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Sascia Pellegrini - A cross media journey for percussion, electronics, visual and dance - FREE EVENT

Youth Square Y Studio 238 Chai Wan Road, Hong Kong
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Free tickets registration at: http://bit.ly/1gaIsXJ

PROGRAMME:

- Astathis
for snare drum, visual and electronics

- Mimesis Diesis Diegesis
for singing bowl, visual and electronics

- Col Legno Battuto
for wood board, visual and electronics

- Melange Métaphonique
for snare drum, singing bowl, wood board, visual and electronics

- Face_II_Face
for piano and dancer

- Poeme Cymbalique
for Cymbal Orchestra

- Continuo
for bass drum, visual and electronics

- Sub
for Chinese cymbal, visual and electronics

- Readings
for paper sheets, visual and electronics

- PostMortem
for bass drum, Chinese cymbal, paper sheets, visual and electronics


NOTES BY THE ARTIST:

The four compositions at the beginning and the last four on the programme today, form part of a work in progress related to the perception of sound and vision and to the perception of words, languages and gestures. The complete cycle will be twelve pieces comprised of six solo pieces, three solo extensions and three pieces for groupings of: snare drum, singing bowl and wooden board; Chinese cymbal, bass drum and paper sheets; timpani, vibraphone and metal sheet. The pieces focus on the possibilities of a single instrument, with some articulations enhanced by the use of electronics. Visuals and narration become a jigsaw puzzle of references, a dialogue between media. Certain pieces refer to linguistic, phonetic and philological questions, and in the end, provide philosophical and meta-else unspoken answers. What is audible is linked to those questions. Words and voice become sound and inner music. The instruments become a projection of the words of the narrator. Moreover, the visuals act on and re-act to narration and music. The border between the four (instrument, visuals, electronics and voice [narrative]) becomes fluid and illusory. Roles (who plays what, who conducts whom, who leads where) lose their meaning. The pieces interleave elements to create a cloud, a cluster of information, and an area for reflection.

The fifth piece in programme is choreography I have conceived as a dialogue between piano and body movement, between two humans (or some other beings maybe), between diverse energies encountering each other in a dialogue of knightly challenge, a “singolar tenzone”, a duel to define roles.

The sixth piece is the beginning of my new cycle “Orchestral solos”: single instruments that by cloning themselves become an orchestra. I start with my Orchestra of Cymbals, for (many) cymbals and live electronics.

The last four pieces are part of the cycle for instruments and materials: this second section is dedicated to bass drum, Chinese cymbal and paper sheets.

I hope you will enjoy the evening!

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Contemporary musician Sascia Pellegrini is no stranger to crossing frontier: bred in Italy and now based in Hong Kong, his music traverses the borders of media and genre. A classically trained percussionist, pianist and composer, with two consecutive scholarships from IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, France) under his belt, Sascia sculpts contemporary soundscapes with digitally-processed backtracks, live electronics and videos in combination with his technically-flawless and physically intense percussion playing.
He has earned the reputation of the percussion wizard not only by his immaculate mastery of traditional percussion instruments but also his uncanny ability to turn most unconventional materials into his music paraphernalia.

Having performed in Italy, France, German, Japan and China, Sascia invites his worldwide audience to experience his unpretentious and innovative land of music. In his new-found home Hong Kong, he collaborates with all walks of musicians, artists and establishments such as Hong Kong University, Chinese University and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

His composition and performance in recent events such as MOBILE M+ and Sonic Anchor #11 have gained him growing critical acclaims and recognition.



Dancer Xiao Chengyong (Sarah) was born in Hunan, China, now studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in contemporary dance. Xiao started her dance training at the age of 6 at The Xiao Du Juan School of Arts in Hunan. In 2008, she found her passion for Contemporary dance by which she was motivated to come to HK to further develop her skills as a dancer.

During her stay in HK, She has been trained in different genres of dance, such as contemporary dance, ballet and Chinese dance, and her talent as a performer and a improviser has enabled her to join different dance programs and projects.

In 2010, she was involved in the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company’s Youth Dance program which allowed her to perform in several communities in Hong Kong. Later on she performed in Henan-America Dance Festival and Beijing Modern Dance Festival in which she premiered her first Duet work; this year she has received a scholarship to join The Impulz Danz Festival in Vienna. The choreographers and artists whom she has collaborated with include Sang jijia(China), Laura Aris Alvarez (Spain), Kate March( USA), David Liu(USA), John Utans(Australia).



(Photo on top by Jesse Clockwork)

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