Photo: Hana Žaneta Fleknová
Žofie Kašparová is a flute player, bass clarinet player, composer and music teacher from Prague, Czech Republic, currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Being educated in many different genres (western classical music, jazz, Swedish traditional music, oriental music, balkan music and other) makes her a versatile musician adaptable in different contexts.
Žofie’s own composed music is a contemplative world of dreams influenced by western minimalism, oriental rhythms and Scandinavian folk music. But often it is an exciting improvisation flight to the unknown.
Žofie has been performing on many stages and festivals in Sweden, Czech Republic and all around Europe with different projects – 13th Dimension, GAO, Bosphorus Ensemble, La Paz de Carnevales, The Bohemian Kangaroos, Etno Histeria Umeuropa Caravan, Transatlantic Chilean Folk Ensemble, Soliloqui, Unreel, Tamaral,…
In 2017 her band 13th Dimension won in open call of Czech Music Crossroads, the biggest world music showcase and conference in Czech Republic.
Currently she’s working as a freelance musician, as a teacher of woodwind instruments at the music school in Ulricehamn (Sweden) and organizing world music jam sessions in Gothenburg.
Žofie was born in Prague (Czech Republic) and she started with playing classical music as a child. She studied classical and jazz flute at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague and musicology at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. However classical music has never been “the genre of her heart” (even if it remains a remarkable influence in her playing and composition style). From her teenage years she has been trying out many different music styles as Irish and Balkan folk music, gospel singing, first improvisation tries and a long lasting passion for jazz.
The longing for making music “out of the box”, whithout borders and musts brought her to study at the World Music Programme at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg (Sweden), where she graduated in 2017. There she developed as an independent artist and collected many experiences and knowledge that became her huge inspiration for composition – Nordic folk music and Middle Eastern music.
Photo: Johannes Bergil