussion and harmonium, and even electronic looping and effects. She shines equally as a solo artist, or performing with her ensemble, comprised of the finest global fusion, jazz and traditional musicians from around the world.
To date, Lenka has released nine full-length albums that reflect her diverse personal and artistic journey. She has toured in 15 countries across four continents and garnered radio play around the world. She is the winner of multiple awards and nominations, including two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Independent Music Awards. As esteemed Canadian music reviewer Nicholas Jennings put it, "Passionate and prolific, Lenka Lichtenberg is a force of nature!"
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"Ethereal and sometimes hypnotic....a sumptous bazaar of orchestral pop & worldbeat exotica” New Music Canada
“The Czech-born vocalist and composer ranges around the world music map, fusing Yiddish songs, folk influences and instrumentation from three continents for a rich listening experience.” ~ Chris Young, Toronto Star
“World music in the truest sense of the word. It sends chills up and down your spine and makes the eyes moisten, and it is an absolute must have for any serious world music aficionado …a magical album full of charm and beauty that grips the listener and won't let go” Rainlore’s World of Music (U.K.)
“A brilliant fusion of world music, jazz and modern Indie elements” FolkWorld.eu
"Deeply moving...the album is a very special achievement." Folk Roots/Folk Branches
"It takes a few moments of listening to get past the pleasure and feel amazed at what you're hearing. It's Lenka Lichtenberg's crystalline voice singing to a Middle Eastern beat in Mizrachi style. But the words are in Yiddish. The splicing of two Jewish spheres into a world music fusion sound is astounding and makes you feel as though you have stepped onto a new planet." Canadian Jewish News
"Like Loreena McKennitt with Celtic sounds, Lichtenberg is pushing Yiddish music beyond its klezmer stereotype into a truly inspired form of world music." ~ Nicholas Jennings, Penguin Eggs
“A wonderfully collection. Lichtenberg is moving towards the head of the class quickly.”
The New York Jewish Week
“Interested in hearing songs belted out in Yiddish, Czech or other exotic language? Meet Lenka Lichtenberg, perhaps Toronto's best-known fusion musician. Her enthralling vocals and curious blend of Middle Eastern, Latin, and European influences will add spice and flavour to your musical pallette. Supporting her vocals are instruments ranging from the sitar to powerful percussions to flutes. BlogTO (Top 10 Fusion Bands)
“Pristine vocal tone and meticulous, delicate arrangements.” Kitchener-Waterloo Record
“Lichtenberg has a lovely, confectionary, gamin-like quality. Her soprano voice sails above and around the notes with perfect control, weaving a luminous mystical web.”
~Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, WholeNote Magazine
The singer belongs to the most interesting, and courageous, personalities of contemporary Yiddish music scene.
Her work, a cultivated, highly personal take on traditional styles… belongs to present day.”
Harrmonie (Czech national music industry magazine)
Lichtenberg's powerful voice takes us on a tour of a mystical land of joys and sorrows.” Spin The Globe: World Music News
“Impressively crosses many different genres and pulls each of beautifully ...reinvents traditional tunes and
invents new ones" The National Post
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