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Zoë Martlew artist residency

2012-03-16

British cello virtuoso and voice performer Zoë Martlew joins Edition·S and SNYK this Spring as a recipient of the 2012 Danish International Visiting Artist Award (aka the DIVA award).

Zoë has performed and recorded around the world as soloist and with contemporary music ensembles, rock, pop, folk, jazz, improvisation, electronica and multi-media artists. She works regularly with London Sinfonietta and has had artistic collaborations as well as solo projects in dance and theatre, for instance the one-woman cabarets Z Unleashed and Revue Z written and performed by Zoë herself.

During her stay in Denmark Zoë is developing her own music and theatre pieces alongside collaborations with Danish artists and musicians, building upon creative relationships established last year including that with composer Line Tjørnhøj. Line’s current multi-media collaboration project Er Verden Sand includes performances of new works for cello, voice and live electronics taking place in Aalborg,Vordingborg and Aarhus this summer. Zoë is also going to write and perform a site specific performance piece for this year’s ACTS Festival in Roskilde June 16-17, she is taking part in “Host Guest Ghost “performance piece at Dansehallerne, is working on new solo cello and electronics pieces with Danish composers Christian Winther Christensen, Ejnar Kanding, Jens Peter Møeller and Morten Olsen for concerts in 2013, and making two short films of her new pieces with local artists. She will be presenting her own new works in Copenhagen in workshops, concerts and radio during the residency.

Zoë’s creative collaboration with Line Tjørnhøj began in February 2011 at the Women’s Museum, Aarhus, Denmark, along with film maker/photographer Jürgen Diemer. During an intense week together they worked on a multi-media performance piece Tomorrow's Child, a monodramatic opera for cello/voice, sampler, electronics and video which will be performed at the Wundergrund Festival in Copenhagen in October 2012. The starting point for the work was an exploration of the experiences of the rape victims of the Bosnian War, as depicted by journalists and in interviews at the time, branching out into related issues and emotional states.

We are very pleased to have Zoë here and look forward to collaborate with her.

Zoë’s DIVA residency is awarded by the Danish Arts Council and administered by Edition·S and SNYK.

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