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LUKAS LIGETI PRESENTS FOUR OCEANS
THURSDAY MAR 30, 07:00 PM
Transcending genre boundaries, Lukas Ligeti has developed his own multifaceted approach to music making that draws upon the experimentalism of the New York downtown scene, electronic musics, and the rich traditions of African music.
Four Oceans explores ritualistic forms of interplay in an improvised context. The new group combines the talents of Old Time Relijun frontman Arrington De Dionyso, Rupert Huber of the famous Viennese trip-hop duo Tosca, and globetrotting drummer/composer Lukas Ligeti. De Dionyso, who is also a painter, performs on bass clarinet and various Indonesian traditional instruments; Huber, on piano and electronics, and Ligeti, on drums. Together, they explore new sonic spaces, evoking distant or nonexistent traditions, references to forgotten or freely invented cultures, and sounds that transport the listener to fantastic worlds the rest of the world will never see. The music of Four Oceans is a music of sparse determination and internal revolution.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lukas Ligeti (born 13 June 1965, in Vienna, Austria) is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary classical and various world musics. Ligeti is of Hungarian ancestry and is the son of the noted composer György Ligeti (1923–2006). He holds a master's degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna where he studied composition with Erich Urbanner. He travels frequently to Africa and has performed with musicians from Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Zimbabwe and several other African nations. His group, Burkina Electric, brings together electronica and Burkinabe popular music. From 1994 to 1996 he was visiting composers at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. He has worked with Elliott Sharp, George Lewis, Henry Kaiser and Roy Nathanson. In 2006 he was visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has lived in New York City since 1998 and resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Compositions have been commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, the Amadinda Ensemble Budapest, Icebreaker, the London Composers' Ensemble, the Synergy Percussion Sydney, the Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can and others. Ligeti has been the recipient of many awards, including the 1990 Vienna promotion award for composers, a 1993 award of the Republic of Austria and composition fellowships and grants by the Arts Council of Santa Clara County/California and the Austrian state.
Arrington de Dionyso is an Olympia, Washington-based artist and experimental musician. He conjures Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation. It's shamanic séance meets rock and roll ecstasy; TRANCE PUNK combining traditional ritual trance, electrified experimental approaches, dancehall rhythms, gamelan scales and mystically inspired Indonesian incantations. Shocking and hallucinatory, MALAIKAT DAN SINGA always aims to channel Spirit. Arrington de Dionyso was a member of Old Time Relijun since the 1990s. After Old Time Relijiun dissolved, he formed a new band based on Indonesian music called Malaikat dan Singa. De Dionyso directed Reak: Trance Music and Possession in West Java, a documentary film about the music of an Indonesian trance ceremony; the film was shown by the Olympia Film Society in May, 2016. He is also an organizer of the Olympia Experimental Music Festival.Designer Hedi Slimane incorporated de Dionyso's drawing Dragons and Angels in Deep Conversation in various fashions as part of the Yves Saint Laurent 2015 collection.
Composer and musician, Rupert Hubert (*1967) is based in Vienna, Austria, and works internationally.
Music by Rupert Huber is organized structures, sounds and tones for multiple known and unknown real and electronic spaces: Dimensional Music.
The group TOSCA – Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber – has released 14 albums over the last 20 years. TOSCA has performed live with worldwide success at events such as the Coachella Festival and has won Austria’s Amadeus Music Award. Rupert Huber´s spatial and installation work Turmgesang, Stadtmusik, Erinnerungswellen focuses on the thematic of the communication possibilities within a given space, the people there and the music of the very site itself. His music integrates the sonification of given data such as airport soundscapes or building bridges and includes telematic performances, events and concerts near the distance 2 as well as combined live/radio/web projects darb-i fetih. Huber’s written music (primarily for piano) explores the architecture of sound by describing a process and a space. He connects this approach of generating scores to his technique of creating objects (paintings, sculptures), distilling the essence of written music into tangible form. His music activities range from commissioned compositions (Wiener Festwochen, Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica Festival) to film soundtracks (Food Design, Freud’s Lost Neighbors: Berggasse 19), TV (C.S.I. Miami, Sex and the City), radio (ORF, Deutschlandradio) and beyond.
He has been collaborating with AGF, Chris Eckman, Sam Auinger, Alvin Curran, Robert Adrian x, Horst Hörtner, Garbiel Orozco, among many others. Rupert Huber studied composition in Vienna. He is an alumnus of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency (1997), was a member of the jury of the Prix Ars Electronica (2007, 2009) and nominated for the World Technology Award in 2010.
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