Hamid Drake and Iva Bittovâ

(Czechoslovakia/New York/Chicago) 

This dynamic duo are two restlessly creative musical spirits and relentless collaborators with novel takes on their respective instruments. Czech artist Iva Bittová’s unique spirit- invoking sounds are built on her acrobatic vocal range and virtuoso violin playing. She creates unique physical poetry from her diverse influences: traditional Czech folk music, minimalism, opera, sacred music and avant-garde; even dabbling in electronica and playing with brass bands. A genre unto herself, she seamlessly and organically blends sounds into an immersive and kinetic show. Hamid Drake—along with Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Bobby McFerrin, and Marc Ribot—are frequent collaborators.

Hamid Drake has turned his love of Cuban, Indian and African percussion into a career incorporating those styles on the standard trap set and a range of hand percussion instruments. One of improvised music’s hottest percussionists, he provides deftly inventive rhythmic support to forward thinking heavy hitting jazz and world musicians: early on as a member of Foday Muso Suso’s Mandingo Griot Society, with his own reggae outfit, with Don Cherry, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Reggie Workman, William Parker, Ken Vandermark and Bill Laswell. Drake’s style is pure zen and his percussion prowess is poetry in motion. To see him play is to witness a creative soul who always challenges himself, playing with depth, delicacy and clarity, proving an artist doesn’t have to muscle their way into someone’s ears.


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