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Katarína Máliková & ansámbel



           

Bio

Neo-classical, minimal synth-pop with elements of experiment, glam rock, retro of 70s and 80s, based on both Slovak folk and pop tradition.

A composer, producer, musician and singer. Nowadays, one of the most significant talents of the Slovak musical scene. Her debut album Pustvopol (Slnko Records 2016) was recognized by critics, it also received nominations as well as awards in Slovakia and abroad, and it has been considered one of the most shining Slovak debuts of the last decade.

Her music builds on a distinct vocal with a wide ambit. On the surface, ethereal, but full of beasts – and so is her music, too. Fragile, pressing and immediately wild and harsh, with a gloomy premonition. Neo-classical, minimal synth-pop with elements of experiment, glam rock, retro of 70s and 80s, based on both Slovak folk and also pop tradition, with a classical craft of a composer and performer. A potpourri of favourite styles of a current artist, where synthesis is one of the main starting points.

It is attractive both musically and visually – Gothic and minimalist, inconspicuous, as well as full of expressiveness and drama at the same time. Her music is as a film noir with occasional bittersweet moments. She originally comes from Polomka in Horehronie, where she grew up among mountains and songs. The mystical nature of her home region left a strong echo in her music.

In 2017 Katarína Máliková and her band performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and events in Slovakia and abroad, such as Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), EtnoKraków / Crossroads Festival in Krakow (Poland), World Music Festival Bratislava (Slovakia) or Budapest Ritmo (Hungary).

Band

Katarína Máliková – voice, piano, keyboards, synts, tambourine,
traditional instruments, triangle, sampler
Katarína Turčinová – recorder, flute, “fujara” / traditional instrument
Andrej Turčin – I. violin
Žaneta Mariňáková – II. violin, tambourine
Janko Tomek – contrabass, bass guitar
Klaudia Kosmeľová – piano
Ondrej Druga – accordion, vocals
Tomáš Hríbik– drums, percussions

Albums

Pustvopol (2016)
Postalgia (2018)

Others

Awards:
Annual Radio_Head Awards Winner in categories
Debut of the Year 2016
Critics´Award 2016
Genre: World Music/Folk 2016
Winner of the International Award at Czech Music Crossroads 2017

Ranking:
The Pustvopol album best ranking in the World Music Charts Europe – No. 8 in 4/2017,
(Top 20 WMCE also in 3/2017 and 5/2017)

Reviews/Quotes:
“Imagine a fairy tale movie from Czechoslovakia in the 70s, but directed by David Lynch. This is a soundtrack to it. Rooted on old musical traditions and performed in a rather futuristic way – it is dark, somehow frightening; yet you’ll want to hear it until the bitter end.”
Thorsten Bednarz, Tonart Weltmusik – Deutschlandradio Kultur

„After Pustvopol Slovakia gets special attention in the World Music Charts. The CD stands for present and history, recorder and electronics have their undisputed place alike. Delicate feelings and strong gestures expand the artistic space. However it doesn’t sound naive. It seems that Katarina Malikova always knows exactly what she is doing. I’m very excited about what comes next from this talent.“
Johannes Theurer, WMCE, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

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