Zola Mennenöh (DE) is an improvising musician and composer working in experimental contemporary, avant-pop music and as collaborator within interdisciplinary contexts.
Known – and highly in demand – as a session musician in her native Germany and her adoptive second homes in Denmark and Norway, Zola Mennenöh is a singer, guitarist, flautist and sound artist. She has toured the world over, specialising in jazz, improvisation and experimental & avant garde choral music, both as a performer and as composer. It is through this experience and years of honing that her debut album Longing for Belonging (released on figureight records on 13th Nov 2020) comes into existence.
“Zola’s music touches on pastoral alternative folk, while splashes of classical decoration and melodic licks borrowed from jazz help illuminate unexpected corners. There is, in abundance, a songwriting sophistication in the mold of PJ Harvey or Beth Orton, a Southern Gothic shadow comparable to Neko Case and Nina Nastasia, and an omnivorous musical awareness that could stand alongside Cat Power’s varied arrangements.”
Mentors such as Sidsel Endresen, Jenny Hval and Greg Cohen shaped Zola’s career and her own style, an interdisciplinary and holistic understanding of art. She splits her time between Copenhagen, Berlin and Cologne.