Mia Zabelka

Mia Zabelka

Violinist, vocalist and composer, curator of Klanghaus Untergreith and Phonofemme together with Zahra Mani. Lives and works in south Styria and in Vienna; studied the violin at the Vienna Conservatory with Alexander Arnekov and composition and electro-acoustic music at the University for Music and performing Art in Vienna with Roman Haubenstock Ramati, Kurt Schwetsik and Dieter Kaufmann, and music and journalism at the University of Vienna. Studied abroad in Cologne, Berlin and New York.

For more than ten years she has been engaged in the development of experimental improvisation techniques on the electric violin and using her voice. Her focus is on exploring relationships between the body, gesture, sound and space.

She also uses electronic machines and instruments and a computer to create broader sonic spectra. Physical directness and the enjoyment of experimental processes characterise her musical imagery, in a constant effort to achieve greater complexity and simultaneous transparency.

She is widely regarded as one of the leading protagonists of music performance and electro-acoustic, improvised music in Austria and often engages in interdisciplinary work, bringing together various artistic genres including theatre, performance, literature, music and new media.
Numerous multi-media performances and concerts in Europe, America and the former UDSSR.
“Composer in Residence” at Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne, work at the electronic studio of the broadcasting organisation WDR, ZKM Karlsruhe, at STEIM in Amsterdam and at the experimental studio of the Warsaw broadcasting organisation.
Numerous prizes and awards; guest of the DAAD international artist programme; stipends from the Austrian BM:UKK / BKA Kunst, the Fulbright Commission, and the Lower Austrian state government; three time winner of the Ars Electronic award (1988, 1993, 1994), winner of the WDR composition competition.

Commissioned works for the Salzburg Festival / Zeitfluss, Ars Electronica, steirischer Herbst, Jeunesse Wien, Wiener Festwochen, Bonn Days of Contemporary Music, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Inventions Berlin, Academy of the Arts Foundation Berlin, New Music America, Wien modern, Ny Musikk, Donaufestival, the Vienna Konzerthaus, De Ijsbreker Amsterdam, ORF Ö1 Kunstradio, Klangturm St. Pölten, Osterklang Wien, Graz2003 and Transit.
From 1995 to 2000 artistic director of the Klangturm St. Pölten.

2002 foundation of “colophony circuit” with Electric Indigo. 2003 foundation of the One.Night.Band together with Zahra Mani.
Work with John Zorn, David Moss, Peter Kowald, Phil Wachsman, Walter Malli, Franz Hautzinger, Martin Siewert, Phil Minton, Shelley Hirsch, Fernando Grillo, Eliot Sharp, Wolfgang Mitterer, Frances Marie Uitti, Joelle Leandre, Fred Frith, Manon Liu Winter, Audrey Chen, Philippe Petit, Lydia Lunch, Maggie Nichols, John Russell, amongst others. She works with DJs and electronic musicians including I-Wolf (Wolfgang Schlögl), DJ Still, Dälek, Gerhard Potuznik, Rubert Huber, Robin Rimbaud and Electric Indigo. Her work was profoundly influenced by her acquaintanceship and work with Pauline Oliveros and Phill Niblock.

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