Gilda Razani I Theremin & Saxophone Gilda Razani I Theremin & Saxophone Gilda Razani I Theremin & Saxophone Gilda Razani I Theremin & Saxophone Gilda Razani I Theremin & Saxophone

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Gilda Razani   Theremin / Saxophone/ Voice/ Live Electronic/ Contemporary Composer/ Producer/ Classical/ Jazz

Musical background
The iranian musician studied saxophone at the german university  of 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).

Due to their preference to play the theremin developed Gilda Razani with Hans Wanning her new formation About Aphrodite in which they integrated electronic music.

About Aphrodite
Gilda Razani theremin / saxophone/ voice/  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).

AboutAphrodite//Membran Music
Concert
About Aphrodite//Membran Music is an exciting combination of classical, film and electronic music, jazz improvisation, and atmospheric soundscapes.They create atmospheric works that are simultaneously nostalgic and of-the-moment, evincing the melancholy of faded glory. Razani theremin sing and soars, the instrument’s tones mimicking the human voice – and at times, a string instrument. Wanning’s bright yet minimalistic piano serves as the perfect counterweight, as he balances his partner’s keening melisma with the earthbound sound of an acoustic percussive instrument.The finest elegiac melodies,  featuring Theremin, are etched with saxophone underlayed by rhythmic hypnotic pulsing electronic passages .Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning present their new album ‚Polaris‘, released by Floating World Records/ London.

Reviews:
‚Music itself.de‘
… 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)
‚Music reviews.de‘
… 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)
’nrwjazznet.de‘
… What Hans and Gilda achieve in this album can only be called an immersive audio experience. Out of melancholy undertones springs music full of tonal fantasy and lyrical depth, and behind the duo’s conscious and animated musical freedom lies a wealth of in-depth knowledge and experience”

About Aphrodite//Treibjagd
Techno Live Set
Made in the Moment
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!

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.

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).

Recordings
2014  Ocean Lily , 2015  Faktor X released at  Aztek Electronic Music  Melbourne/Australia, 2018 Polaris released at Floating World Records/ London.

My ThereminOrchestra
My Theremin Orchestra is Gilda’s solo project.
She perform with her Theremin and her Electronics.

Classical music
2018   she plays the virtuous theremin part in the opera Mozart ‚La finta giardiniera‘, theatre Baden- Baden  under the conductor Marc Johnson.

She is performing with Hans Wanning her classical program with compositions for theremin and piano.

The Dorf
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 many more.

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 Classical works with their instruments Theremin, Saxophone and Piano.

Filmmusic
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  , 2015
2.#jesuischarlie:Ein Hashtag und die Folgen , 2015
3.#fluechtlinge- was sind wir für ein Land , 2016
4.#germanwings- die Katastrophe. Rückblick und Gedenken , 2016
5.#land_unter-Der Unwetter-Sommer 2016
6.#monsterstau – Stillstand ist unser Leben! 2016
7.#koelnhbf , 2016
8.schrecklichschön: weihnachten, 2016
9.schrecklichschön: geschenke, geschenke ,2016
10. Die schönsten Mausmomente , 2017
11. Die Wunde meiner Stadt – Asli, Duisburg und die Loveparade, 2018
12. #jahrhundertsommer – Sonne satt und Schattenseiten, 2018

Radioplay
Das Geheimnis der Bagdadbahn – Mit Volldampf durch die Wüste, WDR Kiraka, 2018

Awards

2019 First tour winner of the Theremin Star Contest dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the theremin from Theremin Today.
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.

Collaboration

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‘.

Lectureship
Since 2013 she has been lecturer for saxophone and theremin at the University of Dortmund.