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Events 09 | 2013

Thurs, September 19, 2013
IMA | lab No.18
Andrea Belfi

Guest Artists in Discussion with Till Kniola
ZKM_Music Balcony, 6 p.m., Admission free

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With Andrea Belfi, an Italian guest artist of the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) will be introduced; the artist is currently further developing his "Knots"-Series − compositions, which integrate electro-acoustic sounds and performative actions with drum playing. Focus is placed on the transfer of the physical presence of the drums on the piece’s electronic components. Belfi will explain his method in discussion with Till Kniola, and offer several examples of his music performed live.

The discussion will take place in the English language.

Andrea Belfi
The musician, who began playing drums at the age of fourteen, lived in Milan between 1998 and 2001, and attended Alberto Garutti’s courses on contemporary art, which have − until today − continued to influence his approach to art.

For eight years, beginning in 2000, he had been drummer in the instrumental rock band Rosolina Mar, and, from 2002, began developing a drum solo-live set combing percussive techniques, electro-acoustic devices and synthesizer.
He founded his own music label Chocolateguns in 2002, under which he released his first solo album "Ned no.2". He released his second album "Between Neck & Stomach" which was enthusiastically received by critics, under the Swedish label Häpna, and his most recent album "Knots" released under the Italian label Die Schachtel, recorded and produced by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Since 2004, he has been playing with the initiative HomeMovies, which collects and restores old family films live, during performances. Multimedia works and installations are also among his repertoire: His multi-media project, a collaboration with Mirco Santi, has been shown at diverse festivals and in museums (among others, Netmage Festival, 2008, or the Claudio Buziol Foundation, also in 2008). Since 2009, Andrea Belfi has been resident artist worldwide and, in 2011, received the "Movin’ Up Prize". He is also a much-sought for musician in collaborative projects: he is currently playing together with David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait), with Stefano Pilia (3/4hadbeenliminated), with Ignaz Schick or Machinefabriek, as well as in a trio going by the name of "Il Sogno del Marinaio" together with Pilia and the bassist Mike Watt, known as Minutemen, Firehose or Iggy and the Stooges. One of his special band projects is the formation Hobocombo, which understands itself as a tribute to the work of North American percussionist and composer Moondog.

For further information, please see: www.chocoloateguns.com


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photo: © Andrea Belfi

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