Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Casa Del Popolo
Suoni per il Popolo and CKUT present
Mia Zabelka is a sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, Jewish and French familiar background, who lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria.
As a sound artist and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques.
She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.
As one of the spearheads of the austrian music avantgarde“ (MICA-Music Information Center Austria) Mia Zabelka developed the process she describes as automatic playing, continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in radical and provocative performances and compositions that question established notions and given structures. She has given concerts and performances throughout Europe, America and Asia. Recipient of numerous prizes (3-time winner oft the Prix Ars Electronica) and awards, she was a guest of the DAAD’s (German Academic Exchange Service’s) international artists’ programme in Berlin and the Fulbright Commission in New York.