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Natalia Mann
Natalia Mann


Natalia Mann was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She studied harp and piano from the age of five, and began playing professionally as an ensemble & orchestral harpist in her late teens, specialising as a soloist of contemporary classical repertoire. She spent ten years in Australia immersed in Melbourne's vibrant multicultural music scene, where she explored world folk musics, roots, pop and experimenta, and co-founded various groups including the Samoan trio Sunga, the Brown Roots Pacific Arts Collective, the avant-garde improvisation ensemble Shima, and the Turkish fusion group Unified Gecko/Gece.

Natalia completed her BMus in Repertoire Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2002), where she later taught improvisation, and has since performed extensively through Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Western Europe and Turkey. In 2005, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey, where she was invited to play alongside master Turkish musicians, including virtuoso percussionist Izzet Kizil, and kanun master and composer Goksel Baktagir. Within this context, she began to write music of her own.

She formed the improvisatory ensemble Pasif.Ist to perform her original music, which was created in response to the Istanbul environment. The group was selected to represent contemporary Turkish music at the Traumzeit Music Festival in Duisburg, Germany 2009, where they received a standing ovation. For the past year, she has been the principal harpist for the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Kosovo Symphony and New Zealand Symphony orchestras. Active as a conceptual artist, she was engaged as a composer/performer for a new work by choreographer Neil Ieremia and Black Grace Dance Company, collaborated on a new recording with sound artists Erdem Helvacioglu and Ros Bandt, contributed to new albums by Yoko Ono and Bic Runga, and worked with a number of underground artists, film and documentary makers. 

Natalia's album, Pasif.Ist, was released in November 2011 to coincide with Bic Runga's Acoustic Church Tour, for which Natalia was the opening act. The tour was extremely successful, and her album sold in unprecedented numbers.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 May 2017 19:06