Hamid Drake & Iva Bittová @ Joe’s Cafe


Presented by New Music Circle

7:00pm doors  / 8:00pm concert
$20.00 Regular Admission
($10.00 Students and Struggling Music Supporters)

Vocalist/violinist, Iva Bittová (Czech Republic), is internationally known for her unique music, which draws on influences from her native Moravia and her lineage in the rich traditions of Slovakia and the Roma people. Her ability to bring those influences together with such modern inspirations as Meredith Monk’s wordless vocal pieces and free improvisation, creates music that feels both ancient and new, simultaneously surprising and familiar. While either singing wordlessly or using an implied language of her own, she crafts intimate, engrossing narratives, ultimately creating her own truly personal style of folk music.

Hamid Drake (Chicago) is widely regarded as one of the great percussionists in jazz and improvised music, with a uniquely poetic approach to drumming; he draws from Afro-Cuban, Indian and African percussion instruments and influences. His musical involvements date back to 1974 when he began working with the AACM and felt impelled to explore earlier forms of drumming. He soon began working with several of the greatest innovators in jazz: Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, and Peter Brötzmann. In live settings he continually takes collaborators to higher rhythmic levels, while at the same time carving out space for his own explorations. For over 30 years he has remained one of the most consistently venturesome and compelling drummers of his time.


Joe’s Cafe and Gallery
6014 Kingsbury Ave
St. Louis, MO