MIA ZABELKA & PHILIPPE PETIT have started to go onstage and improv together for a few months and already convey an impression that they have known forever, being totally on the same wavelength. Zabelka frames her musical language on the violin from her body’s gestures, i.e. physical movement is spontaneously translated into sound. She also transfers this access to the improvisation with her voice. 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. While PETIT is assaulting turntables to take advantage of the vinyl material to fondle released sounds, raking the needle across the record's grooves, rubbing their stylus on paper, cardboard, metal to process unusual noises and textures… Headbutting... Dancing... Enjoying to perform and entertain his audience.
MIA ZABELKA is a violinist and vocalist from Vienna, who is regarded as one of the leading 21st century proponents of what is known as experimental violin music. At the age of seven, MIA ZABELKA discovered the violin. She was eager to find out how this musical object could produce interesting sounds when touched with a wooded stick strung with horsehair. During her classical training with Alexander Arenkov, an assistant of David Oistrach, at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, she began to play with various jazz rock bands from the age of 14 and also began to compose music for these formations. A few years later she turned to the study of electroacoustic music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna , creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. She has now developed a language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities for over 20 years, expanding the range of the instrument using live electronic devices, preparing it through the insertion of alien objects between or on the strings and innovative performance techniques. The sound of MIA ZABELKA has always been both instinctive and fuelled by a love of melody and microtonality. Zabelka is clearly a woman who knows her instrument – quite literally – inside out, and she’s as unafraid of approaching it with a fresh sensibility and an impassioned commitment to exploration as she is capable of drawing upon an unusually broad range of influences. Zabelka loves to make journeys into the unknown and unexpected sonic territories. Her openness to the most varied musical directions and eclectic artistic influences have resulted in collaborations with numerous prominent international artists including John Zorn, David Moss, Pauline Oliveros, Eliot Sharp, Dälek, Audrey Chen, Maria Chavez, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, Lydia Lunch and Electric Indigo among many others.