Zazuka is the artist name of Jordanian-born 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 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.
Starting out on her path as a performer in the mid-2000s, she shared the stage with many artists in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, learning their songs and different styles along the way. From classical music and Sufi ritualistic chants to reggae, gnawa, pop-rock, folk-fusion and live piano for theatre and poetry evenings, she derived various elements to form her own music vocabulary. The result is a kind of “chamber pop” although she would rather defy category and say it is “anti-genre-fication music”.
Since arriving in her new home Germany nine years ago she became involved in electro-acoustic film scoring and sound design as well as orchestration and arrangement for East-West fusion ensembles such as Babylon Orchestra in Berlin. She has scored several short and middle-length films and worked as a score editor for feature films.
Zolo, Zuo, Zrio, Quarzett are the solo, duo, trio and quartet formations of Zazuka respectively.
2005-2015 Zolo, Hand seeks Piano@Makan Cultural Space, Amman
Theater Musician and Zolo @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
2016 Zolo @Neruda Kulturcafe, Augsburg
2017 Zolo @Deriva – Double Concert with Maria Weber, Berlin
Quarzett @Junction Bar – Double Concert with Kassiopeia, Berlin
Zrio @be’kech, Berlin
Zuo @Mad Monkey Room, Double Concert with Rasta Nahas, Berlin
Quarzett @Fotostudio GeZett, Berlin
Keyboardist/Soloist for G. Hartyåni @United Skulls Productions, Berlin
Zolo with Live Painter @Art.City.People, Berlin
Keyboardist/Soloist for Faleh Khaless @United Skulls Productions, Berlin
2018 Zrio @Terzo Mondo – Double Concert with Junodori, Berlin
Zrio @sonntags.bureau, Berlin
Soloist/Arranger/Composer with Babylon Orchestra @Passionskirche, Berlin
Zrio @Kidz Klang Festival, Berlin
Zolo @be’kech, Berlin
Zuo @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
Beynel Milel Concert Series #8 @Rotbart, Berlin