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)
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, experimenting with technologies I never needed till now- Garage Band for multitrack recordings, Final Cuts Pro to edit videos... lots of learning this year!! - and finally, putting to use the years of footage from various concerts piled up in drawers...
I am grateful for the support I have received through our Canadian funding agencies: I received a Music Creation grant from the Ontario Arts Council, which enabled me to commission five composers to write music for the Thieves of Dreams project; project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council that will enable me to record a double album of this material and, eventually, proceed with the stage production as planned. I am also thankful to the Toronto Downtown Jazz festival for choosing my production as one of its Special Projects for presentation at the Music Gallery (postponed). Finally, I am 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.
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.