violin, voice, electronics, composition, conduction
Mia Zabelka is an Austrian contemporary classical composer and sound artist as well as an amazing improvising musician and vocalist. She has collaborated with a string of exciting artists from around the world and works with acoustic and electric violin, voice, electronic devices, contact mics and laptop. Her electric groups include Mia Zabelka / Gavino Canu, Medusa’s Bed with Lydia Lunch & Zahra Mani, ASTMA, Zabelka /Petit and Redshift Orchestra. Acoustically she works as a soloist and with Trio Blurb (w. Maggie Nicols/ John Russell) duos Gino Robair, Audrey Lauro and Nicola Hein and groups ALLIGATOR and the ZZM Trio. She also curates KlangHaus Untergreith and Phonofemme in Austria.
After completing her training with a very strong classical emphasis, she began to develop her own highly individual technique over a period of years, in which she succeeded in making her violin “sing” as a result of which she has become the focus of intense audience interest in all of her performances. She has lived and worked in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Cologne and South Styria. Mia Zabelka’s first solo album “M”, released on Monotype Records (Poland), received many enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Her new solo album “M2” will be released in winter 2016/ 2017. “M is above all a particularly vibrant masterpiece of experimental music”, The Milkman (UK); “Highly inventive work from the Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka on her “M”, The SoundProjector Magazine (UK); “Mia has an outstanding ability to make her instrument(s) speak to the audience, telling beautiful, fascinating and thrilling stories that won’t leave us unmoved. If you achieve this, apart from virtuosity, you are a great artist indeed. The letter M stands for masterful, magical, mesmerizing.“ Caleidoscoop (NL).
ph: Petra Cvelbar