h.21 Auditorium San Fedele
Sound engineer: Filippo Berbenni
In collaboration with Associazione Italia-Russia, Goethe-Institut Mailand, Plunge
On the 14th of November San Fedele Musica presented the third appointment of the INNER_SPACES 2016-2017 cycle, the second made with the curatorial collaboration of Plunge after the inaugural concert in September. It is also the first appointment of the Russian Triptych, which includes three evenings, each with a Russian artist: Andrew Pekler, Andrei Tarkovskij and Ivan Pavlov.
The first protagonist of the evening is the Anglo-Sri Lankan Paul Jebanasam, the last name of reference on the international electronic scene, who with the recent album Continuum has reached an impactful synthesis of dystopian-apocalyptic visions in the form of a symphony, with glimpses of moving pacification. A fresco with unprecedented sound power which, starting from the lessons of the masters of electroacoustics, reaches a synthesis fully immersed in the chaotic postmodern imagery that generated it.
This is followed by the performance of Andrew Pekler, a musician of Russian origins of rare talent, who works on rhythmic and melodic patterns built with pre-existing material, with a preference for the musical archives of the seventies and the fruits of ethnomusicological studies. From his music emerges the conception of time as natural breath and pulsation, sometimes close to the fluctuations of Indian ragas. His latest work, Tristes Tropiques, takes the title of one of the main anthropological studies of Claude Lévi-Strauss: defined as “pseudo-ethnographic music composed of surrealist field recordings”, it can in other words be considered as an oxymoronic “artificial naturalism ”, Aimed at creating an imaginary ecosystem in which the reality we know appears as if filtered by a distorting screen.