In the avantguarde and experimental music I try to find new forms of vocal expression using extended vocal techniques. Patterns of sound, colours and noises evolve towards spoken word, instant poetry or song improvisations, they all melt together into a „language of expression“ that I like to define as Extended Voice Performance.
Born in Romania, experimental vocalist and performing artist Claudia Cervenca who has been living in Austria since 1990, loves to explore the human vocal potential. After studying jazz in Vienna, she finds increasingly more interest in free improvisation. She continually searches for sounds that are covering a large spectrum of qualities: from primitive, minimalist and fragile to unrefined, rough, noisy and guttural.
She is also interested in performing new music writen by contemporary composers and has performed music by Joan La Barbara, Jenifer Walshe, Judith Unterpertinger, Elisabeth Harnik, Anahita Abassi, Pia Palme, Yiran Zhao, Daniel Mayer, Tamara Friebel, Raimund Vogtenhuber. Cervenca performed at Klangspuren Schwaz 2009 u. 2010, Nobelpreisträgerinnenseminar Wien 2010, Symposium Autorschaft-Genie-Geschlecht Graz 2011, The Electro Acoustic Project Wien 2011, Velak Gala Wien 2013, Neue Oper Wien 2016, V:NM Festival Graz 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, Akademie der Künste Berlin 2018, Intrada Festival Timisoara (RO) 2018, Osimu Festival (IT) 2019, Sonify Festival Graz 2019.
In order to create a platform for experimental art, she started together with dancer and choregrapher Katharina Weinhuber the performance series FERMATA (2014-2016).
She worked and performed with:
Elisabeth Harnik, Kathatina Klement, Judith Unterpertinger, Pia Palme, Margarethe Mayrhofer-Lischka, Charlotte Hug, Franziska Baumann, Daniel Mayer, Tamara Friebel, Raimund Vogtenhuber, Sabu Toyozumi, Thomas Grill, Franz Hautzinger, Michael Fischer, Matthias Ziegler, Irene Kepl, Korhan Erel, Maria Frodl, Margarethe Deppe, Annette Giesriegl, Dine Doneff, Bernadette Zeilinger, Diego Muné, Rosi Rehformen, Fredi Pröll, Michael Zerang, Maggie Nichols, Tristan Honsinger, Adam Stodolski, Petr Zelenka, Hermann Stangassinger, Hannes Schweiger, Werner Zangerle, Josef Novotny, Karl Ritter, Melissa Coleman, Jan Roder, Uli Soyka, Wolfgang Puschnig, Andreas Mayerhofer, Gerald Selig, Nicolas Simion, u.a.
Austrian World Music Award 2007 (Trio Troica)
Nomination for "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2008" ( Troica - CD Dor - 2008)
Claudia Cervenca filters influences from jazz, etno, noise, and contemporary music, and adds elements of a made-up language, words and poetry creating vocal soundscapes. Her performances evolve into an original artistic expression of free improvisation and experimental music.