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Czech Sound Artist Brings Her Bohemian Cristal Instrument to Detroit

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Lenka Morávková is currently on tour and will be performing at The Underground at DIME on Tuesday, November 5th.

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Lenka Morávková performs on the Bohemian Cristal Insturment in WDET's Studio A in Detroit.Meta Stange
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Lenka Morávková performs on the Bohemian Cristal Insturment in WDET’s Studio A in Detroit.

As a child, Czech sound artist and songwriter Lenka Morávková loved the sound of breaking glass.

Once she discovered its artistic nature, she found a way to incorporate it into her creative practice by sculpting a “glass beast” called the Bohemian Cristal Instrument. 

It’s a nod to an invention that dates back over seven decades ago when Bernard and Francois Baschet were conceptualizing and building experimental sculptures inspired by sound. In the 1950s, the brothers invented their most successful sound structure known today as the Cristal Baschet. Learning this history and while attending a workshop in Barcelona, Lenka had the idea to create her own version. 

Combined with Lenka’s ethereal vocals, the acoustics offer a hypnotic, ambient vibe that lends itself to a multi-sensory experience when she hits the stage. 

In 2018, Lenka released her debut EP “Unicode.” She’s currently taking her “glass beast” across the U.S for the Crystallize tour with a stop at music venue the Underground at the Detroit Institute for Music Education on Tuesday, November 5th.

Click the player for Lenka Morávková’s live performance and​ conversation with CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper.

Post written by LaToya Cross 

Interview by Ryan Patrick Hooper

Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. As a longtime arts and culture reporter and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

hooper@wdet.org Follow @HooperRadio

LaToya Cross, Producer, CultureShift

LaToya Cross is a Producer and writer on CultureShift with a passion for highlighting creatives using their platform to shape, shift and analyze society through an artistic lens.

Latoya.cross@wdet.org Follow @ToizStory

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