Maja Osojnik: »Since When Is Being Female Considered A Genre?« – video interview

Slovenian composer and improviser, flutist, vocalist, electronic musician and label owner Maja Osojnik lives and works in Vienna and is for more than ten years one of the main protagonists of strong Viennese scene. In her musical practice, she mostly uses the voice, Paetzold bass recorders, own field recordings, DJ-CD, tapes and other lo-fi electronic devices, toys, trash and found objects. Maja made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free improvisation, sound art and heavier music. Moving in limbo between analogue and digital art, virtual and real spaces, she tries to expand, deconstruct and reinterpret the tonal spectra of mentioned instruments and to assign them new roles – a process reminiscent of building anagrams. In her compositions she combines love for simple songs, experimental electro-acoustic, abstract music, early and contemporary classical music as well as elements and forms of noise and rock. She composes music for dance, theater, film, radio plays, sound instalations and various ensembles and orchestras and writes lyrics, that she performs with her bands. Current projects include the ZSAMM duet (with Patrick Wulzwallner), Rdeča raketa duet (with Matija Schellander) and the trio with Natascha Gangl, solo project and collaborations with Anthony Pateras and others. She founded her own record label, Mamka Records, and this year was a resident artist at the renowned Saalfelden Festival.

She has talked with Tomaž Grom about leaving Slovenia and working in Vienna, about recorder, transition to electronics, about (self) promotion, sexism in different genres and the position of women in music.


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