Vectomov in 2016
|Birth name||Soňa Večtomová|
|Born|| (1979-05-21) 21 May 1979
Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
|Occupation(s)||Musical artist, philanthropist, music pedagogue|
Sonja Vectomov (born 21 May 1979) is a Czech-Finnish electronic musician and composer who descends from a family rooted in the classical music world. Vectomov is married to American writer and conductor David Woodard. Her parents are Vladimír Večtomov and Sonja Vectomov.
Vectomov's initial music experiments began during the 1980s in Finland and involved musique concrète with home tape recorders, four years of performing and touring with the children's choir Vox Aurea under the direction of Kari Ala-Pöllänen, and violin and piano studies under a curriculum for precocious children at Keski-Suomen konservatorio, where her father Vladimír Večtomov taught classical guitar. Her grandfather Ivan Večtomov, also a composer, was a cellist with the Czech Philharmonic for 22 years, and her uncle was the cellist Saša Večtomov.
During the mid-1990s, Vectomov moved to Prague to assume a 1st violin chair with the Pražský studentský orchestr under the direction of Mirko Škampa. Concomitantly she monitored the electronic music scenes in Finland and England.
As a solo artist Vectomov's concerts sometimes involve elements of installation, e.g., the transformation of a stage into a salon. She has stated that Conlon Nancarrow and David Byrne are important influences.
The title of Vectomov's experimental debut album is her self-coined portmanteau of the New Latin / Greek words lampron (bright) and phrenia (mind). The album features electronic compositions with vocals, and is considered unpredictable and "full of unexpected twists and turns."
The first single "Two in One," for which Mika Johnson directed a music video featuring prima ballerina Jana Andrsová, "recounts a story of death and transfiguration, interspecies karma and plant consciousness—this maiden release from Lamprophrenia pulses with nucleopatriphobic synthesizer rhythms, violin, viola, harmonica, mandolin and the consummate intonements of Vectomov."
Like both of her parents, Vectomov is a pedagogue. She has designed and taught music workshops for at-risk youths and disadvantaged Romani children in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic.
Vectomov makes a cameo appearance in H*art On, Andrea Culková's 2016 documentary film about the virtually unknown early 20th century writer Milada Součková and her husband, Devětsil-era painter Zdeněk Rykr.
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- Galerie Středočeského kraje (GASK), "Umění spojení 014 / Junior", Dec 12, 2014.
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