Czech trio rooted in Moravian tradition which walks its own music path
Jitka Šuranská – vocals, violin
Martin Krajíček – vocals, mandolin
Marian Friedl – vocals, double bass, small cimbalom, folk flutes
Jitka Šuranská, Martin Krajíček and Marian Friedl introduced themselves as a trio in 2014.
At that time, they started to form their musical language, which comes from Moravian folk music, spiced up by original instrumentation and the distinctive musical potential of the trio members. As Jitka Šuranská says: “It would have been hard to find any jazz double bass player who is also a great folk flute and cimbalom player. Same with the mandolin player who’s connected himself so naturally with the genre we play that you think that mandolin must have been part of the Moravian folk music since forever.”
The cornerstone of the trio’s debut album Divé husy (2016 by Indies Scope is in East Moravian folk songs with arrangements by this trio, but there are also original compositions by Marian Friedl. These songs perfectly correspond to the legacy of the melodics and poetics of the Moravian region. And the record shows how strong the songs and legacy of Moravian folklore is nowadays.
Simon Broughton (Songlines) concluded his article on Morava saying “Jitka Šuranská is someone to watch.“ Her connection with Martin Krajíček and Marian Friedl only underlines her skills and the album Divé husy is perfect proof of it.
Neue Westfälische (DE)
Jan Willem Broek (NL)