“As ingenious as Tadić is, what makes Luka special is the contribution of Yvette, who with her violin brings the spirit of gypsy, even klezmer music, sad Americana as well as the playfulness of John Zorn's daring acoustic projects. Somewhat unexpectedly, the album, which could have sounded safe and familiar, catapulted into one of the safe contenders for the high places of this year's list of the best domestic and regional albums."
"[Yvette's] latest EP 'Open It Up' brings an experimental, classically inflected approach to folk/pop. The songs on this EP are lushly orchestrated, often with Yvette's violin or vocal harmonies at the front of the deep arrangements. The melodies are winding and unexpected but they float on top of a jazzy rhythm section. Not similar to much ... it has to speak for itself."
—the modern folk music of america
“The cast of twelve performers are entertaining to watch as they transform from musicians into many different characters... including Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth (an incredible violinist and vocalist)..."
—Shari Barrett, Broadway World Los Angeles
Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with violinist and composer Yvette Holzwarth, as she speaks about what it is like diving into Macedonian music with her collaborator, master guitarist, Miroslav Tadic, for the release of their new album, Luka, with sample tracks.
"Tadić je ostvario sjajnu suradnju s Yvette, koja mu savršeno odgovara po glazbenom svjetonazoru. Osim toga, fascinantno je kako je Amerikanka uspjela uhvatiti duh balkanske glazbe, ne samo na tehničkoj tazini i interpretaciji melodija, već je usvojila izvorni feeling."
"Tadićeva autorska ‘Happy 13’ kao razrada teme ‘Postupano oro’ baš kao i dramatični ‘Rustemul’ temeljen na rumunjskom plesu, imaju zanimljivu notu medievalnosti u kojima neko vremešno rockersko uho može pronaći i bliske rođačke veze s perjanicima britanskog folk-rocka šezdesetih ali i ‘tadićevski’ rukopis nadahnut flamencom te – uvjetno rečeno – gypsy stilistiku u izvrsnim violinskim dionicama maestralne Yvette."