Biography

Milli Janatková´s creative work takes in music and visual arts.

Her most personal instrument is her voice. She has studied within the study abroad programme at the Departments of Music and Theatre ( and also Visual Arts and Design Department) at the University of Évora, Portugal, which inspired her to use Portuguese in her songs. There were two singers, among others,- who inspired her in the classes during her journey — Portuguese singer, Joana Machado, and Polish jazz star Aga Zaryan. Apart from singing, Milli has been playing the guitar since childhood and, more recently, has added percussion and drums. Recently she has focused on freedom of “voice in movement” that she has worked on since 2008. Fascinated by improvisation, her experimental approach uses her whole body—breath, voice, and movement—and rhythms “played on just about anything” to make music that combines elements of jazz, Latin American and World music, as well as experimental electronics and ambient music.

Besides occasional musical cooperation or concerts (with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Faria, Portuguese accordeonist João Gentil, double- bassist Jaromír Honzák, Feng- Yün Song, Jana Koubková, Alan Vitouš) — and her regular band— she has collaborated with singers Ridina Ahmed, Antonia Nyass and artist Jaroslav Kořán (the latter on his project Orloj snivců, Horologe of Dreamers). The recording “porto” with another experimental project “katsa.theo” was nominated for an Anděl 2010 Czech Music Award in Alternative music genre.

In February 2013, Milli Janatková released her debut album “Proměna” /Transformation/ and she has focused on solo concerts under the same title presenting songs from the album and incorporating improvisation with her voice, expressive movement, various instruments and loop station, against a backdrop of her original painting. She has transformed this painting into her handmade performance dress and jewels. She adapts her songs for jazz arrangement as the Milli Janatková Quartet or Trio or Duo with experienced pianist and composer Marek Novotný and double- bass player Petr Tichý and drums.  ”Proměna” album has been honored with four nominations for The 13th Independent Music Awards, USA. “Proměna” has been also honored with two nominations for The Tais Awards 2014.

Milli also leads creative workshops that bring together her rich experience with the voice, visual arts and movement. She was also teaching vocal improvisation classes and visual arts classes at Prague Duncan Centre Conservatory, from February 2010 to December 2014. Since 2014 and 2015 she has focused on her new creative projects and relax. Projects “Mým kořenům” and “Quiet, please!” are going to be realized in 2016 and 2017.