Česká Televize has released today the song Martina Bárta will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The singer, internally selected by the broadcaster, will sing “My Turn”, a ballad composed by Kyler Niko.
You can listen to the song below:
About the Martina Bárta:
Martina Bárta is a young, ambitious, and talented singer – a new discovery on the jazz scene, endlessly travelling between Prague and Berlin, a combination of respect for the classics and a love of everything modern and innovative. With her song, “My Turn,” Bárta brings immense enthusiasm, positive energy, and an exceptional style of expression to Eurovision. She captured the attention of the ESC Czech Team’s management both with her strong and captivating voice as well as with her energy and musical sensitivity.
Czech fans know Martina from her performances with the legendary Felix Slováček Big Band as well as from the successful project, Sinatrology. She also often performs with her older sister, Kristina, who is a successful jazz pianist and composer. Together they have won such awards as the “2016 Best Jazz Composition” at Bohemia Jazz Fest. However, she truly came into the limelight thanks to her win in the television casting show, ” Robin Hood – cesta ke slávě” (“Robin Hood – The Path to Fame”), which offered her the opportunity to play the leading female role of “Maid Marion” in the musical Robin Hood by Ondřej Soukup and Gábina Osvaldová in Prague’s Divadlo Kalich Threatre.
It is in Germany, however, that Martina has experienced her most significant success and popularity. She performs regularly with various musical projects, has appeared at many jazz festivals, works on her own project, “Scotch and Soda,” and makes guest appearances with the band of German rock legend, Henning Protzmann, famed member of the bands Karat and Panta Rhei. Her artistic activity abroad has earned her the privilege to meet and collaborate with global musical leaders such as the Roy Hargrove Quintet and American percussionist, Gregory Hutchinson. Last year, she had her first opportunity to travel to the United States of America, when she participated in the Jazz in Port Townsend workshop under the leadership of American contrabassist and Grammy Award-winning arranger John Clayton.
A large share of the brilliance of her expression can be attributed to her studies in classical music and French horn performance at the Gymnázium Jana Nerudy grammar school, popular vocal performance at the Prague Conservatoire, and, most importantly, her studies with leaders in their field at the prestigious Jazz Institut Universität der Künste in Berlin.
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