Mia Zabelka, Mia Mäkelä & Zahra Mani

Zahra Mani (field recordings, bass guitar and electronics), Mia Zabelka (electric violin, vocals and electronics) and Mia Mäkelä (visuals) have been working together in duo, trio and ensemble constellations for five years. This is their first performance together in Helsinki, where they will present new intermedial work in which visuals are generated by midi information and oscillations of the live audio. The musicians react to the dynamic visual space in a synaesthetic, complex, shifting, dense but differentiated electro-acoustic performance.


SAT 12.4.2014, Pieni sali 20:30
Address: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki


Mia Zabelka (AT), sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czechish, Jewish and French family background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician 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.

Zahra Mani (UK/ PK/AT) lives in Austria and Croatia. As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, she creates pulsing, shifting soundscapes derived from her burgeoning archive of instrumental and found sound that she has been recording and developing since 2002. Her work focuses on liminal spaces, where field recordings, voices, instruments, machines, the sea, the wind, animals and landscapes provide the acoustic basis for auditory worlds.

Mia Mäkelä works in the fields of real-time audiovisual performance, experimental video and documentary. Her work has been described as “A dark delirium of images, a disintegrated vision on a complex world – a digital version of William Blake’s poetry”. Her style ranges from minimal abstractions to multilayered compositions following a dreamlike narrative audiovisual journey.

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