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shut up and listen! 2022


Transdisziplinäres Festival für Musik und Klangkunst







Freitag, 23. September 2022, 21:20

Zahra Mani & Jaka Berger: Reflections of empty spaces

Audiovisuelle Performance


[Zahra Mani; Foto: Ziga Kritnik]

[Zahra Mani; Foto: Ziga Kritnik]


Zahra Mani

(Feldaufnahmen, Bassgitarre, Live-Elektronik)

Zahra Mani (UK/PK) was born in London, lives in Austria and spends time in Istria, Croatia, the UK and Pakistan. Sound, installation and radio artist, improviser, composer and producer, Zahra is a multi-instrumentalist whose instruments include piano, double bass, bass guitar and custom-built electronics by Stephan Moore (www.oddnoise.com). Her sound is characterized by a burgeoning archive of field recordings, instrumental and found sounds that she edits, loops, transforms and re-composes as central organic elements of her music in a differentiated exploration of spaces between, where voices, instruments, machines, the sea, wind, rain, animals and landscapes provide the acoustic basis for auditory worlds. Production and live tools include hardware by arturia, motu, roland and various recording devices, software includes pro tools, ableton live, max/msp and various daws. Collaborations include work with Mia Zabelka in various constellations, notably the ongoing project One.Night.Band and trio with Lydia Lunch, Medusa's Bed. Has performed with numerous international musicians and artists including inter-medial work with Mia Makela and Elise Passavant.


Jaka Berger

(Perkussion, Modular Synthesizer)

Jaka Berger is one of the most active, creative and versatile drummers, composers and improvisers on the Slovenian music scene in the last fifteen years. In 2006 he released his debut album with Samo Šalamon and Achille Succi for Italian label Splasch records. Since 2014 till today he is regularly publishing music for prepared drums that he is constructing by himself. His albums are regularly reviewed by international media on improvisation and electroacoustic music. He is part of experimental sound installation project Partija/The game with visual artist Matej Stupica, member of bands Ludovik Material and Darla Smoking. Performed in independent theater shows Gremo Vsi!, Novo mesto Readymade and Nein. Toured with EBM legends Borghesia. In 2015 he released an album of graphic composition Treatise by Cornelius Cardew. In 2016 he performed his most complex piece Audible life stream tentet for ten musicians. In 2017 finished a japan tour and released a second album with international VOB trio. Currently he is performing free jazz with Mezei Šalamon Berger trio, Džuklje Berger duo and Šalamon Džukljev Berger – Fresh Dust trio (FMR records UK), Bootleg Unit (FMR records UK), released electro acoustic album dedicated to composer Morton Feldman with pianist Dejan Berden and integrating modular synth into his prepared drumset. Since 2020 Jaka is returning to Cornelius Cardew Treatise composition, he released an album called Breakfast with Cardew that received very good reviews in international media. In 2021 he released a book of poetry remixes and sound translations called Poetrix, that includes poems of the best Slovenian independent writers. In recent years he was a mentor on drumming and musical improvisation workshops and is regularly teaching drums as private lessons. He is constantly upgrading his knowledge and experience in drums, music, composing and improvisation with many different musicians and improvisers from all around the globe and is developing the concept of workshops as a wide collective creative space based on improvisation and communication. With his ideas and approach he incorporates music into our everyday lives and through it teaches and encourages relationships based on listening, responding, coexisting and cooperating.