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Focus on the Cello - Arne Deforce

Raphaël Cendo (1975) Foris for cello, electronics and spatialization on six channels (2012, 12’) Italian premiere
Richard Barrett (1959) Life-Form for cello, electronics and spatialization on eight channels (2011-2012, 55’) Italian premiere


The theme of “augmented” instruments and “extended” techniques is a very topical one. Cellists Michele Marco Rossi, Séverine Ballon and Arne Deforce present different approaches to the question in programmes that not only include many world and Italian premiere performances, but also introduce us into a world of sound that transfigures the familiar sound of the cello, an instrument that is a symbol of our western tradition, and into a universe of new acoustic dimensions and creative directions that are astonishingly innovative and original.
All in one day, during which the focus on this theme is offered to the attention of an audience prepared to orient itself within a multifaceted dimension that offers a comparative platform to help explore the new frontiers in the performance practices of our time.


Arne Deforce invites the audience into the powerful sound universe of Richard Barrett and his Life-Form: a “musical sculpture” with great emotional impact, which relies on eight channels to flood the space with sound trajectories that constitute an authentic dramaturgy of timbric vectors. This language and incandescent material is coherently reflected in Foris by Raphaël Cendo, a theoretical musician and founder of saturation, a recent aesthetic movement which has spread around the world and which, inspired by an acid deviation of Spectralism, offers a model of composition based on excess, in the gesture and the treatment of the sound material in each and every component.

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