[ 19. Mai 2015 ]

ESSEN – Francisco Lopez in Concert

Subject: Francisco Lopez in Concert

From: Thomas Neuhaus

2. Juni 2015, 19:30

Pina Bausch Theater

Folkwang Universität der Künste, Klemensborn 39, 45239 Essen

Das ICEM hat den Klangkünstler und Komponisten Francisco Lopez zu einem

Konzert eingeladen.

Lopez‘ Konzerte sind durch seine ungewöhnliche Bestuhlung und die

Verwendung von Augenbinden besondere Klangerfahrungen.

Zu seiner Person:

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the main figures

on the stage of sound art and experimental music. His experience in the

field of sound creation and work with environmental recordings covers a

period of more than 25 years, during which he has developed an

impressive sound universe that is completely personal and iconoclastic

and based on profound listening to the world. He has performed hundreds

of concerts, projects with field recordings and sound installations in

50 countries all over the world, including the main international

museums, galleries and festivals, such as: PS1 Contemporary Art Center

(New York), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), International Film Festival

(Rotterdam), Festival des Arts (Brussels), Darwin Fringe (Darwin,

Australia), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Museum of Modern Art

of Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Center of

Contemporary Art (Kita-Kyushu, Japan), etc. His extensive catalogue of

sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with more than 100

international artists) has been published by more than 170 recording

companies all over the world and he has received the honorific mention

of the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz) on three occasions.

Zu seinen Konzerten:

Francisco López’s sound performances are something beyond a „normal“

music concert. An intense and rich sonic immersive experience in the

dark, with a surround multi-channel sound system and blindfolds provided

for the audience. Virtual worlds of sound created out of a myriad of

original sources collected all over the world -from rainforests and

deserts to factories and buildings from multiple locations in the five

continents- and mutated and evolved during years of studio work through

the master compositional skills of López’s universe.

The space is reconfigured with a multi-channel surround system around

the audience, which is placed in seats arranged in concentric circles

facing the outside array of speakers. The performer operates from the

center of the space (not on stage), in order to be able to control live

the sound as is heard by the audience.

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