Wednesday 20 May 2020, 7.30pm
Marja Ahti (b. 1981, Luleå) is a musician and composer living and working in Turku, Finland. Working with feld recordings and other acoustic sound material combined with electronics and feedback, she investigates the borderland where the sounds start to mirror each other or communicate. She creates precise musical narratives with slowly mutating textures of detailed acoustic sound and intuitively tuned sustained tones with gentle microtonal beating. Her music lingers in a zone between the acousmatic and the documentaristic, hovering between abstraction and the deeply familiar, moving into a realm of poetic metaphor where the sounds are mirroring and shadow-dancing.
Originally from Sweden, Ahti has been a part of the Finnish experimental music scene for more than ten years in different constellations and is currently active in the duo Ahti & Ahti with her partner, and as a member of the Himera artist/organizer collective. With her debut under her own name, Vegetal Negatives (Hallow Ground, 2019), Ahti explores a new formal language and sonic palette that ventures far off the path of her earlier work.
Francesco Cavaliere (b. 1980 Piombino, Italy) is known for the sensitivity with which he combines sounds, materials and space, His works are capable of enlivening his listeners’ inner states in an imaginative journey populated by ephemeral presences, phenomena generated by glass, minerals and voices recorded using analogue and digital technologies. First introduced to the world through the tape "Neverending Somersault,” is the author and interpreter of the "Gancio Cielo" audio stories, released as a full length LP on the label Hundebiss (IT).
“The basis for Cavaliere’s music is derived from the prowess of his imagination, which at a young age was stimulated by a gift, given to him by his grandma. “At a very young age, my grandmother, who was a music teacher, gave to me a cassette record player. And as I was an only-child, I would sit in my room alone, and have conversations with the record player and my pre recorded voice. I communicated with it.” (Spencer Clark)