Barbora Xu (Silhanova) is a singer and composer playing zithers: Chinese guzheng and Finnish kantele. She focuses on reviving ancient music and making contemporary compositions of traditional poems.
Barbora is a singer-songwriter making music fusion based on Finnish and Chinese traditional instruments and poetry.
Originally from Czech Republic, Barbora has been living in Taiwan and Finland, studying traditional singing styles and zithers, specifically Chinese Gu Zheng and Finnish Kanteles.
In 2015-16, she conducted a fieldwork study on the development of Bunun indigenous music of Taiwan. In 2018, Barbora graduated as an expert on Chinese culture at the centre of East Asian Studies of the University of Turku. She has been studying guzheng under the supervision of well-renowned Taiwanese teacher We Dedong and Wu Juhua. In the present, she studies the Global Music Programme at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Barbora has been organising various cultural events such as the United by Music concert in August 2017 at the Turku Concert Hall. Currently, she is a fellow at the Making Tracks, a UK project initiating music-based social and environmental engagement. Barbora’s sponsor is the world’s biggest kantele manufacturer, the Koistinen Kantele o.y.
During her career, Barbora has performed around the world at various major cultural venues, such as the King’s Place in London, the Megaron Concert Hall in Greece or the Musiikkitalo and Turku Concert Hall in Finland. Her work has gained visibility i.e. at YLE, MTV3, the International Radio Taiwan, the Czech National Radio.
Barbora Silhanova (Czech Republic) - kantele, guzheng, voice
Concert length 20-60 mins
Stage min 2x2,5m
Amplified / Acoustic
Suitable for theatre/ concert hall / church / intimate settings / nature
Guzheng: Neumann stereo pair / XLR for DPA gooseneck mic / DI box for contact mic
Vocal: XLR for DPA headset mic, or wireless headset
Concert Kantele: DI box for mono jack cable
Small Kantele: Condenser mic / DI box for contact mic
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