Marianna Sangita A. Røe is a greek/norwegian singer, composer and vocal coach based in Oslo.
She grew up between Mykonos, Greece, and Trondheim, Norway. She started playing music at a young age with her father, who is a violinist playing mainly greek folk music. She attended the Jazz Course at Sund Folk College at Inderøya and went on to get a First BA Honours in Sound Arts and Sound Design at the London College of Communication (2010-2013). She then studied at the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen from 2014-2017 from which she graduated as an Authorized Teacher in Complete Vocal Technique.
While studying in London, Marianna did the sound design and composed music for several theatre productions including the Sturdy Beggars Theatre Company productions of Ivona, the Princess of Burgundia and The Wolf. She also collaborated with fellow student Dan Linn-Pearl and made the documentary Learning to Listen, a film examining Sound Art and its practitioners based in London, Berlin and Amsterdam. The film screened at the LCC Graduate Show, Cafe Oto, PNEM Sound Art festival in The Netherlands and Novas Frequencias Festival in Rio de Janeiro. She also recorded an album with free improvised vocals on cassette tape in the now torn down Heygate Estate in London, and made the piece “MYKOBAR”, which screened at the first Mykonos Biennale, “Crises and Paganism” in 2013. For the last two years Marianna has collaborated with the Hestnes/Popovic theatre company in their production titled “There is A Noise”, where she is the sound designer and technician. She has toured with the show to several festivals, ShowBox in Oslo, SAND in Kristiansand, Schöne Aussicht in Stuttgart, Det Frie Felts Festival in Copenhagen and Freiburg Festival to name a few.
In 2012 Marianna, Heida Karine Johannesdottir (tuba), Anja Lauvdal (keys), Lars Ove Stene Fossheim (guitar) and Hans Hulbækmo (drums) started the band Broen. The band has released two EPs and two albums, and is currently signed to the Indie giant Bella Union (Beach House, Father John Misty, Xylouris White) internationally and Su Tissue Records (Jenny Hval, Okay Kaja) in Norway. In 2015 they were awarded the Role Model Prize at the ByLarm festival in Oslo. In October/November 2017 they toured Europe with Icelandic band Mammút and they have previously played the Roskilde Festival, Øya Festival, Pstereo, ByLarm, Trondheim Calling, Molde Jazz Festival, Haldern Pop, Latitude, Ilmiö, Kaltern Pop and Nattjazz among others. They are currently finishing their third album.
Marianna also sings in the klezmer band Goylem Space Klezmer, Oluf Dimitri Røe and family and she is also a part of Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Skrap.
Marianna periodically works as a vocal coach, giving private lessons with methodology based on CVT pedagogics and theory. She also works with Jeunesse Musicale Norway in the MUA-project (music for young asylum seekers). She and her colleagues give music workshops to children and youth in asylum centres across Norway.
In 2018 she was given a two-year work grant by Norsk Kulturråd, enabling her to focus more on composing for Broen, but also her own work. She is currently working on a solo album inspired by greek folk music, in greek.