29. 9. Trnava, Synagóga Centrum súcasného umenia
30. 9. Topoľčany, Nástupiste 1—12
1. 10. Banská Bystrica, Záhrada
2. 10. Žilina, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie
3. 10. Košice, Tabačka Kulturfabrik
5. 10. Bratislava, DPOH Mestské divadlo
23. 10. 2016 Hradec Králové, Kicperovo divadlo
24. 10. 2016 Olomouc, Divadlo na Šantovce
25. 10. 2016 Hranice na Moravě, Stará Střelnice
26. 10. 2016 Znojmo, Městské divadlo
27. 10. 2016 Valašské Meziričí, sál Kulturního zařízení
28. 10. 2016 Ostrava, Heligonka
29. 10. 2016 Příbram, Divadlo A. Dvořáka
30. 10. 2016 Praha, Studio DVA divadlo
31. 10. 2016 Praha, Studio DVA divadlo
1. 11. 2016 Mladá Boleslav, Škoda muzeum
Jana Kirschner is singing to those who are not looking for easy answers, to those who
like to travel to the borders of the unknown, and to those that correctly suspect that genre boundaries
are easily scaled. She brings good news to all who are still hoping that popularity and quality are not
What impresses me as a listener is when an artist creates something new and unexpected.
Something one step ahead of their audience. Elegantly unpredictable, Jana Kirschner again takes me somewhere
I've never been before. Thanks.
Within the music of [the track] "Duch Mesta" silence lingers, hypnotic shadows dance, and Jana's
voice expresses the changing seasons. Just here is represented Morusa Cierna. Since her debut Jana as
a writer and performer has travelled a respectfully long artistic journey. For me throughout the whole
album Jana is magically original and full of confidence, but conversely through her expressions and performance
remains gentle and feminine. I happen to believe the sounds and compositions on this timeless album will
never seem old or go out of fashion. It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to be able to hear
this album before the official release, and so it will be an absolute pleasure listening to it long after it
inevitably leaves the shops.
Jan P. Muchow
Morusa Cierna f**king brilliant
Daniel Baláž, Radio_FM
The White Mulberry Tree blossomed into a black velvet beauty! ...a masterpiece!
Juraj Kušnierik, Týždeň
On this album, more so than on the first album Morusa Biela, Jana has a thirst for
experimentation with musical material, with structure, with sound, and I have to say this path has not
been traversed in vain. Although she is always returning to the power of the simple melody, she has
the courage to travel into the more abstract world, the bigger musical spaces, as if she would like
to move the reliable and well known into new contexts, new environments. Because it is there that
we find the true value of music...
With the Mulberry Tree project Jana Kirschner invites you to a completely new
musical world. In time, you'll no doubt get used to it, but beware: once you do you will not want
to leave. So intriguingly beautiful.
Martin Hradecký, ELLE
With the album morusa biela Jana Kirschner confirms that she still has the need
to look into the areas that other artist never even consider. And that alone is worthy of great respect.
Ondřej Bezr, idnes.cz
In 2010 Jana Kirschner unveiled a vista of the country (in the album "Krajina Rovina"),
but now she's leading us into the heart of the land for a close up view. Here, singing like
never before, she creates a colourful world from which you never wish to leave. So you listen
again. And again. And again. So much beauty!
Juraj Kušnierik, Týždeň
"Moruša biela" is another surprise by the ever original Jana Kirschner. This album is
turning back to our roots, to life in the country side. It has a nostalgic and pleasant smell
of grandmother’s drying herbs to it. Quiet. Intimacy. The Slovak album of the year 2013, at the very least.
Moruša Biela is the first part of a project which is a two album set: the first
is Moruša Biela and second is Moruša Cierna. Across the two albums the music and lyrics
cover much ground. Musically the first album is more acoustic. The line up of cello,
violin/viola/zlopcoke, accordion, clarinet/bass clarinet, tuned percussion, cimbalom,
piano, plus rhythm section and male vocal quartet lends itself to folk and classical
music of the area of central europe, which the album is heavily influenced by, though
realised through the prism of contemporary composition and "pop" song-craft.
Lyrically it is very varied, but a theme is returned to again and again... that of
the illusion of nostalgia, the blinkered eye of the past, the uncertainty of the future,
the growth of the urban uber-connected world at the expense of the somewhat introverted
insular rural communities, the diluting of small traditional communities by the march of
technology and need for "growth" or status... These are usually touched upon through
metaphor, not directly, but the undercurrent is there. There is no sense, however, that
the future is "bad" and the past is "good" – it is. in fact, questioning that popular
and clearly misguided premise.
All songs written and produced by
(Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
(Electric Bass, Double Bass)
(Percussions – Muzika!)
(Piano, Organ, Keys, Vocals)
(Violin, Viola, Zlopcoke)
(Male vocal quartet Skety CZ)
(Clarinet, bass clarinet)
(Piano, keys, backing vocals)
(Male vocal quartet Skety CZ)
(Front of House Engineer)
Amsterdam Mastering, Netherlands
(Darius Van Helfteren)
Dead Mouse House, London, UK
DR Studios, Wisla, Poland
(Henry Kral, Czarek Borowski)
Line Art Studio, Prague, Czech Republic
Sono Studios, Czech Republic
(Mialn Cimfe, Karolína Kalandrová)
Sun House Studio
(Slnko Records, 2014)
(Slnko Records, 2014)
(Universal Music, 2010)
The best of (CD 1, CD 2)
(Universal Music, 2008)
(Universal Music, 2007)
Veci čo sa dejú
(Universal Music, 2003)
(Universal Music, 2002)
V cudzom meste
(Universal Music, 2000)
(Universal Music, 1998)
Jana Kirschner released her self-titled debut album in 1997 on Universal
Music SK. The record was met with limited commercial success and Jana
was swiftly dropped by the global music giant.
Undeterred Jana formed a band in Bratislava. This band proved pivotal in
both it's music and support, Jana now realising her potential to engage
directly with an audience in real terms, away from the smokescreen of the
Out of this collaboration her second album "V Cudzom Meste” was born.
Without a label, Jozef Šebo, manager and influential rock 'n' roll stooge reapproached
Universal with the new material. They signed her on the spot to
a three album deal. The album, released in 1999, became one of the biggest
selling records of the year in Slovakia and received widespread critical
Later that year (1999), Jana was awarded “Gold” at the Slávik awards. She
was also nominated in 11 categories at the Aurel Awards (a. k. a. Slovak
Music Academy Awards).
In the year 2000 Jana concentrated her efforts for a time in neighbouring
Czech Republic. Success with the single "Modrá" soon gained her notoriety.
This – swiftly followed by high profile collaborations with the Czech singer
Meky Žbirka and Czech composer/singer Petr Hapka with “Bude Mi Lehká
Zem,” – assured her a solid relationship with the Czech audience which
exists as strong as ever to this day (Jana is currently living in Prague).
The partnership with Petr Hapka expanded to include Petr's right-hand man:
the lyricist Michal Horáček. The three of them released two albums in
partnership: "Mohlo By Tu Být i Líp" (2000) and "Strážce Plamene” (2006).
From this second album came the notable single "První Noc v Novém Byté" -
a duet with renowned Czech folk musician Jaromír Nohavica.
In 2002, Jana released her third album "Pelikán". Lacking some of the
upfront pop potential of the previous album it was not well received by the
record label. However it is a good example of Jana's focused commitment to
the self-determination of her career. One where music has always come first,
before fame or financial reward. Sure enough, Pelikán became the peoples
favourite – and an album that many to this day rate as one of her best.
After the release of fourth album "Veci čo sa dejú" in 2004, Jana was again
awarded "Singer of the Year" from the Slovak Music Academy. The track "Na
Čiernom Koni" also won "Best Song of the Year" and the associated video,
directed by Ondrej Rudavský, picked up "Best Music Video of the Year".
In 2005, following the desires of Universal to launch her internationally, Jana
moved to London to record an English Language CD "Shine" with producer
Ross Cullum (Tears for Fears, Enya, T. Amos, B. Ferry).
It proved a somewhat arduous affair, the album not finding release until
2007, though Jana reminisces in a positive light, quote; "it is only by leaving
your home country for a considerable amount of time that you start to
understand it". A sentiment echoed by many a traveller.
2009 saw the release of the film "Pokoj v duši" directed by Vlado Balko. Jana was
asked to compose and record the theme tune. It has become one of Jana's most played and
enjoyed hits, winning the somewhat absurd accolade "The Song of the Decade" as voted for
by the listeners of leading Slovak radio station Expres.
In 2010 Jana released her sixth album - and her last under Universal Music -
"Krajina Rovina". The album marked another sea change in her musical
direction and the first with British producer Eddie Stevens. "A step into the
unknown" it has been dubbed, Krajina Rovina hovers near, to some,
masterpiece status, it's acoustic/electric/electronic hybrid pastoral sounds
and landscapes reflecting a clear and honest lyrical reverie on the land of
her home. Perhaps the final fruition of her London experience summarised above.
Jana and Eddie's collaboration continues to this day with the two part project,
"Moruša". Part 1, "Biela," was released in November 2013, Part 2, "Čierna," on the
27th October, 2014. Based around a two week recording at Czech Republic's Sono Studios,
Moruša was written as a musical adventure through time – one based firmly in
Central Europe. It hopes to reflect the region's musical pedigree and offer
a future possible direction.
The concept has been realised by a mixture of top Slovak, Czech, and British
musicians, who combined under Eddie's direction and Jana's unique vision, drive
forward a sense of adventure, of journey, in often mysterious and unexpected ways.
The Moruša project plots the ever expanding topography of Jana's musical vocabulary,
and represents the latest stage of a career which continues to twist and turn unexpectedly.
All said and done, though, even by the most modest appraisal, it's a career that has
played a significant part in the Slovakian artistic achievements of of our time.
And long may she continue.
In 2015, Jana took a short break from recording and live activities in order to devote more
time to her family. In the meantime, her album Moruša: Čierna continued to reap success on her home
soil as well as in the Czech republic, peaked by the Slovak Radio_Head Award for the best album
of 2014 in the Critics' choice category. At that time, Jana was already contemplating the idea of
a remixed album which would link the Moruša project firmly together. In reality, this meant
hundreds of emails, months of work and approaching a host of up and coming producers from all
over Europe. Her effort was translated into Moruša: Remixed, a 12 track album released in autumn
2015 with contributions of 20 remixers from Central European region. The release was supported by
unique concert program in eight Slovak towns.