Frédéric Acquaviva, 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 (Henri Chopin, 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.
Paris / Berlin / London
16 titles
Frédéric Acquaviva - No Soy Un Robot (CD)
For countertenor, parrots, different voices & dead electronics.
Frédéric Acquaviva - [səminal] (CD)
A composition in two continuous parts of 30' and 19' which melts two antagonistic and complementary dimensions: a data-text read by the French artist ORLAN and a virtual orchestra, composed of four singers (Loré Lixenberg, Joan La Barbara, Wills Morgan and Jacques Lizène) and 124 different instruments.
Frédéric Acquaviva - Antipodes
Frédéric Acquaviva's new record—A QR code record without record limited to 100 copies: a 69 minutes opera for voices (with Joël Hubaut, who also wrote the text, Dorothy Iannone and Loré Lixenberg), dead electronics and video.
Frédéric Acquaviva - £pØ@n®diØ$n - Concerto for town and voice – With Loré Lixenberg (CD)
Concerto for town and voice created from recordings collected the same day in London and Paris, and illuminated by the voice of mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg.
Loré Lixenberg - The Singterviews - A real time Opera – Vol. 1 (DVD)
The first volume of the sung interviews by mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg (with Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Trevor Wishart…).
CRU (Creative Radiant Unique)
French edition
The penultimate issue of Frédéric Acquaviva's audio / video hybrid magazine is dedicated to the works of Frédéric Acquaviva, Isidore Isou, and Orlan. It includes a CD of Isou's last sound work from 2006 and a DVD featuring performances by Orlan, Acquaviva, Isou, Sharif-Sky Mathius, Jeremiah Runnels, Mats Lindström, Jean-Paul Curtay…
Frédéric Acquaviva - Du singe au porc / Ape to Pig (DVD)
DVD gathering the video recordings of two musical performances by Frédéric Acquaviva, in French and English, made at EMS in Stockholm and La Plaque tournante in Berlin.
Frédéric Acquaviva - Mess - 2015-2017 (CD)
A piece for mezzo, mouths, skins and Buchla, recorded with mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg (vinyl sleeve with a CD inside).
CRU (Complex Raw United)
French edition
The third issue of Frédéric Acquaviva and La Plaque Tournante's audio / video hybrid magazine, featuring Frédéric Acquaviva, Lieutenant Caramel, Jean-Baptiste Favory, Joël Hubaut, Andy Ingamells, Eduardo Kac, Maurice Lemaître, Loré Lixenberg, and Christoph Ogiermann.
Frédéric Acquaviva - Oreilles Vides
Double QR-Code LP (an empty sleeve with no discs), edition of 100 copies. The recording to listen online is a 5-hour composition for computer voice, first presented in Paris on March 25, 2000: a deepening of the idea of a dematerialized disc.
CRU (Curated Renegade Unidentified)
French edition
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…
Frédéric Acquaviva - Kiss Music (vinyl EP)
First QR-Code EP, edition of 100 copies, recorded at EMS, Stockholm, December 2015, with the voices of Frédéric Acquaviva and Loré Lixenberg.
Frédéric Acquaviva - Loré Ipsum (3 CD)
A piece for voice(s) an dead electronics with Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano).
Frédéric Acquaviva - Aatie (opéra-monde) (CD / DVD)
A piece for mezzo-soprano, voices, instrumental ensemble, electronics and videos (with a DVD, with no sound, to synchronise, or not, with the CD).
Frédéric Acquaviva - O(E)uvre (1990) (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.
CRU (Contemporary Radical Underground)
texts in English and French
sold out
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.

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