Despite using different tools, Vantzou and Resina share a musical language and unique approach to composition: this became perfectly clear at their first meeting. From delicately distilled to intensely visceral, both explore the depths of the sound spectrum and the effect is stirring and timelessly immersive.
Christina Vantzou is a Missouri native of Greek descent who resides in Brussels, Belgium. A composer & experimental filmmaker, she works with space, sound, and image on a level of curiosity and refinement. Over the course of fifteen years she has built an audiovisual language very much her own. Vantzou has composed and released four albums of ambient-classical music on Kranky and has developed a form of graphic musical notation influenced by abstract minimalists. Her many collaborations have included performing with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), co-founding The Dead Texan, creating abstract films for renowned musical artists, and performing with ensembles across 4 continents. The Wire has said Christina has “an artistic eye ahead of her time. Vantzou has translated her surrealistic genius into her solo career’s visual albums… breathtaking visuals embody a dream realm that has been previously unopened until she decided to show everyone.”
Resina is the alias of composer, cellist and vocalist Karolina Rec, a participant in Poland's vibrant independent music scene since the late 00’s. Taking the plunge as a solo artist, Resina signed to FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint, with a debut album released in September 2016, and has steadily been making a name for herself through her striking, emotionally-resonant recordings and her powerful live performances. Her sophomore album ‘Traces’ was released in July 2018 to wide acclaim, with a review on Line of Best Fit calling it “thrilling and unsettling... A remarkable achievement.” The Guardian described it as “haunting,” XLR8R as “visceral, tense and thrilling” and Electronic Sound Magazine as ”an album that ultimately bastardises her instrument, but in such a way that the listener is never quite sure where it’s going. And therein lies the beauty.” Her latest EP with remixes by Ben Frost, Ian William Craig, Lotic and Abul Mogard was released on 31st May 2019. Honed through continual experimentation and seeking out unexpected characteristics of the cello alongside the use of looping, electronics, percussion and her own voice, Resina's musical style is distinguished by both an adventurous, personal language as well as improvisation.