Saturday, 18 August 20:00 Lucio Capece, Keith Rowe, Gerard Lebik, Peter Rehberg play Agnes Martin | Cinema
Argentinian musician based in Europe since 2002, specifically in Berlin since 2004.
Capece followed education as a classical guitarist and jazz saxophonist finishing studies at the Ginastera Conservatory in Morón, Buenos Aires (9 years career), and took self supported private lessons in Bass Clarinet (Martin Moore) , Saxophone and Jazz improvisation (Carlos Lastra, Gustavo Alsberg, Quique Sinesi) in Buenos Aires, Lyon (France, with Louis Sclavis), New York (meetings with Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, Tim Berne, Hank Roberts, Jim Black) and Chicago. (Lessons and concerts with Gene Coleman)
In Argentina he was part as a performer and composer of the ensemble Avion Negro and the trio Casual, working in the area of Contemporary jazz.
Since the late 90´s he offered music in the context of Electro Acoustic Improvisation, focused in quietness, attentive listening and granular material.
Since 2010 he dedicates to offer works focused in the Perception experience, that he performs mainly in solo and in the context of occasional collaborations based in the same interest. He composes his own pieces that may include improvisation and different ways of writing.
He uses tools like Flying Speakers hanging from Helium Balloons, Speakers as Pendulums, Analog synthesiser, Sine Waves and Noise Generators, Drum Machines, Ultra- Violet Lights, Sensors as much as the instruments that he has played for 25 years: Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone, adding recently a 100 years old Slide Saxophone.
He has also written compositions for Ensembles working the same aspects in the context of traditional Instrumentations.
He has performed his own sound interventions in spaces like The Cathedral of Bern (Zoom In Festival, 2012) The Mambo Museum in Bologna (Live Arts week 2012),the German Pavilion built by Mies Van der Rohe in Barcelona, the Halle des Expositions built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in Evreux, France ( L ´Atelier series) the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, and the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires where he offered an interactive installation for children.
Beyond instrumentation and tools, the main intention is to focus in the physical-social-spatial human experience.
Capece has played and released CD´s and LP´s with musicians like
Mika Vainio, Radu Malfatti, Keith Rowe, Vladislav Delay, David Sylvian,Kevin Drumm, Lee Patterson, Christian Kesten, Toshimaru Nakamura, Robin Hayward, Taku Sugimoto, Ilpo Vaisanen, Julia Eckhardt, Axel Dörner, Rhodri Davies, Burkhard Beins, among others.
He has released Cd´s and LP´s in labels like B-Boim, Editions Mego ( Austria), Another Timbre, Hideous Replica, Entr´acte, Leaf ( UK), PAN (Germany), Potlatch, Drone Sweet Drone (France), Formed ( USA), Mikroton , Intonema (Russia), Organized Music from Thessaloniki ( Greece), No Seso (Argentina), etc
His collaboration record “Trahnie” ( Editions Mego) with Mika Vainio was considered among the best 10 records of the year in the category “Outer Limits” by the magazine The Wire, in 2009.
He has worked with dancers and choreographers David Lakein (Amsterdam), Ayara Hernandez (Berlin) and doing interventions in public spaces in Buenos Aires together with the choreographer Andrea Servera (Ex member of the legendary collective “El Descueve”)
As a performer he has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Ablinger, Antoine Beuger, Michael Pisaro, Alex Arteaga, Christian Wolff, Phill Niblock as part of the Ensembles Q-O2 from Belgium, and Konzert Minimal from Berlin, together with the musicians Johnny Chang, Koen Nutters and Hannes Lingens.
He organises since 5 years the one day Festival “Perceptive Turns” in Berlin.
contact : email@example.com
Trio with Christoph Nicolaus (Stone Harp) and Rasha Ragab (Voice- texts)
Duo recording in process with Marc Baron (Electronics)
Duo with Ben Vida (electronics). Upcoming record on Mego Editions in 2018.
Duo with Bryan Eubanks ( Electronics- Soprano saxophone)
Mika Vainio- Lucio Capece duo.
The Argentinian Lucio Capece (AR, 1968), who currently resides in Berlin, plays soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and a no-input mixer, which he uses to manipulate feedback with. His work draws inspiration from the visual arts and cinema and always arises in an improvisational context, focusing mainly on the experience of time and perception.
Recently he started a new project with Mika Vainio (FI, 1963), best known as one half of Pan Sonic. Both in this project and in his solo work, published under his own name or pseudonyms like Ø or Teknovil, influences from techno, industrial and minimalism converge in an analogous twilight zone, an organic sound universe submerged in anxious spheres and thrifty pulses.
Vainio and Capece first work comes out in march 2009, released by the prestigious label Mego.
They played as a duo at Argos Festival in October 2007, concerts in Belgium, Buenos Aires and Berlin as a duo. Concertzs as part of Vladislav Delay Quartet and in Quartet with Axel Dörner and Kevin Drumm.
They have been working together with Kevin Drumm and Axel Dörner as a quartet ( Residency and tour in may 2008, LP on PAN label and concerts in 2011-2012 at Konfrontazionen Festival and Berghain Berlin) and with Vladislav Delay as a quartet with Derek Shirley (2008-2011)
Photo: Argos Festival
Collaborations with Recent Activity (2012-2015)
Trio Radu Malfatti-Kevin Drumm-Capece
In January 2011 the musicians Kevin Drumnm, Radu Malfatti and Lucio Capece made a 4 concerts European tour. The meeting of Drumm and Malffati had a strong meaning considering that are points of reference in the new improvised and noise music scenes, the quality of their work and their radical ethics in music. This is a rare project, unexpected, and impossible to predict in it´s results each time.
Upcoming CD on Potlatch- France- May 2016
Setting up at Q.O2, Brussels. January 2011.
Radu Malfatti-Capece duo.
Radu Malfatti is recognized like none else because of doing probably the most silent music ever done. And we do not speak about silence, we speak about silent music. After and beyond John Cage Radu Malfatti creates a music that can deal with the most subtle, and then, rich aspects of sound perception . How can we fulfill a room playing a sound that is almost not possible to perceive. Why a sound with this characteristics can be perceived more deeply than a loud sound?
Radu Malfatti and Lucio Capece met in 2006, as members of a sextet project that worked in residency in Vooruit, Gent.
After that they had the opportunity to play as a duo in Köln, in5th July 2009, playing later at Angelica Festival 2010 and in Oslo in the same year. Their first concert was part of an evening related to Luigi Nono. The recording of this first duo was released by Radu Malfatti´s own legendary label, B-Boim.
A second Cd called Explorational. is being released by the end of 2011 also at B-Boim.
Malfatti is the strongest and more clear expression of what has been called, in a simplistic way, reductionism, making a radical use of silence and stillness as architectural and expressive elements in music. And how it relates with nowadays society.
Sound Sampler- Excerpt from “Explorational”-
Live Recording from a concert offered at Exploratorium, Berlin, in September 2011.
Released on Radu Malfatti´s label B-Boim
Photo: Duo concert in Berlin in 2011
Lorenzo Brusci. Lucio Capece
Lucio Capece: soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, preparations, Sruti Box. Objects.
Lorenzo Brusci: Self designed speakers- Sound difussion .
Brusci and Capece met by the first time in 1990 in Montevarchi, Toscana, Italy. They have been sharing and enjoying friendship and sound since then.
Installed nowadays in Berlin, Germany, Capece and Brusci work together in a project that sees Capece playing a solo set with prepared curved soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and Sruti Box, that is diffused by Lorenzo Brusci in his unique self made speakers set, placed in unusual and unexpected sectors of the performance space. The speakers qualities ( made in materials like Terracotta, acrylic, porcelain, etc) allow to give different degrees of direction to the sound, as well as filter the material, aspects that are worked with particular acknowledge by Brusci.
They can be placed hanging from the ceiling or hidden behind a bar, as well as inside or behind any possible object of the room, or even under earth when the conditions allow the idea ( for example in open air gardens). The interest is focused in creating different sound areas in the performance space, giving privilege to certain frequencies and materials or not, according to decisions taken paying special attention to the particular characteristics of the place.
Christian Kesten (voice)- Lucio Capece duo.
Christian Kesten is a unique performer, singer and conceptual composer.
His background comes from working in Music Theater with Dieter Schenebel for 10 years, working as a member of the performance collective Die Maulwerker among several other rich experiences.
Kesten work is clearly not related to the improvised music singing language, what makes his approach to the voice unique in the improvisational context. His sounds touch the sounds of the city, internal sounds almost impossible to hear, alternating with pure melody in a bright and delicious color. This together with a strong presence on stage based in a work with the body and it´s presence as an instrument. Kesten uses words, a few objects that take the concert situation slightly outside, going out and coming back to the music .
Kesten and Capece met several times, playing concerts in Berlin.
A video recording of a concert at legendary Labor Sonor is available as a DVD. The duo has worked in a larger group together with Radu Malfatti, Julia Eckhardt, Taku Sugimoto and Toshimaru Nakamura in may 2007 at Vooruit, Gent, Belgium. Material to be released in July 2008 at Cathnor Records label from England.
-Video documenattion of a live performance at Labor Sonor, Berlin, in 2006, can be seen here;
-A DVD video documentation of a concert offered at Kulturfabrik, Berlin, in august 2008, can be sent under request.
– Video documenting a recent concert, offered on the 4th of august 2015 in duo with Christian Kesten
Thanks Yoann Trellu and Improvisation Xchange
Christian and a flying microphone. before playing a duo set at Ausland, 20th November 2015.
Burkhard Beins (GER) – percussion, zither, objects, handheld electronics
Lucio Capece (ARG) – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, preparations
Paul Vogel (IRL) – electronics, clarinet, glass
Martin Küchen (SE) – saxophones, radios, preparations
“Fracture Mechanics” , the scientific study of cracks in any form of material, is a well-chosen metaphor for the examination of music, sounds, shapes and their breaking points. The fact that this has given the word “fracture” a slight semantic degrading is of particular importance. Even more unorthodox expressions – such as “brötzmann-esque arousal” or “the buzzing valves à la Dörner”- will inevitably wear thin over time, so too the mechanics of sound – that is, the basic ideas about music and its performance must be subject to critical review and alteration. This quartet is particularly suited for such a task: Lucio Capece, German-Argentine bass-clarinetist with a weakness for both Chain Reaction-techno and Wandelweiser-asceticism, Burkhard Beins, legendary echtzeitdrummer and Post-Punk fan, Martin Küchen, Lund based saxophonist and baguette baker, and last but not least, clarinetist and domestic glassware operator Paul Vogel – one of the driving forces in the vital, but too often overlooked, Irish improvised music scene. Do not miss this excellent opportunity to become acquainted with some of Europe’s most influential profiles when it comes to the treatment of drum-head friction, precise gurgling, conceptually static noises, analog synth putter, ultra minimalism, radio distortion aesthetics, and disassembled wind instruments.
Photo- Zurich October 2014.
Collaborations with Activity in Past years (2004- 2012)
Mika Vainio- Kevin Drumm- Axel Dörner- Lucio Capece Quartet.
Mika Vainio: Analog and digital electronic devices
Kevin Drumm: Analog and digital electronic devices.
Axel Dörner: Trumpet. Computer.
Lucio Capece: Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Preparations.
The idea of this project is to allow musicians from different scenes but with common ideas to work together.
It can be seen quite often musicians from different languages being put together, trying to push the artists to develop unexpected works.
Vainio, Drumm, Dörner and Capece have mainly strong points in common, that have being worked in different contexts. The music map is generally divided into categories that are determined by it’s most evident and often banal elements : if it has beats or not, if it is quite or loud, if is has raw material or carefully worked one.
This four musicians have been working using all the previous elements. But this elements did not determine the music, they were used at the service of deeper ideas related to time and perception. How the sound of our environment can become music, how can music be attractive without telling a story, the work of sound in it’s extremes: noise, granular and delicate, digital, electronic, instrumental extended techniques, preparations.
Kevin Drumm and Axel Dörner started working together in the late 90’s as part of a trio with Paul Lovens. As a duo they released an influential album on Erstwhile Records.
Vainio and Drumm met in 2005 in Australia, both as part of the touring festival What is Music?.
Capece has released a duo CD at L’Innomable label with Axel Dörner and a trio one with Dörner and tubist Robin Hayward on Azul Discográfica label from New York. Dörner and Capece worked in several projects together, including a residence with Keith Rowe working on “ Treatise” by Cornelius Cardew.
Mika Vainio and Lucio Capece have finished recording and mixing a duo album. They have been working on it since 2006.
This quartet is a possibility to go beyond the personal language histories in an attempt to put in touch and develop new ways of genuine expression.
Residency and tour 3rd- 14th may 2008. Photo Gent- 8th may 2008
Lee Patterson ( amplified Processes) Lucio Capece duo
Photo at NK (Berlin) by Aniana Heras Cosin. Thanks Aniana.
Lee Patterson ( Manchester- Amplified processes and objects, electronics)-Lucio Capece ( Berlin- Soprano sax, Bass Clarinet, preparations). CD released on Another Timbre label, 2009. Empty Matter.
Lee Patterson is one of the most unique and interesting musicians I met in the last years. He plays with amplifying carefully natural processes like burning, filling with water , blowing,etc. A huge set of delicate hand crafted objects. We have been put together by the label Another Timbre. We have recorded a CD together that I find is some of the best I have done.
Is basically somehow expressive music. Thick and very present. With mechanical and natural sounds, but clearly organic and enjoyable.
This meeting finds me working with objects applied to my instruments at a degree I had never achieved or seen. This is not new, preparations in new music and in improvisation have been seen for a while. But what if we deduce from objects a
music that has to do with the actions they have been made for, with their timing, with their intense static existence, just there as observers of our actions, that can involve them or not, according to some strange habits, we human beings have. Are we sure that we created the idea of these objects, or they have been there since much before us, in other shapes and forms…many of
them will very probably survive us, maybe not as the object itself, but for sure as an idea.
The work with Patterson implies a demystification of instruments and the spaces where music concerts take place. Objects are taken to it´s higher sound possibility, if this exists, and instruments become objects with the mystical aura that everyday, banal actions, can have just taken to the concert position.
Burkhard Beins: selected percussion and objects.
Lucio Capece: Bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, preparations.
Rhodri Davies: Harp, electro acoustic device.
Toshimaru Nakamura: No-input mixing board
After working together in different combinations, these four musicians met in October 2006 at Les Halles, Belgium and made a residence that included a recording session and a live concert with 8 speakers and 1 sub woofer. The audience was placed in the centre of the room, and a sound artist joined the group working in the spacialisation of the music.
The whole space should be considered as a swimmimng pool, a space where each part of it is covered by sound. Water gives an idea of permanence but at the same time of total contact. Invites to develop a music based in a particular perception experience, of not ending or starting time, and material in it´s most granular way, in the context of a non stop intensity perceived by our body as a whole.
First CD released on Formed Records. May 2008. Upcoming CD in september 2009.
Reviews below in the reviews section of this blog.
-Sergio Merce- Lucio Capece duo.
Sergio Merce: portastudio ‘s prepared head
Lucio Capece: bass clarinet, soprano saxophone.Shruti box, effects.
Merce and Capece have been playing music together for more than ten years in Argentina.
In the Avion Negro quintet and the Hipereter quartet (two drums and two reeds) they have been sharing are search movement from the interaction between composition and improvisation from a post free jazz language towards the free improvisation and the composition based in the physic characteristics of sound.
Sergio Merce has created his own electronic instrumental set, starting from elements not prepared originally for this. He plays a portastudio without tape.Touching the head of the portastudio with different kind of objects as needles, cutters, etc. he produces sounds that he processes with a very simple effects and equalization set.
Lucio Capece and Sergio Merce think that electronics in music but also in everyday life have changed our perception capacity and our idea of sound, giving us a new space for sound elaboration , in the electronic instruments,in the self created instruments, and maybe even more in the traditional acoustic instruments.
This new interaction space and it exciting conditions for real time playing are the point of departure for this two musicians creative meeting.
Rhodri Davies( harp)
Julia Eckhardt ( viola)
Robin Hayward (tuba)
Lucio Capece ( Bass Clarinet, soprano saxophone).
Amber was created in 2004. The group was formed with two recognized musicians related to what was called “reductionism”, Rhodri Davies and Robin Hayward. The tendency that produced an impact in the community of improvisers since the late 90´s, working in a focused way with stillness and static music discourse. Julia Eckhardt, without knowing this tendency had been working in deeply similar areas, relating herself with the composers collective Wandelweiser. Capece, recently arrived in Berlin at the time suggested the group as a possible development of new possibilities in the context of minimal improvisation. The group worked in residency in Berlin and in Brussels, made a tour in Holland and produced a CD carefully recorded in studio. The recording was considered a step towards a more expressive approach to minimal improvisation, a tendency that was developed during the following years by several other musicians in the area. The group gave relevance to the use of pitched and drone material, without abandoning the rich production of noise, but somehow taking a distance from a dry approach to sound.
CD released on the label Creative Sources (Portugal).
Information about the cd and the label at:
Reviews on this cd at:
Toshimaru Nakamura- Lucio Capece Duo
Toshimaru Nakamura: No-input mixing board.
Lucio Capece. Bass Clarinet- Soprano saxophone.
Toshimaru Nakamura is unique in using a mixing console as a live, interactive musical instrument. He plays the ‘no-input mixing board’, connecting the input of the board to the output, then manipulating the resultant audio feedback.
Nakamura and Capece played together as a duo in Berlin and in Amsterdam, and as a part of Sound Like Water in Brussels. They made together a recording at Steim Studios released by the label Formed Records, under the name of “IJ”.
Photo DNK Amsterdam.
NMM . (No More Music- at the Service of Capital).
Mattin: computer feedback
Lucio Capece: mixer saxophone feedback
-CDr released on Why not? Editions: No More Music at the service of capital. Live Recording in Berlin. (http://www.geocities.com/whynotltd/)
Re-released (August 2006) No Seso (Argentina)
-CD released in october 2006.Colaboration between three labels. Ideal Recordings (Sweden), 8mm (Italy), Absurd (Greece). Edited and recomposed material taken from concerts in Oslo, Strasbourg and Brussels.
Info about Mattin:www.mattin.org
Complete CD released by the label “No Seso” from Argentina. Label directed by Zelmar Garin. Recording of Live concert at Kule, Berlin. 2005.
Vladislav Delay Quartet 2009-2012
The Vladislav Delay Quartet includes Mika Vainio on electronics, Derek Shirley on double bass, Lucio Capece on saxophones & bass clarinet and Vladislav Delay on drums. It is one of Vladislav Delays’ latest group performances with him on drums.
The debut performance by ‘The Vladislav Delay Quartet’ happened on April the 11th 2008 as part of the 2008 ‘My Favourite Thing’ Festival at Radialsystem, Berlin. The event has been curated by Hanno Leichtmann (Static, Vulva String Quartet tec.).
The group played in Poznan, Prague, Belgrade in october and november 2009, recording it´s first album at the Radio Belgrade Studios, in Serbia.
Dis-Patch festival. Belgrade-. 7th November 2007. Photo courtesy Dis-Patch, Residentadvisory.
Konzert Minimal is a project organized by musicians Koen Nutters (Bass) And Johnny Chang ( Violin, Viola). Capece is regularly invited to join the group that has been, since 2009, regularly performing music written by the Composers group Wanderweiser. The main Venue has been a bar in Neuköln. The group has been lately also performing music by other composers like Peter Ablinger, performing together with Antoine Beuger at Labor Sonor and NK project Berlin, as well as a piece composed and supervised by Michael Pisaro at the Festival Sonic Acts (Amsterdam) in 2011.
Other usual members of the project are Derek Shirley (Cello, Bass) Hannes Ligens (Accordion, percussion) Pierre Borel (Saxophone) Boris Baltschun (electronics) among others.
Project #13- Elemental Pulse.
Analog Electronics (Synthesizer, Filter, Sequencer, Ring Modulator, Equalizer in Feedback), Slide Saxophone, Recordings (Late night lake at Sokolowsko- Poland, Bass Clarinet), Sine waves.
Ultra Violet lights, Three mini speakers suspended from Helium Balloons covered with Ultra violet Powder.
As a development of the projects based in sharing Perception experiences that I have been working on since 2010, “Elemental Pulse” takes as a departure point the idea that in silence, and even more in silence in the context of “Nature”, we can consider what we hear as a drone.
Project# 12. Things and Language.
Music piece based in Read Texts, Miku Stomp pedal, 6 mini speakers hanging from the ceiling, Slide saxophone, Analog synthesisers, Field Recordings, Ultra Violet and Strobe lights.
This new piece was started as a study on the use of the pitch and noise in the context of psychoacoustics, as a way to research into the basic sense of music making.
Project #11-PLAYING WITH M- For Miku Stomp pedal, Slide Sax, field recordings, Analog synth, Wireless speaker, propeller and PA.
Project # 11- Playing with M
“The inanimate and the animate are not separated in this world.
We have to look deeper to see this connection”
Buddhist Monk celebrating the funeral of several Aibo pet robots. Japan.
For Miku Stomp pedal, Slide Saxophone, Field recordings, Analog synthesizer, Wireless speaker, Propeller and PA.
A link to a recording of a complete live version of the piece can be offered under request.
Project # 1 – SPACE TUNING- CONDITIONAL MUSIC- Buildings by Van der Rohe and Eiffel- Bern Cathedral, Open air Spaces.
Project # 1 – SPACE TUNING.CONDITIONAL MUSIC.Flying Speakers, Intervented Space recordings, Spectral analysis.
Most recent version of Conditional Music. Sanatorium Festival, Sokolowsko, Poland.13th August 2016.
Thanks Gerard Lebik, Zuzanna Fogtt and the Sanatorium team.
First photo by Gerard, second by Olivia Block. Many Thanks.
Video- Music for Flying Speakers- Bologna.
Mambo ben Temperato. Live Arts Week. 20th April 2013.
Project # 2 – EPOCHÉ- MUSIC FOR FLYING SPEAKERS (hanging from Balloons, moved by propellers), ANALOG SYNTHESISER, SINE WAVES AND PA.
Live presentation in London- January 2015. Photo by Andrej Truu. Thanks Andrej.
It is my intention in this piece to take the process of Epoché as form and content of it.
Project # 3: Factors of Space Inconstancy.
Centrum Amarant. Poznan. 29th May 2015. Spontaneous video by Jeff Gburek. Thanks Jeff.
Photos by Pablo Almeijeiras- Claudio Koremblit ( Experimenta TV, Argentina)- May 2014- Muchas Gracias.
Factors of Space Inconstancy ( 28 minutes)
For soprano saxophone, two wire less speakers as pendulums in oscillation, cassette walkman, volume pedal, 1 Flying speaker hanging from a Helium Balloon.
Project # 4 – Music for Speakers as pendulums and Sine Wave sin different Tuning systems.
I play a set of Three wireless speakers that hang creating Pendulums. The pendulums follow the physics of oscillating phenomena and move creating a sort of coordinated dance, visually attractive but that also influences the characteristics of the music.
Two of the pendulums play Sine waves in Three different Tuning Systems: Twelve Tone Equal Temperament, Just Intonation and Pythagorean Heptatonic.
Project # 5 – “EYES DON´T SEE SIMULTANEOUSLY”
Photos 21-02-2015- Amsterdam- Nearly not There Event.
Eyes don´t see simultaneously.
For analog synthesisers, Double plugged Equalisers, Ring Modulator, 3 Wire less speakers hanging from Three Helium balloons moved by Propellers.
“The right eye is seeing the foreground before the left eye and the background after the left eye, while the left eye is in a sense doing the reverse.
Argentinian musician based in Europe since 2002, specifically in Berlin since 2004.
His main instruments are Bass Clarinet and Soprano Saxophone. After 10 years focused in Electro Acoustic Improvisation he dedicates in the last years, to works focused in the Perception experience, that he performs mainly in Solo and in the context of occasional collaborations. He composes his own pieces that may include improvisation and different ways of writing. He uses tools like Flying Speakers hanging from Helium Balloons, Speakers as Pendulums, Analog synthesiser, Sine Waves and Noise Generators, Drum Machine, Ultra-Violet Lights. He has also written compositions for different kind of Ensembles