Zavoloka and Laetitia Morais have been collaborating since 2007, when they first met during the participation on an event in Portugal. Zavoloka’s music is deep and intrinsic, filled by several layers of pure sounds and despite its force, always keeps organicity combining with Laetitia’s visuals, who constantly search for the affinity between physical and digital elements.
They both improvise on stage, so the setup is open to unknown variations. It happens that the only premise for their show is the concept, which occurred during the Zavoloka’s album release VITER for wind, VEDANA for water and the recent VOLYA for fire which will be revealed together for the first time in Ljubljana.
Together they had shows in Audiovisiva (Milan), Avalanche (Porto), Madeira Dig (Madeira), Rewire (The Hague), Cynetart (Dresden), Kvitvechir (Kiev), Europejski Stadion Kultury (Rzeszów), Mózg – Bydgoszcz and Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg).
Zavoloka is a stage name of Kateryna Zavoloka – sound artist, experimental electronic music composer, performer and graphic designer from Kyiv city, Ukraine. Zavoloka mainly explores digital and analogue synthesis and combines them with recorded herself Ukrainian ancient folk songs and different instruments. Her music consists of intensive varied sound motions and unexpected combinations piped into carefully controlled electronic flows.
Zavoloka collaborated with: Kotra (UA), Mark Clifford of Seefeel (UK), Feldermelder (CH), AGF (DE), Anders Dahl (SE), Andrea Pensado (AR/USA), she was invited by Aphex Twin (UK) to support his audiovisual shows, frequently works and playing live with Laetitia Morais (PT) visual artist and has took part in many different international cross-genre art projects, music for sculpture and art pavilion, installations, videos, soundtracks for films and other. In 2005 Zavoloka was awarded as Honorary Mention in Digital Music & Sound Art with Prix Ars Electronica for “Plavyna” album.
Zavoloka performs concerts regularly and her music has been presented in various concert halls, clubs, contemporary museums, theaters and open-air around the world.
Laetitia Morais has shown artistic work in events and galleries such as Spoilt (Peacock Art Centre, Aberdeen), Eme (Igreja de Santiago, Palmela; Convento São Bento da Vitória, Porto), Kvitvechir (Kiev), Madeira Dig (Casa das Mudas, Madeira), Sonic Scope (Bomba Suicida;Maria Matos, Lisbon), Storung (La farinera, Barcelona), Bang! (FBAUL; Galeria Fábrica Features, Lisbon), Audiovisiva (Magazinni Pta. Genova, Milan), Um (Bomba Suicida, Lisbon), Lawine (West Germany, Berlin), Rewire (The Hague), Europejski Stadion Kultury (Market Square, Rzeszów), Bienal de Arte de Cerveira (Cerveira), After Crisis (General Public, Berlin), Mózg (Bydgoszcz), Cynetart (Festspielhaus Hellerau – Dresden), Close (EI, New York), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg). The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and FLAD acknowledged her work with the Ernesto de Sousa 2011 Grant, supporting the development of her project “Missing for ten years”, at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York. Also worked as scenographer for Theatre and Television Productions. Since 2008, she is teaching in the field of Visual Arts, at the College of Education in Coimbra.
Kotra is a moniker and main art project of Ukrainian sound-artist and promoter Dmytro Fedorenko from Kyiv, Ukraine. Many years Kotra explores his own and audiences perception limits, how music can affect body and mind at the most extreme points. Main idea behind all Kotra releases and live concerts is a way of radical transformation through the sound, as one of the most powerful abstract tools of communication. Pushing extremely loud waves to audience Kotra offers another look into irritating and disturbing physical face of music, next to it’s aesthetics side.
Kotra (Dmytro Fedorenko) is one of well known persons of Ukrainian experimental music scene today. Hyperactive musician and producer, experienced promoter and curator of numerous projects, International festivals and record labels. Creator of numerous highly acclaimed art projects and special events. On art scene Dmytro is active since early 90′s with early experiments in live music and miscellaneous collaborations with visual artists. Between 1998 and 1999 made first electronic events in small clubs of Kyiv. Since 2006 Dmytro Fedorenko curated few special International projects in partnership with such International organizations as Polish Institute, Pro Helvetia, Swedish Institute and Goethe Institute. In 2011 Dmytro received award for Label of the Year (Kvitnu) at Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in Paris, France.