JD ZAZIE is an experimental DJ, avant-turntablist and sound artist living between Berlin and Bolzano.
Coming from a DJ and a radiophonic background, over the years JD Zazie has explored different approaches of real-time manipulation on fixed recorded sound. In her work she redefines DJ and electroacoustic activities. As a solo performer, in small groups or large ensembles she moves in an area, which is constantly stretching the borders of what is supposed to be DJ mixing, free improvisation and composed music. Juxtaposition, decontextualization, fragmentation, repetition, sonic texture, scratch and error are elements of the grammar adopted to relate, organize and rearrange the sound material.
She is art director of “MuseRuole – women in experimental music” festival”, is a member of the Burp Enterprise collective and broadcasts monthly on CoLabRadio and on Reboot.fm.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions and events including Simultan festival (RU), Berlin Atonal (DE), All Ears (NO), Sonic Protest (FR), Heroines of Sound (DE), Reheat festival (AT), High Zero festival (US), Music Unlimited #27 (AT), Tuned City Bruxelles (BE), Open Provocation festival (UK), Festival Rue du Nord (CH), Audiograft 2012 (UK), Echtzeitmusiktage 2010 (DE), STEIM’s Turntable Night #7 (NL), Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst (DE).
She collaborated with Mat Pogo, Roberta WJ Meatball, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Ute Wassermann, Billy Roisz, Okkyung Lee, Mario de Vega, Dieb13, Joke Lanz and many others..
Memory Loss is a musical fantasy on how the decay of stored data affects the everyday experience. Built around self recorded HD electromagnetic sounds, corrupted audio data and field recordings. The work is a reflection on how the process itself of accumulating and storing information already contains the idea of loss.
S A R R A M
“A dark ceremony divided into four movements capable to nailing also the most unpredictable and distracted sonic traveler” Rockerilla
“As a whole, this is a real trip to listen to from end to end. Headphones recommended.” Toneshift
“Forty minutes of grandiose music, Gothic in the most spiritual sense, with an amazement tending to eternity.” Ondarock
“The success – and ultimate power – of Four Movements lies in S A R R A M’s attention to detail and the compositional awareness: it’s not just the way the crushing weight contrasts with the graceful levity, but the timing of the transitions. Everything is exquisitely poised and placed to yield the greatest effect – cerebral, emotional, physical – and that effect is most moving.”
‘Four Movements Of A Shade’ is Marras zijn weergave van wat er zich afspeelt aan de schaduwzijde van het universum.” Dark Entries
“S A R R A M is what could be called serious experimental – you don’t have to be very well versed in the six strings yourself to hear that there is much musical talent hiding even in the noisiest parts of this album. That doesn’t mean this is just some jazz musician showing how great he is with his guitar. Rather, the technical skills have been submerged into a deeply emotional tribute to a landscape, in a way that many other musicians probably would struggle to make work.
If you miss out on S A R R A M, you miss out on some very strange, very beautiful music. So don’t.” Archaic Triad (February ’17)