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The compositions and improvisations of Czech violinist and singer Iva Bittová are abstract variations on folk-like melodies, shaped by the classical and gypsy music of the tiny Moravian villages where she spent her formative years. On her self-titled US debut, Bittová sings about issues that affect women, in poetry that is sensual, fervent, and evocative. "She takes on the role of the singer as town crier whose voice animates old myths and current news," says the New York Times. "Ms. Bittová's town is herself, ruled by the rhythms of sexuality, the flights of her imagination and the realities of modern social life."