About

Mara Probst (1990) is born in Graz, Austria. She studied classical and contemporary Viola before she started to do more experimental music and came through improvisation and also a detour through sculpture and fine arts to the need to write her own scores. In her current studies at Hochschule der Künste Bern, she does a Master in Composition and Theory in the subject of «théâtre musical» with the minor in « sound arts » and carries the prospective title «composer- performer».

In her role of the performer she uses her body, viola, voice and electronics.

In her compositions she thematises inner processes of organic forms. Forms can be plants (like in her composition «daisy 2017/18 for contrabase clarinet», or humans (like in her piece « Atmen 2018 for two vocal performers»). Her idea is to use the form of an object literally like a vessel in order to make the proportions of the scetch. In the next step she fills it with movements, gestures, it starts to breath and connects with its surrounding and creates a dramaturgy through self- reflexivity.

Her impro influenced pieces are more sociologically based and her researches start with a video camera, in the surrounding of a city i.e. with street dancers (like in «nocturne» for two singers, percussion, contrabase clarinet, a speaker, two small synthesizer, video and text) or on the country side i.e. with grazing cows  (like in «supernatural landscapes I 2017 for ensemble, synthesizer and video»). She wants to question the isolation of the performers on stage, they connect virtually with the street live outside a hall or auditorium, are formed by the actions of everyday life, everyday questions etc.