Maike Zazie Matern is a pianist and a composer. Holder of a Magistra artium degree in literature with highest honors from both Humboldt Universität and Freie Universität of Berlin, she has also studied in Tübingen and Uppsala, Sweden. Influenced by her passion for both music and literature she operates in the crossroads of the two arts, her medium being a type of sonic literature in both form and content: She composes pieces of music as she puts stories down on paper; she chooses notes as carefully as she chooses words. For her, writing music is storytelling and creating poetic sound essays. Her music moves in the border area between music and experimental radio play.
The newest studio album Seismopsychollage is as a whole not a collection of single independent songs and melodies, not just music. The album is even more intended to be received as an emotional journey, an experimental self-psychoanalysis in the field of art.
Maike Zazie's former academic focus - relations between psychoanalysis and literature - constitutes her new artistic work: The poetic sound essay Seismopsychollage is about inner 'earthquakes' triggered by personal and interpersonal conflicts and about searching for their 'hypocenters'. It's about an inner child, about fear and hope, melancholy and about longing that makes people strive forward, but whose utopian goal always remains unattainable.
The emotional analysis is based on fragments of Maike Zazie's own texts and those of others: A collage of diary notes, letters, her own poems and prose fragments as well as passages from literature and science presented by different voices creates a dialogue between the self and the outside world.
And likewise for the listener, these text fragments create an open and free universe of thoughts and ideas in which the listener can find himself again and create his own world.
Voices by: Vincent Baars, Pierre Martinerie, Luca Elder, Yasmene Elsner, Ivana Folkenfolk, Carlo Garré, Simon Ralph Goff, Mitchell Hawke, Janna Horstmann, Torben Kjærgaard, Marcus Köhler, Andrea Lacroix, Daniel Meyer, Robert Oeser, Lisa Rilka, Reza Saleh, Daniel Sus, Stas Werno.
Texts among others by: Paul Auster, Paolo Cognetti, Philippe Djian, Michael Ende, Per Olov Enquist, Erich Fromm, Marlen Haushofer, Siri Hustvedt, Peter Høeg, Nicole Krauss, Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Edith Södergran.
palimpsest of a living space: An acoustic radioscopy.
Voices by: Irmgard Adam, Jörg Albrecht, Katharina Bohnert, Anvar Cukoski, Nina Alice Dannenhauer, Jutta und Ria Frischknecht, Herbert Gustavus, Leo und Sabine Hanstein, Leonie Hubal, Marco Huwe, Christoph Glaubacker, Matthias Grübel, Monika Kijas, Maike Zazie Matern, Wilma Renfordt, Jule Rothe, Wiebke Schuirman, Thomas Speth
An open field is a short piece of sound for one person, sex instruments and a bird.
Inspired by Peter Broderick's project Numbers Maike Zazie's sound poem and sonic collage An open field is an experiment about possibilities and freedom in re-reading and new-understanding of text, picture and sound following the idea of deconstruction.
A play with meaning.
An open field.
Von drei Katzen und der Eule was released on the second album Fragmente.
Not an experimental piece of voice theatre though Von drei Katzen und der Eule is not a 'song'. Its aim is storytelling. The love story that the whole album Fragmente is about is told here as a fable.
Stamps made by Maike Zazie