Lakiko is a cello - bowed, scratchy, repetitive and haunting.
However Lakiko is also a voice, singing about a nomadic existence, nightmares, an archaic past and a dystopian future. Lakiko - aka Lana Kostic - was created in 2016 in the bowels of an EEG-machine in Biel, where the cellist experimented with the idea of free will. While using her brainwaves simultaneously as instruction manuell on what to play next, Lakiko created material that originates seemingly beyond the depths of human consciousness - a part of our brain usually buried deep inside. This music - an impression of her musical biography - could not be more manifold: influences of Bosnian music blend with classical music, breathy pop vocals with contemporary spoken word, driving beats next to nearly endless glissandi-loops, and in between again and again the haunting sound of a cello. Lakikos music seems to brainwash its audience, reprogramming eyes and ears, screening an non-existing movie in your mind's eye. And once the spectacle is over the listener is sent home with a sense of bitter-sweet melancholy.
She graduated Classical Cello at the University of Arts Bremen and the University of Arts Bern and gained a master's degree in Composition and Theory and a minor´s degree in Classical Singing and Voice Performance.
Lakiko performed in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Serbia, Germany and France (Spike Festival - Dublin, Bascarsijske Noci Festival - Sarajevo, Sofarsounds Newcastle - Frankfurt - Belgrade, Kyburgiade Festival - Zürich, Musikfest Goslar - Harz))