one woman, one project:
Matzumi (Kathrin Manz): this is monumental symphonic-electronic music, accompanied by her unmistakable singing voice.
She made her first public appearance in 2009 and started her career as a solo project with the EP "Cryin` Soul" and the debut album "Sometimes", which was released shortly afterwards via her former label Candyrush-Music. A lot has happened since then. First she found her way into the electronic music scene, soon made a name for herself there and won the Schallwelle award in 2011 as best newcomer of 2010. In all the following years she was always among the nominees in the Schallwelle elections for the categories "Best Album" and "Best Artist".
The music project Matzumi - the one-woman-band, however, has been around much longer. She has been making music since her childhood. She found the stage name Matzumi, which should never become a stage name, in 2003 and for a long time it was only a pseudonym on various internet platforms for amateur musicians. She came up with this name through a documentary film about lions, in which a lioness bore the name "Madsume" - Madsume eventually became Matzumi.
Soon the live premiere followed. For the first time she performed with her own music in front of an audience. Years before, she had already been allowed to get a taste of the stage air - as the background singer of a synthpop band in 2000-2001.
In 2010 she released her next work: "Ad Infinitum", followed by "In Mutatio Tempora" in 2011, which received equally good reviews.
In 2012 she released the joint album "From distant times", which she had produced together with the Danish electronic musician Nattefrost, in 2013 another joint project with Emilsam Velazquez - the "Bravura Apasionada" and in 2014 her biggest and most important work so far was released: the "Symphony of silence and humility", on which she worked for 2 years. The "Bravura Apasionada" was created parallel to the production of the "Symphony".
Affectionately referred to by her fans as the "high priestess of synthesizers" or "monumental artist", she is now making a name for herself worldwide. Numerous interviews, album reviews and even the Lower Saxony daily newspaper "Die Harke" reported on her and her music in November 2013.
In 2012 she was signed by the Australian label "Wolf Entertainment", which is responsible for the download distribution. But Matzumi is also a self-distributor: she produces and sells her CDs herself.
Thanks to "Wolf Entertainment" and her then manager Udo Langner, she was able to get 3 guest musicians for her Symphony project: the label boss himself: Hellmut Wolf (flute), the German guitarist Frank Steffen Müller and the American Sean O` Bryan Smith (bass).
Emilsam Velazquez, who already produced for greats like Vangelis and Tomita, took care of them, declared Matzumi his protege and took over the mastering of the "Bravura Apasionada" and also the "Symphony of silence and humility" - which is described by the press as "Matzumi's masterpiece".
Each of her albums was a step forward, she continuously developed her skills as an autodidact. But what can follow after the Symphony? Matzumis big dream is to work with a real symphony orchestra one day.
Maybe it will come true...
UNIQUE SOUND WORLDS - THE CLAIM TO BE DIFFERENT
Matzumi in press releases
Interview with Matzumi of the Dortmund broadcaster Eldoradio* in the programme "Codos Traumreisen" from 7.7.2010 (german)
Contribution to the Schallwelle award ceremony on 12.3.2011 in the programme "Codos Traumreisen" by Eldoradio*, in which Stefan Erbe from Codo was interviewed about the award ceremony (german)
Wow! Wow! Wow!
This music is really great - it reminds me partly of Enigma, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis; but I think it also has something of Enja. Really very, very beautiful!
Vivat Kathrin et vivat imperium animalorum extinctorum!
You've got a real fancy site
Your music is also still as beautiful and timeless as I got to know it at myownmusic.
I wish you good luck and much success.
I like your music! Wonderful sounds and this voice - very, very beautiful !
Would be good for the soundtrack for Lord of the Rings !
Best greetings from Oldenburg.
Most beautifull music and voice!
Like the films. It gives an idea from who you are and what you do in the Music. Greatz from Gasselternijveen Holland. Go on with the good Work!
Dear Kathrin, thanx for the music.
Just four words Kathrin: Your music is CLASS!
Kathrin, the things that are really important cannot be put into words, they just happen along the way we go - your music is definitely one of them.
Are you from the star system "PLEIADES"
You are unique as there is no one quite like you,i have all your albums.
Love and kisses from this humble human.
I downloaded the symphony 'from Amazon as an MP3 'earlier. I must say: A masterpiece. Put it back and enjoy it to the fullest. Wonderfully soulful.....just.....very beautiful !!!
I discovered you on the Youtube site together with Nattefrost and became a big fan, beautiful music you make, I wish you continued success, you are a great talent.
Your music is beautiful,
Your music moves me,
Your music makes me feel,
Your music is!
I think it is very nice that you have found so many grateful listeners with your music. You have convinced me anyway. In fact, you bring a very special touch with you, which is very good for electronic music.
What a voice, great synth sounds, great ideas! While reading your biography I discovered some similarities - mixing at night, the most creative time... I wish you many more beautiful ideas and sound experiences! Best wishes from Freital near Dresden, Heiko
It's a really beautiful site. It's obvious that you care about music!
Great sounds what I have heard so far, great.
I have to order a CD longplayer.
"Without music life would be a mistake" Nice Monday by sven e.
You hit the right nerve with many people !!!! Keep up the good work I hope we will hear from each other ;-)
Your music is simply touching once it does come from the deep of your heart ! And it feels just great to listen to it. Keep on playing !
Alexandre da Costa
great music you make
just love to listen, the vocal is strong about expression love that, so keep on touch our hearts with your lovly music. see you.
Ivar F. Hansen
Thanks for the small, inspiring moment your music is giving me
I got your latest disc delivered the day before yesterday. It's been in heavy rotation ever since. An absolutely strong piece of music. Wish you continued success and creativity.
Greetings from Australia! You have amazing talent!! Keep it going
Dear Kathrin, I am thrilled. Please keep up the good work. Great music that is totally on my "wavelength".
Stay true to yourself and take a chance, because you've got what it takes.
i stumbled upon your official website rather by chance and, to be honest, i'm quite happy about it. i already found your music very interesting and fascinating at mom's time, which hasn't changed until today. i really enjoyed the audio samples here and am absolutely overwhelmed. enchanting music that you produce. all the best from my heart, many creative moments and success with your unique music. you are welcome to further enchant us musically...
since 1995 I am a fan of EM music and my CD collection is in the 4-digit range - the 3 albums I have of you now are among my absolute favourites! Such beautiful music! I have to listen to it again and again.
All the best for you furthermore!
Dear Miss Matzumi, i'm love the electronic music, you are very very great artist, congratulation and many wishes to your work and good luck to you, i'm new your friend and fan from ItalyExcuse me if i haved embarassed you but i never seen in my long life an very delicious and genuine and sensible artist of sing like you with your wonderful voice,congratulation very much
i have seen 2 of your longer videos. mega music ! Your voice is fantastic, your performance really carries you away. Deeply chilled, should not even come close to describing what I felt yesterday, it is really rare for me that I feel something as a real highlight. And that is exactly what makes you and your music. I have read the comments. Deeply impressed. But for some listeners it is and remains : MAGIC ***** And that's how I felt with you.
I'm in love with your music.
I especially like this special blend of spherical and ethnic sounds. You really got that!
I haven't seen you or Bjorn live so far, but I've got the 09.06.12 in mind.
Yes of course, this is a very own style, very beautiful
and I think the sound even surpasses the music of the artists I mentioned (Vangelis, Kitaro, Enya) in its complex diversity.
Such a thing can only be created by people with a lot of feeling and out of love for the music and the whole thing with an above-average sense of hearing and feeling.
There are not many of those.
As I said, very beautiful and extraordinary...!
now there is one more, who likes to listen to your music and what comes along : the first rezi of your beautiful CD -Sometimes- on my site...at Amazon
Great music, beautiful site.
Greetings from Bremen, Uwe
Music as a diary of your own life, there is no better way to express the art of making electronic music
Can music be magic?
Can a voice carry you away into other worlds?
decide for yourself, because:
MUSIC IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE SOUND IN YOUR EAR
THE MUSIC - 13 YEARS MATZUMI
Released in August 2009, this EP was considered the "appetizer" to the debut album "Sometimes", which followed the same year. It contains 5 tracks, 3 of which can be found again on "Sometimes".
1. discover the love
2. waiting for a sign
3. lonely in the dark
4. shadow of myself
5. longing for home
This EP is no longer available today and will not be reproduced.
In 2009 Matzumi signed her first band takeover contract with the label CandyRush-Music. Musically there was already a lot of material.
At the beginning of November 2009 Matzumi's debut album was released by the label CandyRush-Music. At that time, Matzumi was still represented with her music on an internet platform for amateur musicians, which was the way to get in contact with her future label.
Her music enjoyed great popularity even then. Her singing voice was also in great demand for other music projects.
14 songs are represented on this album. Early works, which were partly even more dance-heavy than her later works.
1. far away
2. life is a journey
3. discover the love
4. the voice of my heart
5. who we are
6. waiting for a sign
7. Triton Dreams
9. Dancing Shadows
10. Death and Reincarnation
11. faith and devotion
12. Mirror of the past
13. why does my heart
14. lonely in the dark
With this album the foundation for everything that was to come was laid.
After this album was sold out, it was re-produced by a crowdfunding campaign.
EP - conzept album
In July 2010 Matzumi's second EP was released.
Matzumi's music style experienced a change. Dark, mysterious and far more mature are now the songs. There are 5 titles on it:
1. the lonely path (Prologue)
2. the sense of life
3. we are one
"Ad Infinitum" enjoyed great popularity among listeners and was even nominated as best album 2010 for the Schallwelle Award - the prize for electronic music in Germany. At the same time Matzumi was also nominated as best newcomer 2010 and won the prize in this category. In addition to the glass trophy, the prize was a CD production of the company Interdisc in an edition of 500 copies.
LP - conzept album
In Mutatio Tempora
In October 2011 saw the release of the longplayer "In Mutatio Tempora" and was described in the press as Matzumi's journeyman's piece.
For the first time guest musicians were featured on one of their albums: Frank Dorittke aka F.D. Project and the Dane Björn Jeppesen aka Nattefrost.
1. A long journey (Feat. F.D. Project)
2. Step by step
3. Heights and depths
4. The children of the earth (Feat. Nattefrost)
5. Who we are (instrumental version)
6. Chapters of life
7. In Mutatio Tempora (Theme Song)
8. Consolation and obligation
9. Never alone
10. The migration
The "In Mutatio Tempora" was to be the last album released under the label CandyRush-Music. After that the label stopped its activities.
This album also represents a further step in development and should be a foretaste for later projects. Every further album was an increase of their musical expression, up to the bombast sound, which should shape the songs of Matzumi in the future.
The album was premiered at a music festival in Holland in 2011. Also here Matzumi could win many new fans.
LP - Nattefrost & Matzumi
From Distant Times
2012 - the year in which the joint album by Nattefrost (Björn Jeppesen) and Matzumi was released and quickly became very popular within the EM music scene. Two musical styles, which could not be more different, combined to one project. The result was a symphonic-electronic firework, which includes a total of 9 songs:
1. First Movement
3. The Ancient Land
4. The portal
5. Rise Of The Phoenix
6. Time Passing
8. The new dawn
9. Cold Midwinter Nights
The song "The New Dawn" was the prelude to this common idea to create a community album.
2010 was when Nattefrost and Matzumi met in Germany and went to the Electronic Circus Festival in Bielefeld the following day. Both had a stand there, but did not perform themselves.
When two musicians meet, a session is not missing - the result was the song "The new dawn", which later grew into the album "From Distant Times".
This album is not available in the Matzumi-Shop.
LP - Emilsam Velazquez & Matzumi
In September 2013 another community album was released. The year before Matzumi was signed to her current label Wolf Entertainment.
1. Bravura Apasionada (title song)
2. Caravan Of The Matador
3. Hymn For Kat
4. Lagrimas Del Alma
5. Latidos Del Corazon
6. Little Bird Big Trip
7. Otra Vida (Feat. Frank Steffen Müller)
The song "Bravura Apasionada" was the prelude to this joint album. The result was an album that can be placed in the genre "World Music". The guitarist Frank Steffen Müller contributed his guitar sounds to the song "Otra Vida".
This album is no longer available.
LP - conzept album
Symphony of silence & humility
21.02.2014 - after 2 years of work it was finally time! Matzumis biggest and most elaborate work so far - the Symphony of silence and humility - was released and premiered on the same day at a concert at OKV Ebersbach. This album is about the history of life on earth and is also a homage to life. 9 songs lead the listener through the course of time.
1. Symphony Prologue
2. Calm Down My Heart
3. The Origin Of Life
4. The Creation
5. The First Breath
6. Sublime in Silence
7. Downfall And Rebirth
8. The Eternal Struggle
9. A New Age Is Dawning
3 guest musicians joined in the course of the production: bassist Sean O`Bryan Smith, guitarist Frank Steffen Müller and saxophonist Hellmut Wolf. This album plays continuously for about 73 minutes. The individual songs are connected with transitions, but you can still select and play each song individually. This album received a lot of positive feedback from press and fans.
2015 - 2019
It had become quiet around Matzumi. She allowed herself a creative time-out, but had started working on a new album. Since then the Matzumi project was on ice.
The Matzumi project is currently being restructured and plans for the future are being made.
10 years Matzumi. How quickly time flies and so much has happened during these 10 years.
On to new shores...
The new beginning from 2020
What can a strong will, passion and confidence in one's own abilities develop for unimagined powers?
What can a single person achieve who lives for his dreams and strives towards great goals?
The answer: almost everything!
The time has come for a whole new level!
2020 / 2021 are Matzumi's departure for new shores, to offer Matzumi's fans and friends something special, which has never been seen before.
Are you already a Matzumi fan?
Album feedback from my Fans
We have all waited a long time for it - the Symphony Of Silence And Humility.
Good things take time - the saying is rarely true as it is with this wonderful piece of music. It hasn't left my playback devices for almost two weeks.
A complete work of art as if from a single mould, which demands full attention from the listener, but in return rewards him with soundscapes that redefine the word bombast and which in this intensity were previously only known from Vangelis or Enigma. But comparisons limp; Matzumi has always had her own distinctive style. In her music, one can still go on voyages of discovery even after listening to her music several times. I never get tired of it.
A nice idea is Matzumi`s personal addition to the album - a kind of written travel guide through the whole symphony. And yet every attentive listener will create his own pictures in his head.
Dear Matzumi - please keep it up. Just like that.
My innuendo tips: The Creation, The Eternal Struggle
Symphony of love.
When I messaged you to say that I was ordering your latest album, you asked me to write a comment on it.
I promissed I would, so here it is:
Listening o the Symphony of Silence and Humility (again) I hear a symphony of love.
Love for life (what this album is all about) and love for music as it is a beautiful, complex and well balanced piece of art.
The concept: a journey through time from the first basic form of what what is to become 'life' to the dawn of mankind (at least that is my interpretation) packed in a prologue and 8 tracks that, as life itself, glide fluently from one into the other.
It's hard to formulate and write a good comment, sitting alone in a room with my earphones plugged in and listening to this album.
I tend to close my eyes and just let the myself be drawn into the music completely.
It took 2 years to complete this album, but it was time well spend.
It is, to my standards, a masterpiece and already one of the favourites in my collection.
I hope you will find time and inspiration to make more of this great music in the years to come.
Today was the first time
Your album 'Ad Inifinitum' has grown. I have it 3 times.
and my enthusiasm grew from time to time.
On the fourth piece, I tried desperately to find the 'petite person Matzumi' on the huge Taiko drums, after...to whom the piece sounds, was not easy! It's impressive what you can do
dynamics and sonority out of a synthi and then as MP3 file reaches the ear via headphones. But also the vocals in the first piece and the exciting middle section in the second piece I liked very much. So
a turmoil and such emotions I would have given you after my impression of the silent person at the award ceremony.
It took me a long time to get another EM album and then it had to be my favorite CD to be able to listen to to get to it.
Just great, keep it up!
I downloaded the symphony 'from Amazon as an MP3 'earlier. I must say: A masterpiece. Put it back and enjoy it to the fullest. Wonderfully soulful.....just.....very beautiful !!!
I'm buying "Bravura Apasionada" right now. Can't wait to hear it! Much love and admiration from the U.S.A.
From Distant Times is a wonderful new work, which I enjoyed very much on my trip home on Saturday.
Please keep it up with more vocals.
outstanding work you have done together with Bjørn! the Klangwelt presents your album today (26.05.12)! (From distant times)
Keep up the good work. the work of the journeymen, soon masterly becomes Wink
I received your current disc the day before yesterday. Since then it has been running in "heavy rotation". An absolutely strong piece of music. Wish you further success and creativity
"Symphony..." Again a wonderful, soulful album, whose full beauty I have not yet fully grasped. I am looking forward to the next few hours in which I can immerse myself in your music.
There were days when the journey to work of over 50 km was an ordeal. The highway was like one stinking metal package in a traffic jam. I was cooking inside, the precious time was running through your fingers, so senseless and lost forever. Yesterday was again such a disaster but I heard you, time didn't matter anymore. It seemed to me as if I radiated a calmness, as only an older person can show, who escaped the hectic pace of years ago. While some were furiously banging on the steering wheel, others were venting their frustration on their mobile phones. I looked at the label of this beautiful muse, turned the CD cover countless times and seemed to be freed from all evil, until I was brought back into this goddamn world by the sound of hoots. Matzumi, yes, that's it. Many thanks Kathrin for these treasures. Best wishes, Thomas
I dusted two of your CDs in Gütersloh (ad infinium and cryin soul) and I think the CDs are really great. I will definitely get more CDs from you in the course of time. One title reminded me a bit of David and Steve Gordon. Do you know them?
I would like to make the European Championship more public in my area, but unfortunately I don't know exactly how (although we people from Stuttgart have some experience in the matter of instigation).
See you later, I'm sure I'll see you again at concerts and events. Unfortunately, I can't come to everyone, because it's a bit far away.
Greetings from the rebel city
Hello Key Wizard
I received the three CDs - it was really worth it to put on these wonderful works.
Wonderful pieces! I listen to them regularly - in the evening, at night and while painting...
As you already know, I, like you, often have the most creative phases at night.
Now I'm looking forward to your latest album...
Greetings from Bavaria-Germania
Review of Matzumis album "ad infinitum"
"ad infinitum" is her third album after "Cryin` Soul" and "Sometimes".
It begins with the piece The lonely path - Prologue. A slow piece with vocals and floating synthi pads that gently tune into the album.
In "Sense of life" it continues instrumentally. Surfaces and unobtrusively used leadsound tempt to dream.
"We are one" is characterized by spherical synth sounds and vocals. In
"Dreamtraveller" stands out above all for its extraordinary beat, which brings the journey forward.
The "Epilogue" is again filled with spherical synths and vocals with a dreamy rhythm.
Overall the album is very calm. It is sound painting, which creates images in the listener's head. There is a lot of feeling. Especially the purposeful use of vocals contributes to it. The production method of Matzumi, to record everything directly and not to tinker with Midi and sequencer software, certainly makes an important contribution.
Text: Jens Röcher (Bandforum.de)
Matzumi's rendezvous with the listeners: Cryin' Soul
The EP Cryin' Soul by Matzumi is a first appetizer for the album Sometimes, which is expected to find its way to the download portals on November 1st 2009. Available since the end of August via candyrush-music.com, their label, the EP contains five tracks and a playing time of 20 minutes and 58 seconds.
Rather short in length, the Extended Player offers a rather versatile presentation of Matzumi's music. Although all tracks were created at different times and phases in the life of the musician, the 5-pack still looks surprisingly closed and as if all of a piece. Responsible for this is the mixture of catchy and sophisticated themes, which are always found in certain variations and shape the "character" of the music.
Whoever listens to Cryin' Soul will hear ethno-pop, the detailed arrangements and atmospheric vocals of producer and singer Matzumi. It sounds a little bit like Michael Cretu's Enigma with singer Sandra, but it still sounds more like modern arrangements with a soft spot for imaginative and bridging style mixes, which, similar to Christopher Tin, take borrowings from classical world music and bring along their very own stylistic fidelity.
The presented music is not only accessible, but in a creative way "special". The big and small highlights in the tracks are alive. Partly interwoven by tangible weight of thoughts in the sounds, partly hymnically pulled up by prosaic narrative art - Matzumi describes the music as a diary of her life and as it draws a picture of her experiences, thoughts and feelings, so secure and wrapped up you feel in the sound carpets.
It is not the great highlights that the music strives towards; it is the horizon of experience in which reflecting scenarios and events shake hands. At the same time, you listen to the EP with a varied and accessible repertoire of the musician, which is completely convincing. Rarely will one deal with the music in a direct way and much rather, as in Waiting for a sign, let oneself be carried away by the dynamic and rousing composition - and this is also the strength of the music: it stands for itself. The handwriting of Matzumi in the ear.
Text: myownmusic.de Redaktion
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