Archa - Dagmar Voňková - 2020 | Animal Music
Dagmar Voňková: Archa
Dagmar Voňková


In 2018, a unique performance took place at the Archa Theatre in Prague in which the legendary Czech folk musician Dagmar Voňková performed her repertoire. This time, however, Voňková did not appear as a soloist but accompanied by a band composed of eight major figures on the local musical scene: Beata Hlavenková, Dorota Barová, Marcel Bárta, Oskar Török, Miloš Dvořáček, Jiří Slavík, Marian Friedl, Petr Ostrouchov and the singer Lenka Dusilová as guest. Animal Music now releases a life recording of this concert. The band was assembled on the initiative of the producer of the project, Petr Ostrouchov, who designed the programme especially for the Strings of Autumn festival in the year of Dagmar Voňková’s seventieth birthday. The concert was offered as a tribute to this remarkable folk singer who has been part of the musical scene since the 1970s when she first came with her wholly original combination of traditional folk song with a unique approach to guitar play and an expressive way of singing. Remarkably, her music and reputation spanned the borders of Czechoslovakia. Accompanied on the piano, wind instruments, double bass, the drums, percussions, folk flutes or cimbalom, Voňková’s songs, characterized by a strong folk-poetic drive, can be heard in a new flourish of colours in the present recording. The many-layered arrangements are the work of members of the accompanying band whose own musical language draws on jazz and contemporary music as well as current songwriting and folk-song interpretation.

ANI 088-2
10,50 €
16bit / 44.1kHz
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Dorota Barová)
Ej, po poli jsem chodila
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Marcel Bárta)
Jasné ráno
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
Zlatá brána
(Dagmar Voňková, lidová, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
V košilích bílých
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Oskar Török)
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Oskar Török)
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Jiří Slavík)
Živá voda
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Marcel Bárta)
Vrť se, prute
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Beata Hlavenková)
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Dorota Barová)
Chlapci na tom horním konci
(Dagmar Voňková, aranžmá Petr Ostrouchov)
Personnel and sound:

Dagmar Voňková - voice, guitar, bowed guitar

Lenka Dusilová - voice („Zlatá brána“)

Beata Hlavenková - piano, voice

Dorota Barová - cello, voice

Jiří Slavík - acoustic bass, voice

Miloš Dvořáček - drums, percussion, kalimba

Oskar Török - trumpet, xaphoon, Carpathian alphorn, voice

Marcel Bárta - tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, voice, whistling

Marian Friedl - wooden flutes and whistles, clarinet, small dulcimer, bagpipe, jew's harp, voice

Petr Ostrouchov - guitar, baritone guitar, small dulcimer, bells, voice


Recorded live in Archa Theatre Prague by Jan Středa

Mixed by Milan Cimfe & Petr Ostrouchov (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)

Mastered by Pavel Karlík & Adam Karlík (Sono Records, Nouzov/CZ)

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