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Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg, CFMA 2012 Traditional Singer of the Year, is a Toronto-based, Prague-born composer, vocalist, (Yiddish, English, Czech, French, Hebrew), arranger, producer, ethnomusicologist (M.A. in ethnomusicology, York University 2003) and bandleader with 5 solo CD releases and several collaborations on her resume. In 2012, she has released 2 CDs (Songs for the Breathing Walls and Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges Live at Lula Lounge"), and will be releasing her next acoustic world roots CD Embrace on April 28, 2013, at the Glenn Gould Studio. Lenka is in the midst of a diverse international concert career, traveling across continents as a solo artist, with a trio, or her six piece ensemble Fray. 2012 performances include the Honeycomb Way project with Frank London and Yair Dalal in Toronto's St.Lawrence Center for the Arts; Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver with Fray and Yair Dalal, APAP showcase in New York, a sold-out album release concert in Prague, Stratford Summer Music Festival concert, and a world music concert in Paris. Some of Lenka's 2011 performances: Ethno-jazz festival in Wroclaw and World Fusion Music Festival in Sosnowiec, Poland; Folkove prazdniny and Samajim festivals in Czech Republic, klezfiesta in Argentina, and concerts of original music in Montreal, Quebec City. Important collaborations include "Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges" - Jewish and Arabic music in dialogue, and "Lullabies from Exile", a recording work-in-progress with Yair Dalal, of intertwined Yiddish and Babylonian music.

More on ...Projects and collaborations:

Fray - Yiddish etno-jazz. Original compositions in Yiddish and English

Lenkas program with Roula Said, Bridges: a Yiddish/Arabic musical dialogue", was presented by Small World Music at the Lula Lounge in Toronto in 2011. It was featured again on March 5, 2012, at the Al Green Theater in Toronto. The concert launched CD "Bridges: Live at Lula Lounge".

Lullabies from Exile:
A recording project-in-progress,Yiddish and Iraqi music intertwined. Collaboration with the oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal, with whom Lenka also gave concerts in Slovakia and Czech Republic in 2010 and 2011, and in the U.S and Canada in 2012. Planned release, November 2013.

Songs for the Breathing Walls:
Live recordings of sacred songs in Hebrew with various international artists (David Doruzka and Tomas Reindl, Czech republic; Christian Dawid, Germany; Alexander Shonert, Russia/Czech Republic; Yair Dalal, Israel; Alan Hetherington, Anwar Khurshid, Ravi Naimpally, Zita Petrak, Canada) in Czech and Moravian synagogues. Release June 1, 2012.

English song-writing credits:
Lenkas original song Phoenix is included on World Jazz for Haiti compilation CD of some of Canadas leading jazz and world artists (September, 2010). Phoenix and several new songs in English will be included on a new compliation CD "Fourteen" , to be released in 2013.


Lenka Lichtenberg & Roula Said: Bridges "Live at Lula Lounge" - March 2012. Produced by Lenka Lichtenberg
Songs for the Breathing Walls - June 2012. Recorded live in Czech and Moravian synagogues. Produced by Lenka Lichtenberg
Fray 2- Peace is the Only Way - late 2012. Co-produced with Alan Hetherington
Fray (2010): original songs in Yiddish and English, world music. Co-produced with Alan Hetherington
Lomir Zingen: (2008): Collection of children's Yiddish songs. Produced by Lenka Lichtenberg
Pashtes (2006) : all-Yiddish, all-original. Poems by Simcha Simchovitch. Co-produced with Brian Katz
Open The Gate (2003): Lenka's original songs in English and French. Produced by Levon Ichkhanian
Deep Inside (1999): traditional Yiddish and original songs in English. Produced by Ken Whiteley

with Sisters of Sheynville:
Sheynville Express: (2007) - Yiddish swing-klez. Most arrangements and/or 3-part vocal arrangements by Lenka Lichtenberg. Produced by Eric Stein