Phonometak Series #9
Walter Prati & Evan Parker
Evan Parker (born 5 April 1944 in Bristol) is a British free-improvising saxophone player from the Europeanfree jazz scene. Recording and performing prolifically with many collaborators, Parker was a pivotal figure in the development of European free jazz and free improvisation, and has pioneered or substantially expanded an array of extended techniques. Critic Ron Wynn describes Parker as “among Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists … his solo sax work isn’t for the squeamish.”
Walter Prati: Composer, cello and electronics player. Improvised Music, Contemporary and electronic music from analog time to digital domain. Always involved in experimenta project with Giancarlo Schiaffini, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. Founder member of Evan Parker Electroacoustic enesemble. Music performed at Teatro alla Scala, Akademie der Kunste – Berlin, CCA Glasgow, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Bogotà, Melbourne.
Lukas Ligeti & Joao Orecchia
Lukas Ligeti: Born in Vienna, Austria into a Hungarian-Jewish family from which several important artists have come including his father, composer György Ligeti, Lukas started his musical adventures after finishing high school. He studied composition and percussion at theUniversity for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and then moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University before settling in New York City in 1998. Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa. Known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring polyrhythmic/polytempo structures, non-tempered tunings, and non-western elements. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and travel. He has also been participating in cultural exchange projects in Africa for the past 15 years.
João Orecchia is an artist and musician based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Focusing on alternative sound approaches, he has been exploring ideas of randomness, composition based on source material from field recordings and the effect this can have on an audience’s perception of space or image. Prior to Johannesburg, João spent several years in Berlin, Germany, where he composed music for theatre, film and dance performance. He also collaborated with many musicians playing concerts all over Germany. João’s music has been released on several albums and compilations in Germany and New Zealand. His newest album, Hands and Feet will be released by Other Electricities in 2009 and features contributions from members of BLK JKS (Secretly Canadian), Serengeti (Anticon, Audio 8),Spoek Mathambo of Sweat.X and Playdoe, Carlo Mombelli, and Mario Marchisella. João is proud and pleased to call Mpumi Mcata and Tshepang Ramoba permanent band members. The 3 are hard at work on the next album and playing gigs around Johannesburg.