MASHA QRELLA

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Available: Festivals / Tour in March/April 2019
Territory: worldwide
Booking: info@kojinmari-agency.com

MASHA QRELLA‘s first instrumental band projects Mina and Contriva were the debut of this artist’s unique sound: oriented on dance and song, they set out to create Berlin‘s own version of postrock. In 2002 she released her first solo album Luck.

Qrella entered into several artistic collaborations (amongst others, with the artist group Rechenzentrum, touring solo as a support band of Calexico and Yo La Tengo, released in collective several records, which moved sonically between electronic and punk and then returned back to song writing for her second solo record Unsolved Remained (Morrmusic, 2005). From this album, the American TV series Greys Anatomy licensed two songs and she also toured the USA for the first time.

In 2007, Qrella interpreted songs by Kurt Weill and Frederick Löwe on behalf of the HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Those songs are released on her third solo album Speak Low (Morrmusic, 2009). With her fourth solo album Analogies (Morrmusic, 2012), she also toured in Japan for the first time.

Boomkat wrote about Analogies: „A beautifully stripped-down but vivid sound that inevitably recalls Stereolab, Young Marble Giants, Broadcast et al […] the whole album is a pleasure – testament to Qrella’s terrifically honed writing, performing and arranging skills”.

The latest self-produced Album Keys (Morrmusic) was released in 2016 and combines disco-pop and songwriting. With Keys, Qrella toured Europe-wide and also in Japan. In 2018 the focus has been on score-writing. Now she is working on new songs.

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“It’s an album full of beautiful, heart-rending tracks with an air of sophisticated pop… It’s like somebody took the introverted insights of folk and transposed them against soundscapes that wouldn’t be too out of place in Bowie’s Berlin era.” – Vulture Hound Magazine

“Wie der unter Leuten monadisch für sich alleine Tanzende behaupten ihre Songs eine unanfechtbare Intimität.” – SPEX

“„Every street leads to a new place than the one I used to find“. Es geht auf ihrem fünften und besten Album ums Suchen und Finden, ums Unterwegssein, ohne jemals wirklich anzukommen… Ein Kick, vielleicht der ultimative. Was KEYS so gut macht, ist die Tatsache, dass es Qrella gelungen ist, diese Klarheit in all ihrer Ambivalenz in ebenso unkomplizierte Popsongs zu verwandeln. Eine wohltuende, aber auch kompetente und mutige Reduktion aufs Notwendige, das muss man können.” – Der Spiegel

“Unter den von sanften Beats unterlegten Singer/Songwriter-Stücken sind richtige Hits … die Musik wird getragen von der Stimme Qrellas, der man Verletzlichkeit genauso anhört wie Geradlinigkeit.” – TAZ