Dear visitor. Thank you for coming this way. I really appreciate it and never take (anything) for granted, especially not during the times of world-wide trauma that is shaking us up to the core. 2020 was shaping up to be a monumental year for my work, with a new music/ theatre production The Thieves of Dreams to premiere in Toronto and Washington. As for most artists, everything got cancelled. Festivals, shows, tours. I am learning to keep up the creative momentum with streaming events, new unexpected collaborations on line, leading a virtual choir and Shabbat services, learning how to work solo and remotely with others, sing my heart out virtually, experimenting with new technologies including learning how to edit videos and putting to use finally the years of footage from various concerts piled up in drawers..., recording remotely for the Thieves of Dreams double album that will now probably only happen next year due to funds and logistics issues, and finally, preparing my Yiddish songbook for publication that will gather many new songs plus many favourites written over the years. There will also be, eventually, a new Yiddish album to complement the songbook.
With so much negativity, anxiety, illness, death and bleak economic prospects for huge numbers of people, plus the massive social justice reckoning finally coming to the fore - plus climate concerns - we may struggle to stay positive. The arts, and artists, are suffering greatly as well. Still, I feel very lucky to have music and creativity in my life. It really, really helps, even without the live performance element. Also, to see so many rising to the occasion is so inspiring; indeed, inside all the misery, we are finding brave sparks of light ad hopefully, positive changes with long-lasting results on many fronts.
On this site, you will find many audio samples, and info about my many projects stemming from my several identities (in Czech, Yiddish, Hebrew, English) under the tab 'Projects.' You can also view some new videos, with several more in the pipeline, in 'videos.' I have so much music that I want to offer the world and will do so via videos - so perhaps you'll like subscribing to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/LenkaLichtenbergMusic
Thanks again for visiting! I hope you find something you like, something that will make your day sweeter. If so, you can drop me a line here, I will love it.
Stay healthy and hug your loved ones, if you can.
New Canadian 'world,' Czech and Yiddish roots music born from the rich, intercultural Toronto soundscapes.
“Breathtakingly beautiful” (Moors Magazine, The Netherlands, MASARYK review)
Czech album MASARYK: Narodni pisne hits #1 for 3 weeks on !Earshot Canadian charts (International), wins an Independent Music Award (U.S.A.), and two nominations for the Canadian Folk Music Awards - Traditional Singer, and World Solo Artist of the Year.
“…upliftingly beautiful music... prodigiously-gifted Canadian musician ... has emerged as one of the most fascinating and compelling composers ... her voice soaring loftily as it always does in the music's many filigree lines and aristocratic elegance..." (Raul da Gama, World Music Report, MASARYK review)
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“A devoted exponent of Yiddish song, Lenka Lichtenberg returns with a deeply personal album MASARYK that reimagines a 75-year-old collection of Czechoslovakian national songs. The award-winning Canadian musician has spent a career hopping genres, languages and international stages, only now choosing to devote an album to her birthplace and mother tongue… another fascinating window upon which to admire Lichtenberg’s restless imagination.” Tommie Black-Roff, UK Songlines
“Three new CDs in three years made in three different regions of the world, garnering at least as many awards and even more nominations. Toronto-based Lenka Lichtenberg has been on creative fire. (Her) work forms cultural connections, and it greatly expands upon the dialogue. Consider only her most recent recordings, all of which bring together top-notch musicians from around the world to create music that blends multiple languages, cultures, melodies and rhythm, and cross-temporal, cultural and geographic borders…. (She is) at home in many languages and musical styles, and every release highlights her talents, and those of the musicians with which she works…(her recordings are) written and performed with confidence and skill that is remarkable.., she seems like someone who will continually push herself to keep growing, experimenting in each new project.” Cynthia Ramsay, The Jewish Independent, Vancouver