Stereochemistry’s music travels along the lines of Ani DiFranco, Regina Spektor, Victoria Williams and such, but don’t expect yet another withdrawn indie-folk
musician on the stage.
Meet Miss Stereochemistry instead: a travelling consortium of five aliens sharing one human body, on a mission to explore and enlighten the human kind on its own contradictory existence on Planet Earth.
Stereochemistry serves her thought-provoking messages on society, politics, sex, religion, love, depression as a merciless yet prejudice free satirical musical cabaret, faithfully backed up by her guitar, piano, ukulele, violin bow and a loop station.
Behind this one-woman show stands Karla Hajman, Belgrade-born, Italy- raised and Berlin-based artist and scientist, who left her PhD in Experimental Audiology to dedicate herself to human ears from another perspective.
Her creative versatility granted her everything from a chemotherapy patent (http://patents.justia.com/inventor/karla-hajman) to music collaborations with indie, techno and funk legends such as Jason Rubal (Amanda Palmer, Dresden Dolls), Steven Rutter of B12 and George Clinton’s P-FUNK themselves.
Stereochemistry is a one woman music project by Karla Hajman – aka Miss Stereochemistry, an ex scientist who left her doctoral studies in Experimental Audiology to approach the listener’s ears from a totally different perspective. Originally from Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, Karla started making music as a kid, and founded Stereochemistry during her university years in Italy.
After the release of her first demo album, entitled “Love inside” (2005), Stereochemistry moved to Stockholm, Sweden, in order to dedicate herself to both of her passions, starting a PhD in Experimental Audiology at Karolinska Institutet.
But a lab couldn’t contain everything of this gypsy miss. Used to a more adventurous life of a globetrotter around Europe, Karla traded off the lab coat for a cabaret outfit and moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she first performed as a street musician.
Since, Stereochemistry’s original stage presence has struck many ears and hearts across the globe. Centered on self-ironic, taboo-breaking stories, told through a perspective of an alien accidentally incarnated on planet Earth, weaved into a theatrical performance and trademarked by the original costumes and outfits, Stereochemistry’s music & cabaret show certainly won’t leave anybody indifferent. Satirical and direct, Karla’s live show serves a brutally honest social, political, religious and cultural criticism, with just that right dose of humor to make it digestible to almost everybody, in five languages if necessary.
In September 2010, Stereochemistry released her first live/studio album called “Vagabond Cabaret”. Recorded in Istanbul, “Vagabond Cabaret” is a collection of Stereochemistry’s travel experiences and curious little life stories. A year-long tour that followed, took Karla and her music across 9 European countries.
Two singles, “Cotton Candy Love” (2010) and “Shut Up and Fuck Me” (2011) were released while on the road. After 344 days spent in a suitcase, Stereochemistry decided to unpack in Berlin, where she released her second, self-produced album, “The Archive Box“, on November 11th 2011. “The Archive Box” is a part of the homonymous conceptual art project, where the physical and digital release are distinct, yet interactive and interconnected. Click here to learn more about “The Archive Box” project.
The year 2012 marks Miss Stereochemistry’s personal life with the loss of her unborn son, which greatly impacts her work as well: Karla decides to park her suitcase for a year and take a journey within herself, in search for answers to the questions that have found her. “SWEEP,” the most intimate record so far, is written as a result of Karla’s trip to the personal hell and back; the album, symbolically released on December 21st 2012 and dedicated to her son, is a story of rebirth and an attempt to understand the love on Earth in all its forms. Due to everything that inspired this album, half of the “SWEEP” online sales are donated to a charity organization “Every Mother Counts”.
“Ruins in Bloom”, written and recorded during 2013, follows. Produced in the USA by Jason Rubal (Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Bitter Ruin, etc), and backed by a Crowd Funding campaign, the album marks a landmark both production- and expression- wise. The album opens up with ease and sincerity on difficult topics such as depression, still being a taboo in the society of today, offering a new perspective: depression as a transformation, rather than a simply “negative”, passive state. Karla defines it as a “prejudice-killer, free of self-inflicted censorship”.
As of 2014, besides Stereochemistry, Karla is a part of a downtempo triphop duo “Kinestatics“, together with London-based Steven Rutter of B12.
Year 2015 marks another important collaboration, with no one else but the legendary funk formation, P-FUNK themselves.