ZOLA is a international quartet founded by german jazz vocalist and composer Zola Mennenöh in spring 2018 in Copenhagen. After gaining recognition as a jazz performer for her work with Greg Cohen or Max Andrzejewski, she has found her very own artistic expression and brings it to life with ZOLA, her electro-acoustic ensemble extraordinaire.
Zola Mennenöh’s voice and approach to lyrical singing is a phenoma on its own, leaving all unnecessities aside, to leave space for a raw and inescapable expression. Her music is intuitive and functions as a bridge from her truest core into the ears of the listener. Classically trained Nicole Hogstrand (Halvcirkel) from Sweden on her warm, yet non-confirmant sounding viola da gamba, german award-winning singer and pianist Johanna Borchert (FM Biography, Echo Jazz) on mesmerizing prepared-piano-soundscapes and sound wizzard Szymon Gasiorek from Poland with his ever inventing pallets of sounds create a sonic universe that is delicate, colourful and inviting.
‚Longing for belonging‘ is a warm embrace for our longing souls.
And an invitation to find our lost hearts and come up again, from the bottom of the ocean.
DEBUT ALBUM „Longing for belonging“ WILL BE OUT IN 2020.
ZOLA MENNENÖH, voice, composition, guitar, flute
NICOLE HOGSTRAND, viola da gamba
JOHANNA BORCHERT, prepared piano
SZYMON GASIOREK, drums/objects
SONNTAG is an improvising, international duo based in Copenhagen and Oslo. After meeting in the the beginning of 2018, the musicians quickly discovered their common interests in exploring the textural and tonal possibilities of their instruments while keeping the expression minimal and concrete. They work with nontraditional approaches to voice and piano by combining acoustic and electronic sounds. The music is responsive, gradually moving in different directions that can lead both to quiet, grainy, non-tonal parts, but also melodic, rhythmic, song-like fragments.
ZOLA MENNENÖH – Voice, Electronics, Sampler
GUOSTE TAMULYNAITE – Prepared Piano, Synthesizer
ALL THAT IS LEFT
One side-project of the heart of Zola is the exploration of collage work and creation of soundscapes w/ field recorded samples, sung & spoken words, melodies and sounds. Playing with form and formless fragments of past memories, recorded conversations of seemingly unimportant everyday stories. Acoustic, electronic, low-fi, live – all merging into one emotional landscape.
ALL THAT IS LEFT is
A sonic explorative experiment, meditating on what remains when nothing is as we know it. When all order no longer exists and we are exposed to what is there. No more, no less. What then, matters really? An invitation to be still, and listen to the small things. An attempt to detect the beauty of the moment and to arrive in the here and now.
ZOLA MENNENÖH – VOICE, SAMPLER, FIELD RECORDINGS
OF CABBAGES AND KINGS
OF CABBAGES AND KINGS is a Cologne based collective band of four vocalists, exploring the possibilities of the human voice times four. All four vocalists are solo performers and composers themselves, and therefore wish to create a space for everyone to express their individual stories, and at the same time become one body of sound together. A democratic, supportive structure leaving space for genre-crossing music from poem settings, free improvisations to arranged folk or pop songs.
VERONIKA MORSCHER, voice, composition
ZOLA MENNENÖH, voice, composition
LAURA TOTENHAGEN, voice, composition
REBEKKA ZIEGLER, voice, composition
ZOLA & GREG
World-travelled american bass player, arranger and composer Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Lou Reed, John Zorn) and vocalist Zola Mennenöh play together since 2012 and dedicate their performances to the connection in the moment. To the creation of a space of trust, where anything is possible. Jazz, Blues, Americana and Improvised Music.
This duo is an open and playful approach to the gems of jazz history.
ZOLA MENNENÖH, voice
GREG COHEN, doublebass