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.
1. Du singe au porc (2015), 56'34"
Pour 258 corps sonores français de souche et voix
Composé, écrit et enregistré à EMS, Stockholm, en novembre et décembre 2015
Qu'est-ce que cela signifie, être un compositeur français ?
être un compositeur ?
être français ?
Création : Frédéric Acquaviva post-Brexit tour, “Wavelenght”, curated by William English, Resonance FM, London, 25 novembre 2016
2. Ape to Pig (2015-2017), 57'27''
For 258 native born French sound bodies, voice and videotext
Composed, written and recorded at EMS, Stockholm, on November-December 2015
Filmed at La Plaque tournante, Berlin on April 9, 2016
What does it mean to be a french composer?
to be a composer?
to be french?
First performance: Finissage of the exhibition Frédéric Acquaviva, “Music & multiples, multiple musics”, La Plaque tournante, Berlin, February 25, 2017
First 8 channels performance: “Supermarket of sounds”, curated by Denis Dufour, Ourcq blanc, Paris, June 8, 2017
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.
His astonishing music, in which he chooses an experimental presentation using, is constantly exploring, always in new ways, the relationship between voice and language, sound and its meaning, even the idea of physical body sounds integrated into the musical composition, kept away from the concert hall's diffusions (acousmatic or sound installations). As the critic Eric Vautrin remarked in Mouvement
magazine, his work is not a “sound work but a work about sound”.
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