Maja Osojnik

Maja Osojnik by Ramón Follente

Maja Osojnik

*1976 born in Slovenia, lives and works in Vienna, Austria, as a singer, composer, improvising electroacoustic musician, sound artist, producer, mostly using voice, paetzold bass recorders, own field recordings, DJ-CD, tapes and other lo-fi electronic devices, toys, trash and found objects. Maja made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free  improvisation, sound art and heavier music. Moving in limbo between analogue and digital art, virtual and real spaces, she tries to expand, deconstruct and reinterpret the tonal spectra of mentioned instruments and to assign them new roles – a process reminiscent of building anagrams. In her Compositions she combines love for simple songs, experimental electro-acoustic, abstract music, early and contemporary classical music as well as elements and forms of noise and rock. The real, the surreal, the fragility, in which both the destructive, abysmal, dark phantasm, but also the beauty, the elegance, the strength are depicting certainty, manifest another engine that defines Maja's musical creation.
She composes music for dance, theater, film, radio plays, sound instalations and various ensembles and orchestras and writes lyrics, that she performs with her bands. For her live performances and sampling she uses her own built sound libraries like for example, the socalled "Rejects" - a library of unwillingly destroyed sounds, glitches, soundwaste that happened in her own recordings or "broken pianos" – a collection of the sounds of detuned pianos. She gave Workshops in improvised Music in Austria, Slovenia and Korea, founded Maja’s Musik Markt, Listening Sessions and co-organised the 7th Viennese Soulfood Festival in 2013 and has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, ao. SKE Publicity Prize 2007 with L.F.O., in 2009 the Austrian State Composition Scholarship and the Passticio Prize (Ö1 / ORF), as well as a MIA Award 2010. 2014 followed the City of Vienna's Prize for Composition and the SKE One-Year Grant, also for Composition. The Composition of Rdeča Raketa (Maja Osojnik and Matija Schellander) for the film "One of Us - One of us" (Director: Stephan Richter), was honored at the 27th Kinofest Lünen 2016 with the prize for the best movie music. 2018, she received together with Matija Schellander (Rdeča Raketa) and Natascha Gangl 1. Prize for their new Radio Piece „Wendy Pferd Tod Mexico“ at 9. Berliner Hörspielfestival. Her last solo debut album LET THEM GROW was released 2016 on Rock is Hell & Unrecords Labels. Her solo performances, works and formations, ao. ZSAMM, Rdeča Raketa, Broken.Heart.Collector, All.The.Terms.We.Are, Maja Osojnik Band, Subshrubs, Low Frequency Orchestra etc. were presented at various international festivals. Artist in Residency: DAR Lithuania, Hotel Pupik Austria, Radio Cona Slovenia Records after 2010:

- DBL LP & CD „LET THEM GROW“ maja osojnik solo, Labels Rock is Hell & Unrecords 2016
- LP “Wir Werden” rdeča raketa, Label God Records, 2013
- LP & CD broken.heart.collector, Labels Rock is Hell & Interstellar Records & Discorporate
Records, 2011
- CD & Book “Črne Vode/Schwarze Wasser/Black Waters”, Maja Osojnik Band, Label
Viennese Soulfood Records, 2010
- Cassette “Old girl, old boy”, Rdeča Raketa, Label Mosz, 2010
- CD “Mole”, Low Frequency Orchestra & Wolfgang Mitterer, Label Chmafu Nocords, 2010
- DVD “Das Spiel von Kommen und Gehen”, Low Frequency Orchestra

Maja Osojnik / Shasta Ellenbogen

17 Nov 2018 - 20:30
Maja Osojnik by Heinz Bayer, Shasta Ellenbogen

Shasta Ellenbogen – viola, violin: solo recital

Maja Osojnik vocals, electronics: Let Them Grow