Dunaj a Iva Bittová

Two legends of local alternative music join on stage again after twenty years. In the eighties, the singer and violinist Iva Bittová helped co-establish Dunaj; one of Brno’s most significant bands ever.

 

In 1989, they recorded an eponymous album that felt like a wraith among the Czech rock scene. The following generation of listeners discovered it again when it got rerecorded in 1996 titled Pustit musíš. Otherwise, however, the roads Dunaj and Iva Bittová took didn’t meet. The band recorded cult records such as Rosol or Dudlay and fell apart after the singer Jiří Kolšovský’s death. In 2015, some members rejoined under the name Dunajská vlna, the return of Dunaj with Vladimír Václavek, Josef Ostřanský and Pavel Koudelka is a matter of the last two years. Iva Bittová has had a rich music and acting career. Her discography includes records inspired by folklore music as well as experiments and jazz. She is one of the most renowned Czech musicians in the worlds; she performed in Carnegie Hall and released a collaborative album with Bang On A Can.