Musical Material is a series of inspiring encounters on Sunday afternoons hosted by Rewire and West Den Haag, during which specialists in the fields of music, art and reflection test and discuss their work in an intimate setting. For this third edition, we welcome Argentinian-born electro-acoustic musician Lucio Capece and The Hague-based composer, pianist and accordeonist Leo Svirsky. Next to the talks both artists will present a performance.
Lucio Capece Based in Berlin, Argentinian-born artist and musician Lucio Capece devises intricate installations using noises and pitched sounds to draw attention to surrounding space and the perceptual experience. Although a classically trained guitarist and saxophonist in the vein of jazz legend John Coltrane, Capece is renowned for his unconventional solo performances that incorporate a rather unique set of tools - helium balloons, pendulums, analog synthesizers, sine waves and noise generators, and ultraviolet lights - to generate improvised electro-acoustic explorations. Treating sound as a living creature, he digs into its granular characteristics and extremes to produce organic sonic landscapes free of a perceptive narrative.
Leo Svirsky is a composer, improviser, pianist and accordeonist residing in The Hague. With a background is in classical piano, he was drawn to contemporary music, improvisation and composition, becoming an active member of the new and improvised music scenes. Svirsky’s works explore the instability of listening itself, examining how this instability transforms the perception of musical semantics and affect. Despite the emphasis on disorientations of memory and spatial awareness, his improvisational compositions remain rooted in song and story.
00:05 Spatial awareness
02:18 Physical presence and location of sound
04:16 Leo's new record
04:49 “Ranter” Joseph Salmon
05:21 Heights in Depths of “Ranter” Joseph Salmon
06:01 The revolution of everyday life
07:09 Mysticism, instrumental music and deep listening
10:01 Musician proceeding and listening music
11:05 Experience with quiet music
12:12 Languages are more closed to our own interest and become impossible to read
12:48 Learning the technique of an instrument
13:30 Creative approach to an instrument
15:04 Going to the basics of things, keep it simple
15:43 Musician should speak more
16:16 Get rid of ideas that we didn’t decide
17:14 Sound as a wave
18:41 Social critic in music (about human behavior)
20:46 Unlearn everything
23:51 Leo’s way of composing
25:38 Questions from audience
26:40 Lucio: How to position yourself as composer?
31.15 Leo: Classical music and the tempo in writing music.
More info about this edition: westdenhaag.nl/exhibitions/16_11_27_Musical_Material