Layla Zami's interdisciplinary performance practice encompasses music, spoken words poetry, and physical theater. Her work stands out as innovative, delicate, and socially-conscious. Her musical and literary compositions, and her stage presence are embedded in a tragicomic approach to human realities.
As a Resident Artist with Oxana Chi Dance, Layla Zami creates and performs in an intense and intimate dialogue with the movements. She appears as a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, chalumeau, kalimba, drums), a poet, and an actress in multiple productions directed by Oxana Chi. Zami also uses live-loop technology and unexpected objects to make music.
As a saxophonist, Zami was trained in classical music at the Conservatoire du Mans in France. She later studied jazz with Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, sound quality with Parageet, and musical theory with Prof. George W. Russell, Jr. (Berklee College of Music, online course). She was a member of the Berlin University of the Arts Big Band in Germany, and also performed internationally with talented musicians and bands including Mara Rosenbloom, Joachim des Ormeaux, Hannes Buder, Nikolaus Herdiekerhoff, and Sylvestre Soleil.