, born in 1967, has been since 1990 a sound artist
and experimental music
composer, creating chronopolyphonic installations and CDs and playing in art galleries, in museums or in underground venues.
Staying away from traditional networks of musicians and composers, he meets and works with historical figures in art, poetry or video, sometimes a long time before their being discovered by the media. He has collaborated this way with Isidore Isou
, Maurice Lemaître, Marcel Hanoun, Pierre Guyotat, Jean-Luc Parant, mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, film maker F.J. Ossang and choreographer Maria Faustino, among others.
Acquaviva has become not only one of the essential protagonists of the rediscovery of historical avant-garde, more precisely of Lettrism (Isidore Isou
, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Gil J Wolman, Jean-Louis Brau, Jacques Spacagna, François Dufrêne
, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Broutin), but of Sound Poetry
, Bernard Heidsieck
), and has worked with some unique and outstanding historical figures (Pierre Albert-Birot, Otto Muehl
). He has done this through his knowledge of and interest in different disciplines: editing books, curating art exhibitions, being an events creator, lecturing, establishing catalogue raisonnés and bibliographic databases, creating radiophonic works, being an art critic, a filmmaker, and a publisher, with Editions Derrière la Salle de Bains or for his own editions: AcquAvivA, and the magazine CRU (Contemporary Radical Underground)
First QR-Code EP, edition of 100 copies, recorded at EMS, Stockholm, December 2015, with the voices of Frédéric Acquaviva and Loré Lixenberg.
The second issue of Frédéric Acquaviva and La Plaque Tournante's audio / video hybrid magazine includes documents on Trevor Wishart, Denis Dufour, Hém-Ish, Ione, Broutin, François Poyet, Johannes Kreidler, Gil J Wolman at work, a film by Frédéric Acquaviva on the late Pauline Oliveros, Silva Gabriela Béju on Henri Chopin and the magazine OU, a set of posters and postcards…
First issue of Frédéric Acquaviva and La Plaque Tournante's audio / video hybrid magazine, including a CD with music by Frédéric Acquaviva and Phill Niblock, a DVD with performances by Tomomi Adachi, Bernard Heidsieck, Katherine Liberovskaya, Jacques Lizène, Alvin Lucier, Loré Lixenberg, and Alex Mincek, posters, and documents.
A piece for voice(s) an dead electronics with Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano).
A piece for mezzo-soprano, voices, instrumental ensemble, electronics and videos (with a DVD, with no sound, to synchronise, or not, with the CD).
For his first ever conceptual piece from 1990, Frédéric Acquaviva collaborated with Australian pianist Mark Knoop on the recording of all harmonic frequencies using only the damper pedal of a piano.