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Marta Topferova

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Marta started singing at age eight in her native Prague, Czech Republic with the Mládí choir. Upon moving to the US in 1987, she continued her vocal and music studies with The Seattle Girls’ Choir. At an early age, she sang in many different languages including Latin, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Finnish and Czech, as well as a wide range of works by Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn, Francis Poulenc and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi to name a few.

She toured Germany and Finland participating in choral festivals in 1985, 1986 and 1990. Her first two recordings were a collection of songs inspired by children’s poetry from the Terezín concentration camp, and A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, both with The Seattle Girls’ Choir.

But Marta’s first encounter with Latin American music goes back to when she was six years old, she remembers her favorite album being Inti-Illimani’s songs from the Andes. Her parents, both actors, had gotten the record from a Chilean friend that had come to live in Czechoslovakia in the 1970’s.

So around age fifteen, when she started developing as a soloist, exploring her own style and direction as a singer, she was again completely drawn to music from Spain, Cuba and South America. She was particularily inspired by Camarón de la Isla, Paco de Lucía, Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Joao Gilberto, A.C. Jobim, Vinicius Da Moraes, Ornella Vanoni, Guillermo Portabales, Eliades Ochoa, Benny More, Los Compadres and Simon Diaz.

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