Irena Z. Tomažin

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Irena Z. Tomažin is a dancer, choreographer and vocalist, and post-graduate student of philosophy. Her main professional interests are dance & theatre performances and experimental musical improvisation. The first of her six original projects was her dance debut Hitchcock’s Metamorphoses whilst her solo Caprice was already focused on voice. Over the following years she started to work more intensively on voice - Caprice (re)lapsed, As a Rain Drop into the Mouth of Silence (special mention of the jury for the most promising choreographer at the Gibanica Festival 2009), Out of Discord, The Taste of Silence Always Resonates (jury and audience award for the best performance of the Gibanica Festival 2015). She holds regular voice workshops at home and abroad.

She has released three albums: Crying Game, Taste of Silence, and Lump in the Throat. Her music, more specifically her sound experimentation is an exploration of the landscapes of voice that include words, fragments of texts, (traditional) melodic singing, and other vocal techniques, including humming, clicking, and other sounds made with the mouth that pertain not (only) to the voice but also to the body. Irena performs solo and with a variety of ensembles and musicians such as Tomaž Grom, Lee Patterson, Xavier Charles, Christof Kurzmann, Jonas Kocher, Gaudenz Badrutt, Šalter Ensemble, Tim Blechmann, Michael Zerang, Liz Allbee, Alessandra Eramo, Ilia Belorukov, Okkyung Lee, Maja Osojnik, Christian Kesten, Ina Puntar, Dré Hočevar, Matej Bonin, and others.

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