Mia Zabelka + Samuel Beckett’s “FILM” + Lows Way Trio at RHIZOME DC, April 19

Facebook event: Zebelka/Diamond/Fekete, Samual Beckett’s “Film,” Low Ways Trio

THU 4/19 – RHIZOME DC presents Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka with Boat Burning’s Robin Diamond & Andras Fekete (violin, guitar and tape) / Samuel Beckett’s “FILM” with live score by Tim Carless  /  Low Ways Trio (DC avant-jazz featuring Cisneros, Stewart, McColm)

8pm, ALL AGES  $10 suggested

Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familial background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques. She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive. In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a centre for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria. The klang.haus is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year.

Since 2009 Mia Zabelka is the artistic director of Phonofemme Vienna, an international festival of female improvised electronic music and sound art. Mia Zabelka is currently collaborating in Duos with Lydia Lunch, Audrey Lauro, Micromelancolié, Philippe Petit and Zahra Mani, with video artist Mia Makela and in Trios with Meinread Kneer and Andreas Willers, in Mia Zabelka Trio featuring Pavel Fajt / Johannes Frisch, and in Trio Blurb featuring John Russell / Maggie Nicols.


Robin Diamond and Andras Fekete are members of Boat Burning, a Washington DC-based “maximum minimalist” collective, explores unexpected connections between classical music, experimental and punk.

Drawing from a dazzling array of jazz, postrock, experimental, hardcore, and classical musicians, Fekete reconfigures Boat Burning to tackle different musical forms, from quiet ambient/psychedelia duos, to muscular avant chamber-rock ensembles, to full-on guitar orchestras, featuring 100+ guitars, cellos, violins and drums.

For this performance, Diamond and Fekete will accompany Ms. Zabelka on guitar, tape and keys.


In 1964, Samuel Beckett traveled from Paris to New York City to shoot “Film,” a 24 minute short starring silent film legend Buster Keaton.  It would be Beckett’s only screenplay, and Keaton’s final film appearance.

At Rhizome, British multi-instrumentalist and film composer Tim Carless will perform a live score to a rare screening of “Film.”

Late of London, NYC and Los Angeles, Carless, now based in Chapel Hill, has written, recorded and performed with musicians as diverse as Wreckless Eric, Aufgehoben, Paul McCartney and Boat Burning. In 2015 he scored the celebrated and controversial documentary Ferguson: A Report From Occupied Territory.


Low Ways Trio is a Washington DC-based group performing original compositions by Mark Cisneros (stritch & tenor saxophones), using them as springboards for group improvisation. Joining Cisneros are two DC standard bearers in the jazz and improvised music scenes, Luke Stewart on double-bass, and Ian McColm on drums.