Sašo Vollmaier

Photo: Ivan Midderigh

Biography

Sašo Vollmaier (1982), pianist, composer, performer, teacher 

He graduated from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2008 - professor of piano. In 2005 he meets "Pantheatre" (Paris, FR). This collaboration opened new area and possibilities about the voice work which he followed after as an accompanist for singers, worked in Slovene National Theatre in Maribor - opera department, teaching in different musical institutions and playing with several musicians in different musical formations.

He joined the Slovenian avant-garde music group Laibach in 2007 - 2013 as a keyboard player. The experience with Laibach was crucial in understanding the elements of the industrial music, curiosity about politics, awareness of oneself and the opportunity to express himself in this particular musical genre.

In 2013 he moved to France for personal and professional development.

He meets Viviane Gay in Paris, an actress&singer with whom he started to create music-theatre-pieces and developing his presence on the stage as performer trough his voice, movement and music.

The voice work brought him to Malérargues (Centre Artistique International Roy Hart) again where he started to give classes, collaborating with other voice teachers and giving the concerts and performances.  In the same year he begins the project called "Generation" as a musical director with performers/singers: Kaya Anderson, Carol Mendelsohn, Marianne Le Tron, Ian Magilton, Saule Ryan and David Goldsworthy. This project allowed him to meet the Roy Hart Theatre in terms of the power of the presence, fragility, expression, authenticity, curiosity…

In autumn 2014 he started to teach in Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo (IT) invited by Kevin Crawford, MFA program director. Vollmaier teaches musical aspects, encourages the students to invent their own language, working on presence, voice and movement. This structure allows him to define his direction. 

In the same year he started to collaborate with Susanne Weins, giving the voice/movement workshops in Düsseldorf and creating their own theatre productions (Bewegte Oktaven, Fragile Breath, Melancholia,…) most of them directed by Sabine Seume.

He works as a voice teacher & pianist/accompanist mainly in France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Slovenia, ...

"VOZK" is the name of electro-acoustic project created by Izidor Leitinger, Luka Jamnik & Sašo Vollmaier (2013 -20xx). 

Vollmaier’s accomplishments include theatre and cartoon scores, choral arrangements, marching orchestras, big bands, playing as a studio musician (Laibach, Bratko Bibič, Silence, Funtango, radio/TV broadcastings,…)

 

short CV

  • 1982 Born in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
  • 1997-2001 Secondary music school in Maribor (professor Narcis Grabar)
  • 2001-2008 Academy of music in Ljubljana (professors: Aci Bertoncelj, László Baranyay, Andrej Jarc)
  • 1998-2005 Big Band Radlje (conducted by Izidor Leitinger), keyboards
  • 2005-20XX Pantheatre (Elizabeth Meyer*, Linda Wise, Enrique Pardo), collaborator, teacher// Roy Hart International Arts Centre, collaborator, teacher
  • 2005-2009 Slovenian tango group Funtango, piano   
  • 2007-2013 Slovenian industrial band Laibach, keyboards
  • 2008-20XX Bratko Bibič & the Madleys, piano
  • 2010  Slovene National Theatre Maribor, accompanist
  • 2012 Music school Franc Šturm, teacher, accompanist
  • 2012-2013 Slovenian alternative Synthpop band Melodrom, keyboards
  • 2013 Music school Radlje ob Dravi, teacher, accompanist, choir conductor
  • 2013 Paris
  • 2014-20XX Performing, theatre, voice, P.M.S. (piano music singing) // La compagnie Patte Blanche (Viviane Gay), musician, composer // Atelier Performative Künste (Susanne Weins), teacher, collaborator // Accademia dell’Arte, guest music & voice teacher
  • 2015-20XX  "Generation", Roy Hart International Arts Centre, composer, musical director // Chrysopée, keyboards // "VOZK", Electro-Acoustic trio: Luka Jamnik (programming, keyboards, vintage analog devices, composing, arranging), Izidor Leitinger (trumpet, keyboards, composing, arranging), Sašo Vollmaier (piano, keyboards, composing, arranging)
  • 2017 "Melancholia", most recent performance with Susanne Weins, directed by Sabine Seume.
  • January 2018 "Travers", vocal and instrumental performance with Yane Mareine, Christiane Cobral, directed by Daniela Molina Castro
  • ​November 2018 "On the road" with, Viviane Gay (performer, singer), Ariel Garcia (guitar, trompinette, electronics), Sašo Vollmaier (keyboards, electronics), Marcin De Morsier (bass, electronics), Luc Muller (drums, percussion, keys)

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Photo: Lina Prokofieff

Projects

Pianist

After completing his studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Sašo started to develop his musical style influenced by the many different bands he collaborated/is collaborating with (from 'chamber' to 'alternative music').

Performer

Saso Vollmaier’s most recent performance "Melancholia" is inspired by Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia I, with Susanne Weins and Sabine Seume (September 2017)

Teacher

Sašo is an experienced piano and voice teacher. He is interested in unwritten interaction between the singer/instrumentalist  and accompanist. His teaching approaches to the Alfred Wolfsohn and Roy Hart voice work (in training), inspired by several Roy Hart teachers.

Photo: Saša Huzjak

Upcoming dates

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 > Sun, 4 Nov 2018
Janis (Residency and Performances)
Switzerland

Performance with:
Viviane Gay - Performer, Singer
Patrick Dellatre - guitar
Sašo Vollmaier - Keyboards, electronics
Albert Chinet - Drums

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 > Sat, 6 Oct 2018
Voice (F)Acts
Düsseldorf, DE
voice, movement - Workshop  
Directed by Susanne Weins & Sašo Vollmaier
contact
 
 
Fri, 2 Nov 2018
Still on the road (Premiere)
Casino Théâtre de Rolle, Lausanne (CH)

Performance with:
Viviane Gay - Performer, Singer
Patrick Dellatre - guitar
Sašo Vollmaier - Keyboards, electronics
Albert Chinet - Drums

Sat, 3 Nov 2018
Still on the road
Casino Théâtre de Rolle, Lausanne (CH)

Performance with:
Viviane Gay - Performer, Singer
Patrick Dellatre - guitar
Sašo Vollmaier - Keyboards, electronics
Albert Chinet - Drums

Sun, 4 Nov 2018
Still on the road
Casino Théâtre de Rolle, Lausanne (CH)

Performance with:
Viviane Gay - Performer, Singer
Patrick Dellatre - guitar
Sašo Vollmaier - Keyboards, electronics
Albert Chinet - Drums

Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji (Premiere)
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Fri, 30 Nov 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Sat, 1 Dec 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Fri, 7 Dec 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Sat, 8 Dec 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Mon, 10 Dec 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Tue, 11 Dec 2018
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Tue, 8 Jan 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Fri, 11 Jan 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
Novo Mesto, Anton Podbevšek Teater

Text:
Anton Podbevšek

Concept, direction:
Bara Kolenc

Music, Arrangements:
Matevž Kolenc&Sašo Vollmaier

Performers:
Leja Jurišić
Ana Pandur Predin
Pavle Ravnohrib
Andraž Jug
Urban Kuntarič
Sašo Vollmaier

Photo: Saša Huzjak

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