April 16, K4 club, Celetná 20, 7:30PM
The leading German folk magazine Folker writes about Nadia Birkenstock that “there should be a law against this: that someone has such a wonderful, pure voice, is able to play the harp like that and on top of it, manages to do both at the same time! And the whole thing in such a relaxed and natural fashion, that you just dream on, delighted, from one song or tune into the next...” The Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine” in Germany calls her simply “an exceptional artist“ and the French newspaper “Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace” says: “The clarity of her voice, her extraordinary touch and her grace captivate her audience.”
Over the last few years, harpist and singer Nadia Birkenstock has earned herself an excellent reputation as an interpreter of Irish, Scottish and English folksongs.
Her original songs from her latest album “Strange New Land” reveal powerful and expressive music full of luminescence, entwined with lyrics both poetic and sometimes twinkling with humour. Nadia’s distinctive songwriting style reflects a passionate “joie de vivre” and alluring melodies which transport the listener.
Her beautiful, flexible voice forms a magical unity with the soundscapes of her harp. At the same time her excellent harp technique allows her to create intricate arrangements of great variety and finesse. With sonorous bass notes, groovy rhythms, shining arpeggios and crystal clear descant notes, Nadia continues to establish the harp as a singer-songwriter instrument.
Nadia was born in the North-West of Germany and started her vocal training on a 1-year scholarship at Westover School in Connecticut. Afterwards she studied voice at the conservatory of Düsseldorf in Germany and attended harp master classes with Kim Robertson (USA), Bill Taylor (Scotland) and others. During her vocal studies she created her first solo performance program for Celtic harp and voice. This was very successful and Nadia has since appeared to great acclaim in concerts at festivals, folk-clubs, concert halls, churches, castles and many other stunning venues in Central Europe.
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