Masha Qrella I October 2020-March 2021
Masha Qrella is co-founder of the Berlin instrumental bands Mina and Contriva. In 2002 she released her first solo album, Luck, which was followed by five more solo albums, various artistic collaborations and concert tours in Europe, the USA, and Japan. In addition to her own songs, she writes film and theater music. She has interpreted songs by Frederick Loewe and Kurt Weill (2007) and set to music texts by Heiner Müller (2016) and Einar Schleef (2019). In her own first theater production, she dealt with texts by Thomas Brasch; this is a work at the intersection of concert, performative text space and installation (world premiere at HAU – Hebbel am Ufer, December 2019), which will also mark the release of her most recent solo album Woanders (Elsewhere) (Staatsakt, 2021). In collaboration with Diana Näcke and Christina Runge, and on behalf of DLF Kultur, she developed the radio play of the same name, which affords an insight into the process of creating the album. At Tarabya she developed the score for the film adaptation of Lucy Fricke’s novel Töchter (Daughters), directed by Nana Neul (cinema premiere October 2021).
Masha Qrella was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from October 2020 to March 2021.