Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Katarína Máliková was born in 1990 in Polomka, Slovakia. Her music combines traditional Slovak folk songs, art-pop, classical and world music.
She grew up in Polomka in the Horehronie region, among mountains and traditional songs. The mystical character of her home region left a strong impression in her music.
“In my childhood I was touched by folklore and 90s’ pop culture, which hardly found its way to Horehronie,”says Katarína Máliková. “Later, the dreams about the big city came, together with jazz – that was my remedy during my teenage years. My studies of classical music were also a big influence on me. Returning to my birth place Horehronie with the music of Telgárt, Šumiac, or Pusté pole will always be spots that I pass with feeling of something forgotten, mysterious and haunting.”
In 2017 Katarína Máliková and her band performed at major world music festivals and venues in Slovakia and abroad, such as Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), EtnoKraków/Crossroads Festival in Krakow (Poland), World Music Festival Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest Ritmo (Hungary).
The lineup in 2017 included Andrej Turčin on first violin; Janko Tomek on acoustic and electric bass; Katarína Máliková on lead vocals, piano, keyboards, tambourine, and wind instruments; Katarína Turčinová on flute and fujara; Klaudia Kosmeľová on piano; Ondrej Druga on accordion and vocals; Tomáš Hríbik on drums and percussions; and Žaneta Mariňáková on second violin and tambourine.
Katarína Máliková’s music combines Slovak folk, global sounds, electronic and classical music.
Her atmospheric debut album, titled Pustvopol (barren field) included new arrangements of folk songs from Zvolen and quickly attracted the attention of the media and the public, and soon became one of the top albums in Slovakia.
Pustvopol (Slnko , 2016)