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World: Yiddish Folk: Folk-Jazz Spiritual: Hebrew World: World Fusion World: World Traditions

By Location
CANADA - Ontario CANADA - Ontario Canada

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Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg creates uniquely Canadian world music, channeling the rich Toronto soundscapes of Middle East, India and Brazil, and her own East European heritage. Born in Prague, she is an award-winning composer, vocalist (Yiddish, English, Czech, French, Russian, Hebrew), and bandleader with 5 solo CD releases and several collaborations on her resume. In 2012, she has produced 2 CDs: "Songs for the Breathing Walls", recorded live in Czech and Moravian synagogues, and "Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges". A prolific composer, Lenka’s two new compositions were chosen for publication in 2013 by Shalshelet International Festival of New Jewish Liturgy. She is also a sought-after session vocalist: most recently, her voice can be heard on “Healing Light” recordings (Room 217 Foundation), and “War Story” (History TV Channel).

Lenka is in the midst of a diverse international concert career, traveling across continents (Poland, Argentina, etc.) as a solo artist, with a trio, her six piece ensemble “Fray”, or with one of her collaborative projects: “ Bridges" - Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue, and "Lullabies from Exile", a collacoration/recording work-in-progress with Yair Dalal, of intertwined Yiddish and Babylonian music. Lenka was also the bandleader and principal arranger for the award-winning group Sisters of Sheynville.

Awards and Nominations: Two 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations: Best Traditional Singer of the Year, and Best Traditional Album of the Year. Nominated also for 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award in world music category, and 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, solo world artist category. Winning song "Peace is the Only Way" in the 2011 Songs from the Heart, multicultural category; 2011 Porcupine Award - Musique de la monde; a finalist in the 2011, Session 2, John Lennon Songwriting competition. The recording of Songs for the Breathing Walls became the focus of a documentary film by Jaroslav Hovorka. It premiered on Czech television December, 28 2011. Extensive interviews and articles about this project have appeared in Czech newspapers and magazines and on line.