Thursday, 03.31.2022 by Verena Zeiner
"On Connection" is the title of a composition by Verena Zeiner for piano quintet, that will premiere in April 2022 at Pforte (Feldkirch, Vorarlberg), played by Ensemble Louise Farrenc:
There is a finding that is the result of a search.
The goal is clearly defined. Something very specific has to be sought and ideally found.
But there is also a finding that occurs without a previous search. A finding that seems to be effortless.
It differs in its quality from the experience of finding after a results-oriented search. It is much more like perceiving, discovering or recognizing something that is simply there. Maybe it has been there all the time, waiting to be found.
Often finding happens in moments when the attention of one or more people is fully connected to the here and now: unanticipated, observing, perceiving, receiving, accepting. It's a connection that goes in all directions. Inwards, to oneself on all levels - physical, emotional, mental - and outwards, to the world and to the people around us.
Connection becomes connectedness.
Connectedness creates presence.
Presence allows: finding and being found.
Details and Dates: here
Friday, 02.11.2022 by Verena Zeiner
First things first: Fraufeld will go on! But I will leave.
I’m writing today’s announcement with one laughing and one crying eye, but also assuring that it is a well considered and well prepared step, that I take with a light heart, knowing that everything will be left in good hands.
Five years ago Sara Zlanabitnig and I founded Fraufeld, a platform dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in music. Milly Groz, Anna Anderluh and Joanna Quehenberger joined us a while ago and I am very proud of what we accomplished together. There is still a lot to do but it feels like we really contributed to getting some things moving.
Fraufeld took a lot of time and space in my life, I know it very well in all its details and have a strong emotional bond to it. But as life is evolving, there are new opportunities opening up for me, new creative projects knocking at my door and there are a lot of indications that change is necessary.
Also, Fraufeld brings attention to topics that affect us all. Therefore it’s important to share responsibilities, to keep a wide perspective and stay open for development.
Fraufeld will go on. 2022 is dedicated to restructuring and reorganizing it. Projects will pause for a while, to make space for this process.
Thank you Sara, Milly, Anna and Joanna from the bottom of my heart - for everything! Your time, energy, work, care, trust, persistence - and most of all thank you for your friendship.
Thank you to all the wonderful, openminded, openhearted, creative people that were involved and supported our projects! I don’t have the words to express what it means to me that I have met you all and I’m looking forward to future adventures!
Motion & Emotion
Monday, 01.03.2022 by Verena Zeiner
...is a collaboration with photographer David Almeida-Ribeiro and fine artist Doris Dittrich.
The Wordless | Videorelease
Friday, 12.03.2021 by Verena Zeiner
The Wordless is the first piece of music from the upcoming album The Sweetness of Finitude, a duo album created together with Ziv Ravitz on drums.
The full album will be released on January 14, 2022 (Sessionwork Records).
Christina Jägersberger made a beautiful video for "The Wordless".
Verena Zeiner: piano
Ziv Ravitz: drums
Recorded by David Furrer
Mixed and mastered by Ziv Ravitz
Produced by Verena Zeiner
Artwork by Le Monsieur Flash
Coverphoto by Paul Zeiner
Sessionwork Records 2021
Album release: Verena Zeiner & Ziv Ravitz
Saturday, 11.06.2021 by Verena Zeiner
The Sweetness of Finitude will be released on January 14th 2022 on Sessionwork Records.
Pianist Verena Zeiner and drummer Ziv Ravitz dedicate the music of their first duo album together to the sweet sensation of finitude — the possibilities that arise when presented with boundaries or the enjoyment of encountering a conclusion.
It’s a meeting of two musicians from completely different cultural backgrounds, raised in two completely different environments. On this album they find commonalities, like their musical roots in improvised music or their approach to making music.
They met 2011 in NYC, when they both lived in the city. A regular artistic exchange was followed by a first collaboration for Verena Zeiner’s solo album No Love without Justice (2020), which was mixed and mastered by Ziv Ravitz.
The Sweetness of Finitude is their dialog through music, dealing with questions of finitude in a duo setting: how can two musicians remain themselves while getting in touch with each other? What are their personal boundaries? How can they each hold their own places, positions, origins and background stories in a dialog and create something new together while being aware of their own personal finitude?
Tuesday, 08.31.2021 by Verena Zeiner
Vinicius Cajado and I recently recorded an Ö1 Radiosession. You can listen to it for a few more days, here: https://oe1.orf.at/player/20210829/649129
We played composed as well as improvised pieces:
1. Immersion (comp.: Verena Zeiner)
2. Encounter of a day I (comp.: Vinicius Cajado, Verena Zeiner)
3. About sovereignty (comp.: Verena Zeiner)
4. Purpur (comp.: Vinicius Cajado, Verena Zeiner)
5. The wordless (comp.: Verena Zeiner)
6. Introducing people (comp.: Vinicius Cajado, Verena Zeiner)
7. Other people’s stories (comp.: Verena Zeiner)