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Theremin – Saxophone – Soma Pipe Electronic Wind Instrument – Composer – Producer – Electronics

BIOGRAPHY

News
Gilda is a part of the new recordings from ten-time Grammy-winning vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. She was invited by the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln to play the theremin part in the song Twighlight zone/ Twighlight tone, arranged by Vince Mendoza . Grammys 2023 : Fifty is nominated for  ‚best jazz vocal album‘.

Collaboration
Iranian born Gilda Razani has worked with many musicians , bands, ensembles, conductors and orchestras among others with Hans Wanning, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Marc Johnson, Trilok Gurtu, John Lee, Sub.vison,Manhattan Transfer, WDR Funkhausorchestra, Duisburger Symphony Orchestra, Reinhold Seehafer, Staatskapelle Weimar,Jaime Moraga Vasquez, Hikary, Helmut Zerlett Band, Paul Wallfisch, The Dorf, Bescay, Max Raabe, Opera Baden- Baden, Theatre Dortmund, Transorient Orchestra, Helmut Schmidt Show, Djangos Orientologie Orchestra, Geierabend, Sicilian Jazz Orchestra,

Classical
2021 Gilda made theremin recordings with Manhattan Transfer and the WDR Funkhausorchestra, arranged by Vince Mendoza. 2020 she played the theremin part of the world premiere ‚Selma‘ with the Staatskapelle Weimar at the Altmark Festspiele, composed and directed by Reinhard Seehafer. 2019 with conductor Marc Johnson, Gilda played the virtous theremin part in the opera Mozart  „La finta giardiniera“, at the Baden- Baden Theatre. She had the honor to be part of the work „Sternenklang“, composed and directed by Karl – Heinz Stockhausen.
Gilda played with saxophone and flute  the Threepenny Opera at the Dortmund Theatre with Paul Wallfisch.

Festivals and Tours
Gilda has performed at many festivals arround the world among other things at the Leverkusener Jazzdays Germany, Jazzkaarfestival Estonia, Juicy beats Germany, Jazz Province Festival Russia, Afterhills Festival Romania, Spirit of the Woodstockfestival Italia, Donne in Musica Italia, Fusionfestival Germany, Les Digitales Suisse, Skandaloes Festival Germany, Klangtherapie Festival Germany, Tropen Tango Festival Germany. Zurück zu den Wurzeln Festival Germany, Moers Festival Germany, European Women’ s Jazz Festival Italy, Jazzfestival Groningen Netherlands, Klarafestival Bruxelles Belgium, Altmark Festspiele. Also she toured with her bands through many countries.

Compositions and Productions
Gilda is a composer and producer.
All recordings with her bands Sub,vison and About Aphrodite are their own compositions and productions in collaboration with her long standing companion Hans Wanning including

* Duo live, Munichrecords 2002
* Bazaar, Traumtonrecords 2005
* Remembrance, Timelinerecords 2009
* Nashira, ESC Records 2012
* Ocean Lily, Aztek Electronic Music 2014
* Factor X, Aztek Electronic Music 2015
* Polaris, Floating World Records 2018
* Future Memories, Floating World Records 2020

Filmmusic
Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning are working for German television.
Since 2015 they have composed and produced numerous film scores and radioplays for the WDR (West German Broadcasting, Cologne)
* #weltuntergang: Der Sommer, der ins Wasser fiel , 2015
* #jesuischarlie: Ein Hashtag und die Folgen , 2015
* #fluechtlinge – was sind wir für ein Land , 2016
* #germanwings – die Katastrophe. Rückblick und Gedenken , 2016
* #land_unter-Der Unwetter-Sommer 2016
* #monsterstau – Stillstand ist unser Leben! 2016
* #koelnhbf , 2016
* schrecklichschön: weihnachten, 2016
* schrecklichschön: geschenke, geschenke ,2016
* Die schönsten Mausmomente , 2017
* Die Wunde meiner Stadt – Asli, Duisburg und die Loveparade, 2018
* #jahrhundertsommer – Sonne satt und Schattenseiten, 2018
* #KlimaAlarm: Sind wir noch zu retten?, 2021

Radioplay
*  Mit Volldampf durch die Wüste, WDR Kiraka, 2018, nominated for the german radioplayprice 2018
* Anne und die Bankräuber, WDR Kiraka 2019
* Der Weihnachtsmann – Auflauf, WDR Kiraka 2020
* Marie Ka Ih Schluß mit Gurkensalat, WDR Kiraka 2021

Arrangements
* About Aphrodite’s recording Polaris arranged for String Quartett and their band, 2019
* Gilda has composed and arranged many songs for the music and comedy show Geierabend.

Awards
*2020 WDR Jazzpreis The Dorf und Umland
* 2019  tour winner of the „Theremin Star Contest“, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the theremin from Theremin Today, Russia.
* 2016  DFJP Award (German French Journalism Prize) for the Film #jesuischarlie: ein Hashtag und seine Folgen, directed by Christian Dassel andClemens Gersch.
*2013 Jazzprice Ruhr with The Dorf

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

PROGRAMS

Matab
Gilda Razani and Hans Wanning play their own compositions for theremin, saxophone, piano and synthesizer

My ThereminOrchestra
https://soundcloud.com/user-337990693/farben
My Theremin Orchestra is Gilda’s solo project. She perform with her Theremin, Somasynthpipe and her Electronics.

About Aphrodite
www.aboutaphrodite.de  

Gilda Razani      theremin /  soma pipe electronic wind instrument/ soprano saxophone   Hans Wanning  piano  / synthesizer/ electronics   Jaime Moraga Vasquez   drums/ percussion/ voice

The musicians with Gilda on her theremin, her effects and the electronic wind instrument Soma Pipe play the terrific combination of jazz/rock, dance and electronica with devotion.

With cineastic soundscapes, hypnotic drones, gentle athmospheres and thrilling beats , About Aphrodite go on a euphoric and energetic sound journey, inspired by the great symphony of the world and the sky is deep, dark, heavy and sweet! 

Over four studio albums , the album Ocean Lily 2014 and Factor X 2015 coming out by Atzek Electronic Music Melbourne Australia and Polaris and Future Memories released 2018  and 2020 by Floating World Records London/UK , each album has seen the band expand or explore new expressive ways.

Reviews

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”

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)

LIVE

Gilda Razani  

Datum Stadt Location Land
14/04/23 Nordsternturm About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 19:30 . Adresse: Gelsenkirchen. Buy Tickets
04/03/23 Amtshaus Mengede About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund.
15/12/22 Domicil The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund.
17/11/22 Domicil The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund.
05/11/22 Künstlerhaus The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund.
22/10/22 Steinbruch The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Duisburg. Umlandfestival More information
21/10/22 Hasper Hammer The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Hagen. Umlandfestival More information
20/10/22 Domicil The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. Umlandfestival More information
15/10/22 Kulturrat About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Bochum. More information
01/10/22 Türks The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Kempen.
21/09/22 - 24/09/22 Universität Workshop Theremin Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. Europa in Takt More information
09/09/22 Galerie Werkstatt About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Gelsenkirchen. special guest Christian Hammer More information
03/09/22 Die Pulsive My Theremin Orchestra Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Mönchengladbach. More information
02/09/22 Süd Rock Nachtkneipe About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Essen. special guest Christian Hammer More information
28/08/22 Platzhirsch The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Duisburg.
02/07/22 Kreativküche About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Duisburg. More information
24/06/22 Bochumer Kulturrat About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Bochum. More information
16/06/22 Domicil The Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. More information
19/05/22 Domicil the Dorf Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. More information
29/04/22 Domicil About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. More information
02/04/22 Galerie Werkstatt Christian Hammer/ Gilda Razani Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Gelsenkirchen. More information
26/03/22 Zeche Zollern About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Dortmund. More information
17/03/22 Gdanska About Aphrodite Germany
Zeit: 20:00 . Adresse: Oberhausen. More information

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