Lenka Lichtenberg

Lenka Lichtenberg is a singer, composer, arranger and bandleader born in Prague. She spent her childhood years in the immensely popular musical theatre Semafor. She studied voice at the Prague Music Conservatory, and once in Canada, received her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at York University. After releasing three albums as a solo artist, Lenka co-founded the Yiddish swing all-female group Sisters of Sheynville, with whom she performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, she founded her band Fray and recorded two albums of original music, fusing her own Eastern European roots with the band members’ diverse cultural sensibilities. In Europe, Lenka performs with a Prague-based group. She tours internationally, presenting concerts in venues such as the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Festival Singera in Warsaw, Poland; Klezfiesta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yiddish Poetry Festival in Tel Aviv; Abu Ghosh Vocal Festival in Israel; Hugh’s Room and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in Canada. Lenka has released seven solo albums and several collaborations with international artists such as Yair Dalal, Tomas Reindl, Andrew MacPherson, and Roula Said. She has received multiple awards, including two Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2012), an Independent Music Award (2018) and Global Music Award (2019). For her album "Songs for the Breathing Walls", Lenka recorded Hebrew liturgy in 12 synagogues across the Czech Republic with a cast of international artists. The project was the focus of a TV documentary film by Jaroslav Hovorka, broadcast on Czech television. Lenka’s latest albums "MASARYK" (2017) and "Yiddish Journey" (2018) were released on the U.K. label ARC Music.

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