Milli Janatková, a unique musician and artist as well as an educator, is launching a project that includes a music album accompanied by a collection of artworks. Following her project To My Roots, the freshly released Hluboko / Deep album is based on her original arrangements of ancient Czech songs from the 10th to 15th centuries. Janatková began creatively exploring Czech culture after she used her song to discover her own roots in 2014. The new album was released at Czech mythical Říp Mountain, where the artist performed her songs in the Romanesque rotunda of St. George and St. Adalbert on October 4, 2020.
Milli has been arranging the oldest Czech musical heritage for two years. Prior to releasing her album in 2019, she won the Independent Music Award in New York for her song Buoh / God. Upon the artist’s request, this unusual album was released into the Supraphon Publishing distribution network on September 28, 2020, a national holiday of the Czech Statehood Day and celebration of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia and Moravia. The songs exude peace and strength, as do her paintings of landscapes and architecture.
The project is also unusual because the artist recorded, produced and released the album herself, as she did with her musical debut Proměna / Transformation (2013). You can hear her melodic polyphonic layers and sounds, as well as the rhythms of guitars, drums and various percussions. The visual side of the album is also important. Using colors, Janatková supplements songs with paintings of the oldest monuments of Romanesque architecture found in the Czech Republic. The album was recorded in the All Senses Production studios in Prague by sound master Štěpán Škoch.