13. 03. 2012 07:30
Dagmar Voňková-Andrtová is a Czech guitarist, singer and songwriter. After completing grammar school she studied at a pedagogical faculty for two years and then held a number of odd jobs, combining work with her devotion to music. Her official music career started off in 1971 when she was featured in the Mladý svět magazine. Later she became a member of Šafrán, the creative group of songwriters whose other member were Jaroslav Hutka, Vladimír Merta and Vlastimil Třešňák. After Šafrán dissolved, Dagmar took a hiatus from performing and enjoyed a comeback in the 1980s with her strikingly unique style of guitar playing and song writing. Her contribution lies mainly in the notable guitar playing technique full of experiments never tried by anyone else before. She uses two or three bows, plays on the fingerboard using her right hand, and she scratches the strings with her nails etc. She was also recognized abroad, being one of the first Czechs to perform at the respected Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The double album Milí moji (Dear My), which is her most complete release to date, came out in 2004. The title of her last album is Slunci ležím v rukou (Lying in the Hands of Sun) and she recorded it with guitarist Zdeněk Zdeněk.