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 the stars. This twinkling of the stars can be translated into sound through digital synthesis. Using techniques of spectral composition and various contemporary notations, these sounds of the stars are then re-transcribed for brass ensemble.
Through close collaboration, a local Indian brass ensemble, unfamiliar with contemporary music and playing styles is going to be trained in the interpretation of this score. Over two weeks, through recordings, videos and workshops the musicians learn to play these new sounds and will collectively elaborate this new music.
Finally, the musical project is rendered tangible through an object created specifically for this event, a meteorite fragment. This iron from space will be transformed into a musical artifact that will accompany the composition and focus the exploration of sound and space into a sculpture.
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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