Duo project by Andrea Manzoni & Marcel Zaes
Andrea Manzoni - composition, piano, fender rhodes, moog
Marcel Zaes - composition, electronics, programming
Anna Schölß - artwork
Debut album released by Tonus Music Records, Oct 2014
For the second album, see sjö : två
Video by Lia Sáile: official album release concert, 2014
What happens when a contemporary sound artist and a jazz pianist remain shut indoors in a baroque castle in the Piemontese mountains for two weeks? The result is Sjö - a collaborative project between the Budapest-based electronic composer Marcel Zaes (CH) and the Paris-based jazz pianist Andrea Manzoni (ITA). From the sheltered rooms of their baroque retreat, Zaes and Manzoni present a sonic research project which is as contemporary as it is versatile. Sjö explores questions such as what it means for a piano to make a sound in the 21st century - in a century over-determined by an electronic environment. Starting from Manzoni’s jazz-based technical expertise, the duo experiments with electronic transformations and the impact of their environment - whether low-key piano bar or deep techno club, their sound seeks to adapt the piano to different 21st century musical settings. The visuals accompanying Sjö’s sonic investigations are provided by the artwork of the artist Anna Schölß (GER).
Sjö has been supported by the SUISA Foundation, the Ernst-Göhner-Stiftung, Tonus Music Records and the Stalker Theater in Biella (ITA).