Picture by Frederik Valentin
Picture by Frederik Valentin

Soho Rezanejad

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Soho Rezanejad (b. 1989, New York City) is an artist and composer. Since 2015, she has recorded over ten albums reaching wide acclaim for her versatile vocal performance and prolific practices in electronic music. Her work encompasses performative alter-egos and cross-disciplinary collaborations that are released through her record label Silicone Records.

She holds a BA in composition at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory of Denmark and is a former member of the Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance program in Europe.

Soho Rezanejad is March resident at the artistic development program Amplify Berlin at Acud Macht Neu.

FACTS:

1: “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anais Nin

2: “When action grows unprofitable, gather information. When information grows unprofitable, sleep.” – Ursula Le Guin

3: “The meaning of life is that it stops.” – Franz Kafka

QUESTIONS:

1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
There is a reason why it’s hard for some people to express themselves in words. For me, the reason for that is to have another way of being. Today’s reality often overlooks this way, and I feel that it makes sense to support it. Not verbally, but actively and intuitively without explaining what it is.

2. How and when did you get into making music?
Music happened at a very early age. It’s always been the core of how I prefer to see the world.

3. What are 5 of your favourite works of all time?
“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, Novel by Milan Kundera, 1984.

“On Behalf of Nature”, Album by Meredith Monk, 2016.

“Trilogie De La Mort”, Album by Eliane Radigue, 1988 – 1993.

“La Belle Noiseuse”, French drama film directed by Jacques Rivette, 1991: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Ff4Bdz9B0FU

“Tampopo Ramen”, Japanese comedy film written and directed by Juzo Itami, 1985: https://youtube.com/watch?v=6WrkdTrrwew

4. What do you associate with Berlin?
A place I used to come to, every August.

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
It’s not my town but a place I like to imagine: A bistro on the corner of a busy street. The large windows are insulated, and there is no music in the background. Just natural sounds and lots of wooden chairs and tables. There are books, and there are people. It smells of coffee, and from every corner, you have the sound of a secret but familiar conversation.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would probably become a chef.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?
This one: https://purpletapepedigree.bandcamp.com/album/rems

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
A great dancer, someone sensitive and expressive, observant and true to her power, like Pina Bausch.

9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
A performance by Corpus and Bobbi Jene performed in Copenhagen.
‘Caldera’. https://youtube.com/watch?v=qXnlEqPmoPE

10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s unavoidable, so quite important.

11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have an older sister. I think she likes what I do.


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