Lecture in language
Irena and Vojtěch form an exceptional duo of composers, multi-instrumentalists and producers who have released 15 albums and participated in many others during almost forty years of living and playing together.
They started to work together in the mid-80s, at the experimental Capella Antiqua e Moderna ensemble which won both public and critical acclaim. They have collaborated with many leading Czech and foreign artists since the late 1980s, gradually creating their typically unclassifiable, multi-style and multi-media sound and image collages. Their favourite partners included Jiří Stivín, Czech jazz multi-instrumentalist of world renown, avant-garde drummer Alan Vitouš, and impulsive guitarist Tony Ackerman, as well as dancers Karel Vaněk and Eva Černá, painter Radek Pilař, and others. Irena and Vojtěch have been playing across the Czech Republic, Europe, Canada, USA, Africa and Japan.
Irena Havlová and Vojtěch Havel are sometimes classified as belonging to a specific musical current. However, labelling their music as alternative, global, new acoustic, improvised, experimental, minimalist, relaxation or meditative music, means classifying it in categories that very often actually tell nothing about its form and content. The only thing that can be said with certainty is that it is always music that is highly poetic, and penetrates the innermost corners of a perceptive human soul, enriching it at the same time.