About TOWA

While Marta Zapparoli works with analogue tape recorders and reel-to-reel machines, microphones and analogic self-made devices, Julie Rousse plays with a real-time modular platform on a laptop. But they both use some of the hundreds of fieldrecordings they have collected through the years and travels as a base to their creation.

Their sonic investigations have much to share : an unconditional love for fieldrecordings, improvisation and distortion. Their organized chaos brings out sincere emotions, oscillating between rhythms and abstraction. Marta Zapparoli & Julie Rousse have met for the first time in 2008, on stage in the festival Sonification in Zagreb.


MARTA ZAPPAROLI is an Italian experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, musician, researcher. She lives in Berlin since 2007. After a diploma in Soprano Saxophone, she graduated at the Academy of Art in Bologna Italy.

Since 2000 Marta became increasingly involved in the production of experimental radio shows, installations and multimedia theater also under the name of (HOTELNUCLEAR collective)which she is a founder together with Giancarlo Bianchini (MOTUS). Over the years she has developed an extremely consistent body of work as a solo performer and improviser.

In addition Marta Zapparoli takes part in several duo projects and collaborations (playing with Matmos Band, LAFMS Band, Martin Kuentz, Alessandra Eramo, Julie Rousse, Burkhard Beins, Vinyl Terror&Horror, JD Zazie, Martin Howse, Rinus Van Alebeek, Paul Lovens, Werner Dafeldeker, Mattias Müller, Andrea Neumann, John Duncan, Lucio Capece, Zeena Parkins, Liz Albee and many other established musicians .

Since 2010 she is a member of 24-pieces Splitter Orchester Berlin. She took part in several international festivals all over Europa and U.S.A. such as : Faithful Festival, DAAD Festival, Berlin (Germany) 2014, Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington DC (USA) 2013, A L’ARME Festival, Berlin (Germany) 2013, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (Germany) 2012, Simultan Festival, Timisoara (Romania) 2010, SpektroOpen Festival, Istanbul (Turkey) 2008 and many more around Europa.

Her music mainly consists in strongly and intense narrative sonic pieces that she builds using a wide variety of recording techniques, devises and microphones in unconventional way. She records real world sound, representing hearable, even if not always consciously perceivable natural and urban environmental sounds, as well unconventional sounds that are not audible in a classic acoustic environment and noise which disturbs and disrupts the activity and balance of human life. Marta use analogue tape recorders and reel-to-reel machines as her main instrument for collage techniques, scratching back and forth, cutting, editing and producing rough sounds.

She released several albums on Umbrella Noise records, Idiosyncratics, Audition Records, Nohmad Records, and Zeromoon. She was also extensively featured on WDR3 Open Studio Elektronische Musik Deutschland ZDF TV, and a variety of experimental radio broadcasts. In 2006 she received the MOVIN-UP Award for her fieldrecording project An Audio Portrait of Berlin.



JULIE ROUSSE is a sound artist, improviser performer and electroacoustic composer.

Passionate phonographer, she is always looking for new sonic sources in her travels through Europe and the world, exploring the possibilities of sound capturing in specifically chosen contexts (urban, natural or industrial); working with different recording devices and microphones, using them as instruments ; sometimes with movie extracts, television or radio archives.  In this process she oscillates between purity of the recordings and a special attraction for archaic, Lo-Fi machines.

Since 2001, she uses that sonic collection – in an experimental process – as her raw material, an infinite source of rhythms and colours, which she shapes with a real time sound treatment software – real time being the essential element of her spontaneous and chaotic approach. She digs in the sound – intruding in the detail – exploring, in search of new textures or the unique rhythms of the raw – free from intervention – sounds.

Her electroacoustic compositions, at first largely inspired by her theatre scenography studies are looking for the relation between listener, space and dream. By creating swarming and immersive universes, Julie Rousse delivers her very personal pieces out coming of an in-situ work using site and project specific recorded sounds, transposing in sounds her sensible impressions – to be unfolded in a specific place at a specific moment.

She played numerous concerts worldwide, in all kind of venues, events and festivals and has played in Japan, Chile, Canada, United-States, Tunisia, Croatia, Lithuania, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France. She participated in events and festivals such as La Nuit Blanche à Paris (2005, 2011), Festival Suoni per il Popolo (Montreal, 2004, 2002), Festival Electrograph (Athens, 2005), Sonification (Zagreb, 2009), Performing Arts Marathon (New York, 2010), Send+Receive (Winnipeg, 2011), Le Fest (Tunis, 2011), Eye for an Ear Audio/Visual Festival, (Berlin, 2013) and many more…

Her collaborators are renowned performers or emerging artists from the international improvisation scene: Martin Tétrault, Sam Shalabi, Kiyoharu Kuwayama, Alexandre Saint-Onge, Olivier di Placido, Marta Zapparoli, Mathieu Garrouste, Christine Sehnaoui, Crys Cole, Anton Mobin…

Her pieces have been released on the labels Sub Rosa (2010), TsukuBoshi (2010), and on the netlabels NoType (2001), Con-V (2004),  Just Not Normal (2009); played on Radio Canada, Arte Radio, Radio Libertaire, France Culture or KKWNE Radio, Radio On, Berlin… In 2015 she is laureate for the Bourse Hors les Murs of the Institut Français.