frivolous & funny. catchy & loud. respectful and charming.

AMOUR FOU is an an award winning Avantgarde-Chanson-Show. Through the electrifying sound fields of Pop, Oriental and Experimental, Scharmien Zandi explores pleasure and social issues: equality, feminism, freedom, individualism, racism, and sexism.

AMOUR FOU brings this vulnerability of exploration to a climax that seduces and the public, with the artist acting as the defendant, the judge and the hangman simultaneously. The combination of piano and the holistic voice of Scharmien Zandi emulates the show into a chanson character with its own sound style. A story full of humor, melancholy, critic, and irony.

won the Austrian Musictheater Award 2020 in the category
‚Best Off-Theater Production‘

These topics take place on a global scale. AMOUR FOU has played in Beijing (CN) at DDC Club, in Vienna at the RRRiot Festival (AT) and at the Pfinxtn Festival (AT) where Scharmien Zandi shared the stage with Austrian stars like Paul Gulda, Michael Köhlmeier, and Shira Karun. After Asia and Europe, America should get a taste of AMOUR FOU.

AMOUR FOU – A cross-over between music, literature and theater
I want to lick over your face, sleep with your best friend,
caress your amygdalla, sew a dress out of your beard,
drink you, love you, strangle you.

A curious look into the secrets of strangers!
Moments of boisterous lust, raging jealousy, excessive love,
grueling doubt, dramatic world pain, energetic rage or dull loneliness.

The award-winning show AMOUR FOU by Scharmien Zandi,
meets texts by anonymous authors, performed by Sarah Scherer
and the multiversal soundscape of the e-violinist Roxanne Szankovich.

Theater Arche Vinyl Release EU / Vienna AT / 29-30.11.2021
ACFNY Vinyl Release USA / New York City US  / 13.10.2021
Luna’s Dream with Sarah Scherer & Roxanne Szankovich / Stream /  13.12.2020
Szene Waldvierten with Actress Sarah Scherer / Horn AT / 16.10.2020
Porgy & Bess / The Art Of Kurdish Music / Vienna AT/ 20.09.2020
Kultursommer Wien with Actress Sarah Scherer / Vienna AT / 30.08.2020
Guckloch Peepshow Wien
/ Vienna AT / 05.06.2020
ACFNY with Saxophonist Lukas Gabric / Online Show #quarantineconcert  / 15.05.2020
Pfinxtn Festival / Heidenreichstein AT / 08.06.2019
RRRiot Festival / Vienna AT / 02.03.2019
Initative.Raumschiff / Linz AT / 12.12.2018
Dusk Dawn Club / Beijing CN / 14.05.2017

As a multidisciplinary artist, musician and performer, Scharmien Zandi works with a variety of techniques and methods to create contemporary stage works, sound design and film art. Her artistic work and research are based on two principles: body(-sound), geometry / dynamics and space.

Scharmien Zandi’s work includes multimedia, performing arts and music. In 2017 she received an Artist Residency from the culture ministery of Beijing where she started her international art project “DIONE”, a contemporary opera. She works as a composer and actress for theater (Fu Long Theater Beijing, Landestheater Niederösterreich St. Pölten), film and operas. Her sound-installation for the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, at the 798 Art Zone, had elements of AMOUR FOU where she worked in collaboration with the Volkstheater in Vienna, Austria.

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