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Violinist, vocalist, and electronic artist Mia Zabelka is joined by Johannes Frisch (bass) and Pavel Fajt (drums, electronics) for an awesome set of improv that covers free rock, jazz, and soundscapes.

Zabelka Trio, Mia
Weird Tales And Elegant Motion

Zabelka Trio, Mia: Weird Tales And Elegant Motion (Monotype)
Label: Monotype    
Released in: Poland    

"Zabelka is a violin player (and more) from Vienna, Austria. Her career started in the 80s. Over the years she recorded with John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Franz Hautzinger, and many others. In 2011 her first solo-album appeared, "M", released by Monotype. It has Zabelka playing electric violin, voice, contact microphones, live-electronics. Now she returns with her trio that has Pavel Fajt (drums, live electronics) and Johannes Frisch (double bass, electric bass) as its members. In the past Fajt played a lot with another female violin player and improviser: the very talented Iva Bittova. Johannes Frisch is playing already some 30 years in the fields of avant garde music, playing with Lol Coxhill, Le Quan Ninh, Peter Hollinger, etc. The opening track "Backyard Funk" reminded me a lot of Miles Davis in his electric period. Similar pulse and groove is hidden in this track. But this track is not representative for the rest on the album. The trio continues with free rock, jazz improvisations, soundscapes, etc. I like these improvisations for the sounds they paint, for the spatial textures they create. Tight and dynamic improvisations in a way. But on the other hand it remains quite often unclear where they are hiding at. A bit unfocused and fragmented. The most lengthy piece "The Order of Things" is the positive exception to this. Here they take time built some engaging soundtextures."-Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly #858

"The mia zabelka trio was founded in 2009. Austrian violin adventurist Mia Zabelka's mission is to expand the capabilities, sound, scope, performance and experience of the Violin to levels never before attempted, seen or heard. She has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin's sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic effects and innovative performance techniques.

The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive. She has given concerts and performances throughout Europe, America and the former USSR and played with David Moss, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Peter Kowald, Phil Wachsman, Franz Hautzinger, Eliott Sharp, Martin Siewert, Joelle Leandre, amongst others. She is a three time winner of the International Prix Ars Electronica. Mia Zabelka is a pioneer of electroacoustic performance and composition in Austria. Her congenial partners in this new formation are Johannes Frisch, E-Bass, Electronics, and Pavel Fait, Drums. Since the mid-'80s, Pavel Fajt has been one of the most prominent musicians on the Czech alternative rock scene. As a drummer, a composer, and a bandleader, he has been instrumental in the shaping of a distinctive Czech rock identity. Back home, he first got noticed among the seminal group Dunaj. Internationally, he is best-known for his duo with Iva Bittová and for his appearance in the film and on the soundtrack Step Across the Border about avant-garde guitar hero Fred Frith.

Johannes Frisch is looking back as a double bass player on more than three decades of mainly improvised music, touring Europe and oversea, collaborating with numerous musicians, amongst them Johannes Bauer, Lol Coxhill, Peter Hollinger, Maggie Nicols and Irene Schweizer. He has been involved in a great variety of music groups and projects with many CD-releases. Currently he is member of the Kammerflimmer Kollektief, based formation between electronica and acoustically improvised music. As a bass player he uses his instrument as a sound machine, exploring also extreme techniques of sound production. The mia zabelka trio pushes improvisation to the forefront, that means interaction and communication between three distinct musical voices."-Monotype

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Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono052
Squidco Product Code: 16818

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Poland
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Jan Balcar at 3 Bees Studios, Prague in 2010.


Mia Zabelka-electric violin, voice, electronics

Johannes Frisch-double bass, electric bass

Pavel Fajt-drums, electronics

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Track Listing:

1. Backyard Funk 3:27

2. Djinn 4:54

3. Nasty Rumours 2:48

4. The Order of Things 9:26

5. Push 1:47

6. Cul de Sac 2:18

7. Slims & Slams 1:56

8. Lost Language 2:34

9. Epilogue 2:50

10. Uwaga - Serious Game 2:45

11. Back to Start 2:40

12. Wind / Rewind 4:45

13. Live in Klang.Haus 5:41