Gilda Razani Theremin / Saxophone/ Live Electronic/ Contemporary Composer/ Producer
Gilda Razani is one of the few professional Theremin players. Aside from her classical playing style, she goes in her compositions and improvisations to the contemporary boarders of her instrument. With electronic effects, she generates contemporary E-Guitar-like sounds in brute hard-rock aesthetics next to ecstatic Sinus sound creations, spherical choirs and tenderest noise minimalisms.
The Iranian musician studied Saxophone at German university for music in Detmold where she passed her artistic maturity degree as orchestra musician. During her studies she performed together with Karl Heinz Stockhausen his work ‚Sternenklang‘. She participated in national youth jazz orchestra NRW and a master class of saxophone player Sigurd Raschèr. Furthermore she worked together with painters Helga Weihs and Andrea Behn and developed performances with free improvisation, playing piano and saxophone. This was the time when Gilda Razani gave her first classical saxophone concerts. Besides her studies she took lessons with Jazz saxophone player Matthias Nadolny and played in several Jazzbands, Ensembles with free improvisation and classical Formations.. Theremin lessons with Lydia Karina and Carolina Eyck were following.
Gilda developed her own musical approaches. Thus arose her duo with pianist Hans Wanning and her album Duo live (Munichrecords 2002), and Gilda Razani Group which turned later into Gilda Razani & Sub.vision. They released recordings Bazaar (Traumtonrecords 2005), Remembrance (Timelinerecords 2009) and Nashira (ESC Records 2012). With band Sub.vision she toured through Italia, Poland, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Estonia and played at many festivals, e.g.
Leverkusener Jazztage , Traumzeitfestival , Juicy beats (Germany) and Jazzkaarfestival (Estonia).
Gilda Razani theremin / saxophone/ live electronic Hans Wanning piano / synthesizer/ live electronic
The works of the german based duo range from concerts (Membran Music), film music scores and audio visual installations (The Projection) to techno live sets ( Treibjagd).
About Aphrodite//Membran Music is an exciting combination of classical, film and electronic music, jazz improvisation, and atmospheric soundscapes. The focal point of the sound moves between different instruments – very often the soprano saxophone, and of course Theremin and piano – and the atmosphere the music creates is indefinable. Imagine a quiet, almost melancholy mood, broken by the thunderous arrival of the soprano saxophone, then dissipating slowly like a vaporising star.
The finest elegiac melodies, sometimes featuring Theremin, are etched with saxophone underlayed by rhythmic pulsing electronic passages and great piano sounds. In the style of Keith Jarrett, Hans Wanning sets up quasi-hypnotic rhythm structures demanding Gilda Razani’s Theremin to respond.
Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning present their new album ‚Polaris‘, released by Floating World Records/ London.
… convinces with great composition and sound, one of the most fascinating duos of recent years. It is hard to escape the hypnotic charm of the music, which is both structured and complex. Highly recommended! (18/20)
… an album as brilliant as the stars in the sky, Membran Music takes ‘Polaris‘ as its theme. The instrumental cosmos, with Theremin, piano, soprano saxophone and live electronics moves from classical music to progressive jazz, but at the same time always retaining its dark colouring. It is unique in the same way as ABOUT APHRODITE! (13/15)
Handmade Dance and Groove Liveset
About Aphrodite//Treibjagd offer as a highlight on stage their intense handmade dance and groove liveset.
Analog sounds and hypnotic drones and melodies are driven through the great symphony of the world by thrilling deep technoid rhythms. The artists Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning take you on euphoric and energetic sound journey and the sky is deep, dark, heavy and sweet!
Festivals: Fusionfestival (DE) , Les Digitales (CH), Spirit of the Woodstockfestival (IT), Jazz Province ( RU), Skandaloes Festival ( DE), Klangtherapie Festival (DE), Tropen Tango Festival (DE), Afterhills Festival(ROU),Zurück zu den Wurzeln Festival (DE).
About Aphrodite//The Projection
This audiovisual act is the extended version of About Aphrodite. Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning perform together with Mario Simon and Jan Voges, both media artists in residence at the theatre Dortmund.
My Theremin Orchestra is Gilda’s solo project.
She perform with her Theremin, her Looper and her Effects.
With The Dorf , the band conducted by Jan Klare, Gilda Razani played at Jazzfestival Moers, Germany (in 2011, 2012 and 2013) Jazzfestival Groningen, Netherlands and at Klarafestival in Bruxelles. The Dorf is winner of Jazz Award Ruhr 2013. The Dorf had guest musicians like FM Einheit ( Einstürzende Neubauten), Caspar Brötzmann and Shahzad Estefany.
Radikal Audio Lab.
Radikal Audio Lab is the electro-acoustical duo formation of Frank Niehusmann (electronics) and Gilda Razani (theremin).
Duo Hans Wanning/ Gilda Razani
The duo plays Jazz standards and Classic works with their instruments Theremin, Saxophone and Piano.
Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning are working for German television.
Since 2015 they have composed and produced numerous film scores for the WDR (West German Broadcasting, Cologne)
1. #weltuntergang: Der Sommer, der ins Wasser fiel
2.#jesuischarlie:Ein Hashtag und die Folgen
3.#fluechtlinge- was sind wir für ein Land
4.#germanwings- die Katastrophe. Rückblick und Gedenken
5.#land_unter-Der Unwetter-Sommer 2016
6.#monsterstau – Stillstand ist unser Leben!
9.schrecklichschön: geschenke, geschenke
10. Die schönsten Mausmomente
11. Die Wunde meiner Stadt – Asli, Duisburg und die Loveparade
2013 Jazzprice Ruhr with The Dorf
2016 DFJP Award (German French Journalism Prize) for the Film #jesuischarlie: ein Hashtag und seine Folgen, directed by Christian Dassel and Clemens Gersch.
2018 Theremin part in the opera Mozart ‚La finta giardiniera‘, theatre Baden- Baden.
Gilda Razani gave concerts with Trilok Gurtu, John Lee and Roy Assaf at Peace Festival in German city of Augsburg, with Sicilian Jazz Orchestra in Palermo, Italy. With Hikary she performed in Modena at the first European Women’s Jazz Festival and in Frascati at ‚Donne in Musica‘, both Italy. She was part of the formations Django’s Orientolgy Orchestra, Bescay, Monday Night Orchestra and Transorient Orchestra. Furthermore she had a performance with the Helmut Zerlett Band in the Harald Schmidt Show and provided musical accompaniment for German singer Max Raabe.
Gilda Razani performed ‚The Threepenny Opera‘ in Dortmund, Germany, conducted by Paul Wallfisch and collaborated with German cabaret artists and actors Martin Risse, Lioba Albus and Ulrich Gebauer and is part of the cabaret ensemble ‚Geierabend‘.
Since 2013 she has been lecturer for saxophone and theremin at Dortmund University.
Gilda is Theo Wanne Endorser