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THURSDAY SEP 20, 07:30 PM
Nimikry, an Austrian duo consisting of Alessandro Baticci (flute) and Rafal Zalech (viola), strives to reinvent classical instruments with the use of technology. The band explores an extraordinary versatility of sound and creates a playground for innovative music creation that transcends the borders of both tradition and contemporary art, opening up new fields such as experimental electronics, noise-pop, classical remix, and improvisation. This allows for constant musical and artistic research, which is one of Nimikry’s core endeavors. The virtuosity of their musical creations is underlined by their dedication to musical technology and sound art.
The band members’ classical musical education, as well as their confrontation with the language of the avant-garde, shapes their approach on stage and behind the scenes. Nimikry’s performances, at least as important as the music itself, are multifaceted, aiming to weave different disciplines into a new format. Nimikry shows its very own perception of our musical reality.
This performance marks Nimikry’s NY premiere.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alessandro Baticci was educated in composition, flute, and sound engineering in Milan and Vienna. In his dedication to contemporary music, Alessandro has explored sound installations, performative art, and electroacoustic composition. He has developed his own instruments and sound solutions to accommodate his musical aesthetic. International bookings have led him to Japan, Argentina, Germany, China, and Austria, among many others, and he has also performed in major festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen and Darmstadt Ferienkurse. He is currently studying the flute at the University for Music and Performing Arts, as well as TransArt at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a member and co-founder of The Black Page Orchestra, an ensemble for radical and uncompromising music of our time.
Rafal Zalech studied the viola and electroacoustic composition at the Music University in Vienna, Austria, and was granted a scholarship to study chamber music on exchange at Yale University. He performs regularly with the Klangforum Wien, a renowned contemporary music ensemble. He has been invited to perform at festivals all over Europe, notably in Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, and Warsaw. He complements his concert activity with an active interest in the technological development of instruments; his most recent project involves creating a platform for augmented string instruments with custom built sensors.
Image Credit: Piotr Koscik