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Music Auditions: Mia Zabelka - Classical - Vienna, Austria | Music Discovery XO


03-07-2020 19:03 GMT

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Mia Zabelka
Classical Singer Songwriter
Vienna, Austria


Austrian violinist, vocalist and composer Mia Zabelka is at the forefront of international electro-acoustic performance art. She developed her unique musical language in a process she calls “automatic playing”, where the music grows out of her body and gestures and finds its expression in her electric violin with electronic devices, alien objects, vocals, and/or acoustic violin. Using this set up she is given the opportunity to expand the sound range so extensively that the violin itself becomes an interface, an electronic sound generator and thus a sound machine. Mia Zabelka is continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in experimental performances and compositions that question established notions, improving the available techniques and given structures. The violin and her own voice and body are transformed in the process into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive. Her previous collaborators include Elliott Sharp, Dälek, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Robin Rimbaud, Electric Indigo, John Russell, Maggie Nicols and Lydia Lunch. She has given concerts and performances at many Festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia, CTM/ Berlin, Rewire/ Den Haag, Elevate/ Graz, Café Oto/ London, Iklektic/ London, musikprotokoll/ Steirischer Herbst/ Graz, Forte Festival/ Portugal, Störung Festival/Barcelona, Donaufestival/Krems, MADE Festival/Umea, Wien Modern Festival/Vienna, Salzburger Festspiele/ Salzburg, All Frontiers Festival/Gradisca d’Isonzo, CoC Art Festival/Torun, Long Arms Festival/Moscow, Discovery Festival/London, Sonic Circuits Festival/Washington DC, Issue Project Room/New York, Spektrum/ Berlin, Nuit d’Hiver Festival/Marseille, Strefa Monotype/Warsaw, Audio Art Festival/ Pula, AAVE Festival/Helsinki, Avantgarde Festival/Schiphorst, Henie Onstad Museum/Oslo, Festival Musique Actuelle/Victoriaville, Meakusma Festival/ Belgium, Flussi Festival/ Italy, Incubate Festival/ the Netherlands, among others. Numerous CD, vinyl and video releases (Extraplatte, Edition RZ, Monotype Records, Karlrecords, FMR, LCR Records, Störung, Evil Rabbit Records, Creative Sources, Setola di Maiale, among others). Recipient of highly regarded prizes (3- time winner of 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. Recently Mia Zabelka was awarded The Akademia Music award 2018 for her composition “For Pauline Oliveros”, commissioned by Steirischer Herbst/ Musikprotokoll and Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Mia Zabelka is currently the artistic director of Phonofemme Festival Vienna and Klanghaus Untergreith in the region of South Styria.

Music Education | Training | Qualifications:

Studied Sound Art at PoP & MoM, Former Deep Listening Institute Studied Musical composition at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Studied Violin at MUK - Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien Went to GRG II Zirkusgasse

Musical Instruments | Studio Equipment:

Zeta Electric Violin Jazz Model, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Faderfox MX12, Steinberg UR22mk II, Novation Launch Pad, Empress SuperDelay, ChaseBliss Brothers, Zvex Box of Metal, Strymon Big Sky, Moog MF Flanger, Moog MF Ring, Tube MP, ChaseBliss TonalRecall, ElectroHarmonix POG2, ElectroHarmonix SuperEgo, Mooer Volume Pedal, Pigtronix Infinity Looper, Far East Electric Angel Dust

Influences | Sounds Like:

Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, Merzbow, Brian Eno





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