Cover art by Zicla, pic from Manuel Morre
OUC009 : Zicla / So
New music for prepared marxophone/zither, clarinet and electronics
Cao Thanh Lan (VN) – marxophone/zither, electronics
Gregor Siedl (AT) – clarinet, electronics
Zicla is a project by duo Siedl-Cao focusing on electro-acoustic compositions and composed improvisations for prepared marxophone, clarinet and electronics.
Clarinet and zither are commonly known for folk music across the globe. Using these two instruments in a new syntax evokes a familiar and at the same time foreign environment that draws the listener into a world of sonic exploration.
The clarinet´s microtonal soundscapes and noise structures interweave with particular sounds from the extended zither creating an unusual imaginary space, introspective moods, abstract microtonal dialogues and intriguing sound textures.
For more info, news, live, videos about Zicla and DUO Siedl-Cao, go HERE.
Lan Cao – piano, prepared zither, analogue synthesizer, electronics, composition - is a versatile musician encompassing a wide range of stylistic influences, with repertoire from classical to contemporary music and interdisciplinary works. She is an advocate of contemporary music and has earned a wide range of ensemble experience in numerous festivals. She is also active in the experimental improvised music scene with various projects and has been touring the world. Complete bio here.
Gregor Siedl – clarinet, saxophone, electronics, composition – was born in Vienna, Austria. He is deeply engaged in the field of experimental and improvised music. Through his explorations of extended techniques, preparations on the saxophone and the use of extra-musical instruments such as game-calls and water, he has developed a unique voice in music. Gregor won first prizes as best improviser at international music competitions XL-Jazz and Gent Jazz festival competition. He has been involved in experimental music, jazz, multi-disciplinary projects with performers, visual artists and artificial intelligence. He is a band-member of Junk Orbit, ZICLA, Parallel Asteroid, DOKO, Auralisation Ensemble, Osmosis Project and critically acclaimed European-Saxophone-Ensemble. He has performed all over Europe, Asia and South-America at international music festivals and concert venues. Complete bio here.
Cao Thanh Lan and Gregor Siedl have been featured at international festivals and concert venues around the world with their duo projects ZICLA and Parallel Asteroid.
With their two educational projects and workshops in collaboration with Domdom Center for Experimental Music and Art in Hanoi, Parallel Asteroid has helped developing the music scene, educating and inspiring young musicians in Vietnam.
Zicla live in Montevideo:
Digital release on the 1st of December 2017.
And in Bandcamp: