Robin Meier and Santiago Lusardi Girelli
Curated by Shazeb Shaikh
Date: 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Time: Opening Ceremony
Venue: KALA ACADEMY AMPHITHEATRE, PANJIM
Launched in 2006, the European Space Agency’s CoRoT satellite measures the minuscule variations of the light of stars. This twinkling of stars can be translated into sound through digital synthesis. Using techniques of spectral composition and various contemporary notations, these stellar sounds are then re-transcribed for brass ensemble.
Through close collaboration, a local Indian brass ensemble, unfamiliar with contemporary music and playing styles, was trained in the interpretation of this score. Over two weeks, the musicians learned to play these new sounds and collectively elaborated this new music. Finally, the musical project was rendered tangible through an object created specifically for this performance: a meteorite instrument. This instrument accompanied the brass band at the opening ceremony of the festival.
Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer exploring the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. He tries to make sense of these questions through his installations, objects and compositions. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde), “Maestro of the Swarm” (Nature) or just “pathetic” (Vimeo) his works are shown in international venues and events such as Palais de Tokyo, FIAC and Musée d’Art Moderne Paris, Art Basel Switzerland, Shanghai Biennale or the Eli Broad Art Museum in Lansing Michigan. Robin Meier also works as a computer music designer for IRCAM / Centre Pompidou (Paris), CIRM (Nice) and various other institutions or ensembles.
Santiago Lusardi Girelli
Santiago is an Argentinian-Italian conductor, has worked as a choir and orchestra conductor in Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Belgium, Bolivia, Peru, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and India.
He is also a performer, composer and scholar of theological & philosophical traditions of the East and West. He is co-director of the “Seville Symphony Orchestra Hispalense” (Spain) and Second Conductor at the Seville University Choir. He has been the founder and conductor of the Seville Chamber Choir and Orchestra since March 2010.
Currently, he has the Anthony Gonsalves Chair as Visitor Professor at Goa University, working as lecturer and founder of the Goa University Choir (since 2013);. Nowadays, he works at the University of Seville where he teaches and manages international cooperation programs on Art-Music and Education.
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