Sašo Vollmaier

Photo: Saša Huzjak

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,…)

In August 2019 he moves to Slovenia.

The latest project is inspired by the music/themes from Laibach. Vollmaier created a solo piano piece, called "Vollmaier plays Laibach". The piano will be recorded by the end of  February 2020 in pianoroom.

 

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" performance with Susanne Weins, directed by Sabine Seume.
  • January 2018 "Travers", vocal and instrumental performance with Yane Mareine, Christiane Cobral, directed by Daniela Alejandra Garcia Molina Castro
  • ​November 2018 "On the road" with Viviane Gay (performer, singer), Patrick Delattre (guitars), Sašo Vollmaier (keyboards, electronics), Albert Chinet (drums)
  • November 2018-2019 "Izumitelj na zemlji" Anton Podbevšek (1898–1981), performers: Ana Pandur, Leja Jurišič, Urban Kuntarič, Andraž Jug, Pavle Ravnohrib, Sašo Vollmaier. Musical direction and adaptation: "Malenkosti" by Marij Kogoj (1892-1956) - Matevž Kolenc& Sašo Vollmaier, concept: Bara Kolenc. Anton Podbevšek theatre
  • September 2019-20XX "Vollmaier plays Laibach", solo piano performance inspired by the music of Laibach.

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Projects

Pianist

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

Composer/Arranger

He is composing and arranging for different musical, dance and theatre performances. Vollmaier is creating the music for the performance called "Der Wind durch Blätter un Wasser im Wandel des Seins" in collaboration with Atelier Performative Künste (2020).

Performer

Sašo Vollmaier is a performer in the field of performance-art.
His performance includes sound desing on stage with intervetions of movement, spoken word, voice expression.
Vollmaier's last sound concept appeared in performance art week in Venice (Dec 2019), called "Fragile Breath".

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

Sat, 21 Sep 2019
Vollmaier plays Laibach
Kompleks, Ravne na Koroškem

solo concert, 20h
piano: Sašo Vollmaier

Thu, 26 Sep 2019
Vollmaier plays Laibach
Dvorana GŠ Radlje

solo concert, 18h
piano: Sašo Vollmaier

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 > Wed, 2 Oct 2019
Laboratorij za mlade skladatelje in raziskovalce zvoka
(Feri in dvorana Union) Maribor

mentorja:
Tadeja Vulc
Sašo Vollmaier
Ponedeljek, 30. september 2019: 17h do 21h (FERI)
Torek, 1. oktober 2019: 17h do 22h (dvorana Union)
Sreda, 2. oktober 2019: 17h do 22h (dvorana Union)
prijava

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 > Sun, 13 Oct 2019
glasovno/gibalni atelje s Sašem Vollmaierjem
Stegne 3, 1000 Ljubljana (SI)

mentor: Sašo Vollmaier
sobota, 12 oktober: 10h-17h
nedelja, 13 oktober: 10h-17h
info (PDF)
kontakt/rezervacija
rezervacije prejemam najkasneje do 6. oktobra.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019
Izumitelj na zemlji
SNG Maribor

54. Festival Borštnikovega srečanja
18h, Tribuna na Velikem odru

Avtorica koncepta in režiserka: Bara Kolenc
Dramaturg: Miklavž Komelj
Avtor zvočna podoba: Matevž Kolenc
Avtorja aranžmajev - adaptacija klavirskih skladb Marija Kogoja (Malenkosti): Matevž Kolenc in Sašo Vollmaier
Scenograf: Marko Japelj
Koreografinja: Bara Kolenc in izvajalci
Oblikovalec videa: Zack Sievers
Oblikovalki kostumov: Špela Ema Veble in Nina Jagodic
Asistentka režije: Ana Laura Richter
Lektor: Jože Faganel
Oblikovalka kreativ: Eva Mlinar
Izvajalci in soustvarjalci:
Ana Pandur
Leja Jurišić 
Urban Kuntarič
Andraž Jug
Pavle Ravnohrib
Sašo Vollmaier

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 > Sun, 17 Nov 2019
Voice/movement workshop (research)
APK, Düsseldorf (DE)

mentors:
Susanne Weins
Sašo Vollmaier
contact/reservation: mail@susanneweins.com
 

 

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