NaNaya

Live Act World Jazz Folk Experimental Jazz Worldmusic
NaNaya - World Jazz Folk Experimental Jazz Worldmusic Live Act in Cologne

NaNaya Short Info

Eastern-European melodies meet Jazz and Orient in a modern and experimental
setting. A fresh new project of the Hannover-based singer, Thea Soti and three jazz
musicians, who combine musical tradition of Hungary with the taste of Middle-East.
Longing for the roots of melody and rhythm, constantly on search for the ancient
energy of music.

The name of the band, “NaNaya” refers to the most commonly heard improvisational phrase
of the gypsies used to sing to the rhythm without lyrics, like “nanaya-ayna-nayna”. The
Hungarian singer, Thea Soti merges folk songs of her home with jazz and world music,
completing it with the oriental sound of the oud of Daniel S. Scholz. Her compositions and
arrangements guide the audience to an unknown world where conventional structures of the
occidental music tradition dissolve and will be challenged to receive an individually defined
form. The listener will at once be left alone in the mountains of the Carpathians or on the
shore of the Mediterranean Sea, where only the deepest instinctive and intuitive powers
count. The simultaneously archaic and modern songs of the quartet build exactly on this
fragile emotional labyrinth during the concerts. The band is supported by Johannes Keller on
double-bass and Jonas Pirzer on drums and percussion.

NaNaya is a longing for the roots of melody and rhythm: story-telling, clapping, dancing and
confessing through singing. The finely collected motives and melodies get reinterpreted in a
new modern context, where intimacy, spontaneity and honesty play the central role.

Eastern-European melodies meet Jazz and Orient in a modern and experimental
setting. A fresh new project of the Hannover-based singer, Thea Soti and three jazz
musicians, who combine musical tradition of Hungary with the taste of Middle-East.
Longing for the roots of melody and rhythm, constantly on search for the ancient
energy of music.

The name of the band, “NaNaya” refers to the most commonly heard improvisational phrase
of the gypsies used to sing to the rhythm without lyrics, like “nanaya-ayna-nayna”. The
Hungarian singer, Thea Soti merges folk songs of her home with jazz and world music,
completing it with the oriental sound of the...

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Past Gigs NaNaya

  • 12 | 2015 Bronco's/Hannover NaNaya in concert
  • 12 | 2015 HMTM/Hannover Musik braucht Freunde 2015
  • 04 | 2015 Frankfurt Musikmesse / Deutschlandradio Kultur
  • 09 | 2014 Jazzclub Bad Segeberg NaNaya in concert
  • 05 | 2014 Pferdestall/Bremerhaven NaNaya in concert
  • 03 | 2014 Villa Seeliger/Wolfenbüttel Transkulturelle Matinee
  • 07 | 2013 Goldbekhaus/Hamburg Creole Competition
  • 06 | 2013 Goethe-Institut/Göttingen NaNaya in concert
  • 05 | 2013 Komarno Mediawave Festival
  • 05 | 2013 Budapest Jazz Club NaNaya in concert

Discography NaNaya

  • 2016 far.home.east Album | quadratisch rekords

Media

  • Video Szimpla - Nanaya "Sabayan" ...
  • Sound Csöndhinta (Pre-release)
  • Sound Snippet "NaNaya" EP
  • Sound Olyan Jó Volna

Origin

  • Cologne DE

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Thea Soti Vocals, additional percussion
  • Daniel S. Scholz Oud
  • Johannes Keller Double bass
  • Jonas Pirzer Drums, percussion