Marina Sobyanina

A trained jazz vocalist and classical composer and pianist, Marina Sobyanina has gone on to pursue a wide range of projects across experimental theatre, dance, and film. She is active both in both the Russian and European music scene as a composer and performer with the post-jazz quartet Jazzator; Sboku -a duo with a Cologne-based Ukrainian singer Tamara Lukasheva; and TySeMa – a duo with New York-based live electronics player, Tyler Gilmore. Her recent works include, among others, commissions for a Swiss percussion quartet,Ensemble This / Ensemble That, State Theatre of Nations in Moscow, OneBeat and OMI musical residencies in the USA, and “Henri”, a ballet at Yekaterinburg State Theatre of Musical Comedy. Marina’s composition style morphs between delicate soundscapes, spectral music and solid clastic blocks charged with pulsating rhythms. It is a sort of entangled state between modern jazz and contemporary classical music, without sliding into either of those. An educator and academic with a passion for social justice, her music also explores nuanced conflicts in Russian and world culture.