Sonia Loenne (me) sings, composes, recently also plays the drums and now lives in Bern, where she (I) studies contemporary composition in the master’s program at the Jazzfakultät der Hochschule der Künste with Andreas Schaerer, Stefan Schultze and Django Bates, among others.
I was born in Nice, France in 1996 and then moved to Leipzig, Germany in 1997. This has left me with a lasting linguistic confusion. Therefore, for several years, I have been involved in poetry, improvisation and theater in addition to music.
I improvise and compose in various formations, such as in duo with Bernese drummer Michael Cina: BUREAU BUREAU, as drummer of the band EDNA, with the Creative Jazz project Rainald Brederling Quintett, or solo throughout Germany and Switzerland and I can be found more and more on so-called "established" stages. In 2022 I have released two first albums.
In addition, I'm active as a composer in contemporary classical and experimental music and am currently working on a commission for the Bernese Ensemble Proton (Protonwerk 2022), among other projects. As part of my masters' degree I'm doing research on music as a social and curational practice - how are we playig togther? How are we influenced by each other? Can social structures be shaped by the music we play?
In the past I've been working a lot in theater – this increasingly influences my artistic work. Interdisciplinarity is not a conscious decision, it just happens.
2022 Winner "ZKB Jazzpreis" (with BUREAU BUREAU)
2022 Winner "Sparx Studio" - Migros Kulturprozent (EDNA, Premiere 2022)
2022 Winner Protonwerk (Ensemble Proton Bern)
2021/22/23 Selected for ESKAS Bundesexzellenzstipendium der Schweiz (for a Contemporary Composition masters' degree)
2021 bachelors' degree with honours, selection for the DKSJ Exchange Nights der Schweizer Hochschulen
2020/21 SEMP-Auslandsstipendium (studies at the Hochschule der Künste Bern)
2018 Selected for “Treffen Junge Musikszene” at the Bundeswettbewerbe Berliner Festspiele
2014 3. Place (Vocal Category) at the “International Youth Jazz Competition” in Kaliningrad, RU