Duo ZIA - Saranam
ZIA feat. Mohamad Fityan (arabic bamboo flute)
St. Marienkirche • concert on eternity sunday
ZIA strives to constantly experiment with new texture to create a contemporary interpretation of spiritual music. they take their audiences through classical Indian melodies, African rhythms, european folk songs and Jazz. traditions play an important role and often serve as a starting point for their musical expeditions. the two musicians work to combine their different musical backgrounds, without sacrificing their individual roots, aiming to unite them to a completely unique and new sound.
grew up in a family of classical musicians in Schwerin. During his civil service in Bangalore (India) he discovered his love for ancient cultures. Since that time he strives to combine musical traditions from around the world with modern forms and improvisation.
From 2005 – 2011 he studied trumpet and flugelhorn with Till Bönner and Malte Burba, as well as piano with Jochen Aldinger at the Musikhochschule in Dresden. But he received his most important influences by studying with the german trumpeter Markus Stockhausen.
For the creative and unorthodox fusion of arabic singing and modern jazz-, and world music elements he was awarded the “Jazz prize of Bremen” in 2012, in 2015 the “Ruth Prize” at the world music festival TFF and 2017 the "German Record Critics' Award" with his band MASAA.
studied church music (A) from 2000-06 in Halle and gothenburg With matthias Jacob, Karin nelson and others. since 2007 he studies jazz piano with matthias Bätzel and michael fuchs and composition with thomas Zoller at the university of music "carl maria von Weber" in Dresden. During his time in Dresden he performed with musicians such as Céline rudolph and the Indian singer Sangeeta.
Thanks to a broad spectrum of training he feels at ease with many styles of music. He performs as pianist, organist, composer and singer (baritone). Besides the duo Zia he is currently involved in the trio "matar" and his own jazz piano trio "Bending times".He also composed regularly children musicals and pieces, such as HIOB.
Psalms in Jazz
The duo ZIA takes the audience on a spiritual musical journey through different continents and centuries. marcus rust (trumpet, flugelhorn) and christian Grosch (organ) reinterpret songs and hymns, which are based on the Psalms of David.
This journey reveals a lot of surprises to the listeners, because these psalms have been spread far around the world, through different, eras, cultures and musical interpretations.
ZIA manages to use their improvisational skills and their background in modern Jazz to create an ever-evolving sound. Without sacrificing the roots of the different musical traditions from around the world, they create new connections between Jewish folklore, Indian
Bhajans, African rhythms, medieval Gregorian chants and a modern aesthetic.
Christmas around the world
Since 2000 years christmas is celebrated every year again. In countless cultures rich and diverse traditions arose, that express the christmas story in art, habits and music.
We are especially connected to the advent- and christmas carols, that we learn as children - they are a part of us. The same depth people of all cultures feel, when tehy sing, listen to or play their own christmas songs.
In this concert production Duo ZIA combine these songs of different continents and cultures and shows the beauty of the musical christmas tradition around the world. In fresh arrangements and in combination with improvisation this musical journey becomes an encounter of tradtion and the present-day.
The passion of christ
In this concert production the duo ZIA strives to find their own musical interpretation of ‘the passion of the christ’.
Their journey leads them through many unique musical interpretation of the passion story - from Indian Bhajans and Afro-American spirituals to christian songs from the different cherishes in the middle east to the traditions of their own middle european culture.
ZIA manages to use their improvisational skills to surprise their listeners with an ever-evolving sound. Without sacrificing the roots of the different musical interpretations from around the world, they create new connections between tradition and modern times.
Duo ZIA & Mohamad Fityan (arabische Bambusflöte)
Schon lange ist klar, dass sich Orient und Okzident musikalisch verstehen, wenn Freigeister aus beiden Richtungen aufeinander zu gehen und gemeinsam etwas neues schaffen. Im Jazz wie in arabischer Kunstmusik spielen Improvisationen eine große Rolle - so natürlich auch bei diesen drei Musikern.
In ihrer Musik verweben sie arabische Melodik, den warmen Klang der Nay, eine zwischen traditionellem Klang und modernem Jazz changierenden Orgel und vielfarbige Trompetenmodulationen. Der in Syrien aufgewachsene Nay-Spieler Mohamad Fityan integriert mit seinem emotionalem Spiel die Vierteltöne der arabischen Musik wie selbstverständlich in die gemeinsame Klangsprache. Die Melodien der drei umtanzen einander, antworten, fragen und führen in einen gemeinsamen Dialog. Ihre Musik gibt einen Anstoß sich auf ungewohntes einzulassen. es geht ihnen darum, der Grenzenlosigkeit und Schönheit von Musik Ausdruck zu verleihen. Sie führt in eine Welt zwischen tiefempfundenen arabische Melodiebögen und zeitgenössischem Jazz und verzahnt sie zu einem untrennbaren Ganzen – verwegen und kraftvoll, sehnsüchtig und verträumt.