Biography

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Zazuka is the artist name of Jordanian-born German composer, sound designer and songwriter Zeina Azouqah based in Berlin. Her at times atmospheric and at times percussive music utilizes both acoustic as well as electronic elements.  She started her path in music as a keyboard and piano player in bands, theatres and sufi poetry groups. She specialises in arrangements and original compositions for intercultural chamber music ensembles, some of which have been performed at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Sawy Culture Wheel in Cairo, the Cairo Opera House and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

Since moving to Germany 10 years ago she completed her studies in Film and Animation in Nuremberg and stepped into the film music world, scoring various short and medium-length films as well as providing sound design for animated films. She has composed for several short and medium length films, including a stop-motion animation called “wHole” which garnered many international prizes and screenings. More soundbytes from film scores from live strings to electronic soundscapes are available here. When she is not behind a computer keyboard or a music keyboard, she’s on stages/in anticafes, taverns, churches/at women’s gatherings around Berlin with her songwriter project. Listen here.

As a singer-songwriter she has released two chamber-pop and classical crossover singles (“Turn Everything” and “Hudna” with string quartet) and is working on releasing her first album under the artist name “Zazuka” in October 2019.

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Organisations:

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ATEM e.V. Rockcamps and Creative Social Projects for Girls*

Track15 Female Composers Collective

WiFTG Women in Film and Television Germany

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Selected Gigs:

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2018

with Duo as part of the Beynel Milel Concert Series #8 @Rotbart, Berlin

with Trio @Terzo Mondo

with Trio @sonntags.bureau, ZLB Berlin

Soloist/Arranger/Composer with Babylon Orchestra @Passionskirche, Berlin

with Trio @Kidz Klang Festival, Berlin

Solo @be’kech, Berlin

with Duo @Zimmer16, Berlin

Keyboardist for Shingo Masuda @be’kech, Berlin

Keyboardist for Fräulein Frey @Schleswig Schwingt, Schleswig

Arranger/Composer with Babylon Orchestra Soloists @St. Hedwig Cathedral, Berlin

2017

Solo @Deriva – Double Concert with Maria Weber, Berlin

with Quarzett @Junction Bar – Double Concert with Kassiopeia, Berlin

with Trio @be’kech, Berlin

with Duo @Mad Monkey Room, Double Concert with Rasta Nahas, Berlin

with Quarzett @Fotostudio GeZett, Berlin

Keyboardist/Soloist for G. Hartyåni @United Skulls Productions, Berlin

Solo with Live Painter @Art.City.People, Berlin

Keyboardist/Soloist for Faleh Khaless @United Skulls Productions, Berlin

2016

@Neruda Kulturcafe, Augsburg

2005-2015

Hand seeks Piano@Makan Cultural Space, Amman

Theater Musician @LAU Theater Festival, 8th Edition, Beirut

Keyboardist for Kun.Fusion @Fete de la Musique, Amman

Keyboardist for Ruba Saar @Amman Summer Festival, Amman

Keyboardist for Sahar Khalife @Al Balad Festival, Amman

Keyboardist for Liqaa Band @Saqiat Al Sawy, Cairo

Keyboardist for Liqaa Band @Cairo Jazz Festival, Cairo

Keyboardist for Naissam Jalal Ensemble @Al Azhar Park, Cairo