Francisco López (Spain) & Reinier van Houdt (Netherlands) – Untitled #275
Saturday, February 14, 2015; 8PM
Doors at 7PM, FREE pre-show chat at 7:15PM
Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor) [map]
Single tickets $35 regular, $15 students (includes taxes and venue surcharges)
Advance tickets available at untitled275-vancouver.brownpapertickets.com and 1.800.838.3006
Untitled #275 is an unorthodox piano concert composition created by Spanish composer and sound artist Francisco López, and Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt. Presented in two movements, the piece moves from mechanically-prepared piano, to electronically-mutated piano.
Drawing on a range of aesthetic references, from early 20th century avant-garde to late 20th century electronic industrial music, the first movement is performed live on piano without electronics, following an intricate mapping of prepared and non-prepared keys, while the second evolves recordings of the first movement into an electronic, multi-channel, immersive sound work.
“…like being in a particularly demented clock maker’s workshop…” – Musique Machine
Francisco López & Reinier van Houdt – Untitled #275 (excerpts)
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 30 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 60 countries all over the world, including the main international festivals and museums, such as: International Expo Zaragoza 2008 (Spain), Festival des Arts (Brussels), Darwin Fringe Festival (Darwin, Australia), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), International Film Festival (Rotterdam), 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 130 international artists) has been published by more than 200 recording companies all over the world. He has been awarded three times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival (Linz) and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 (Paris) for best sound anthology.
Reinier van Houdt studied piano in Budapest and The Hague. He gives concerts and performances on piano, sampler, indian harmonium and analog synthesizers. He has acquired himself – cutting through schools, styles and genres – a special repertoire that consistently resulted from a personal quest; be it from working together with composers, from research in archives, from the ‘composing’ and ‘staging’ of concert programmes or from an unorthodox studying of the classics. Next to collaborations with composers like John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Alvin Lucier he has given first performances of music by such different composers as Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Robert Ashley, Jerry Hunt, Maria de Alvear, Charlemagne Palestine, Giacinto Scelsi, Yannis Kyriakides. He has also worked with theatre groups like andco&Co Berlin, Hotel Modern, Veenfabriek, Cryptic, and his own company Zoogdier; as well as with dance companies Leine&Roebana and Scapino. He has played in a multitude of venues worldwide, including, for example, the Knitting Factory New York, Music Gallery Toronto, Paradiso Amsterdam, Apollohuis Eindhoven, Alternativa Moscow, Hebbel Theater Berlin, Almeida Theatre London, Teatro Central Sevilla, Logos Gent, Setagaya Gallery Tokyo, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Mills College Oakland and the new Library of Alexandrya. He is also pianist in the Ensemble MAE and the Ives Ensemble.