Rinus van Alebeek
Rinus plays more then one (mini-)cassette simultaneously, sometimes up to a number of eight. Recordings are played forwards, backwards or/and in a different pitch. In this mix of abstract and recognizable sounds, some of them are on the foreground, some of them behind a rumble and some of them might be spoken words in a strange or familiar language.Every now and then there are melodic sequences.
Rinus a writer who uses his (environmental) recordings on tape to narrate a story. During the nineties he published two books (pseud. Philip Markus) in his native country. The first novel (De Weg naar Oude God) won the prestigious Geert Jan Lubberhuizen Prijs, a yearly award for the best first novel. An accidental encounter with electronic and avant garde music in the year 2000 at the Lem festival in Barcelona, and an introduction to the cassette culture gave way to his further artistic development)
In the first decade of this century van Alebeek made a thorough research on how to make or manipulate recordings. Thanks to a great number of concerts, sometimes up to an average of ten in a month, he developed an approach of which people say it is ‘ between noise and pure poetry.’
“Rinus Van Alebeek is a peculiar observer of reality and an artist who instinctively transforms lo-fi tape recordings into evocative sound poems, being able to create a “détachement” towards the used media, which is a characteristic of the most original artists.”
Luis Costa, president of Binaural and Associação Cultural de Nodar
Allessandra Eramo aka Ezramo
Ezramo’s research is focused upon the hidden archaic memory in music and upon the writing in its multiple forms. Working with concrète sounds, that are always in relationship with space and territory, means for her exploring her own history and identity intended as part of a collective memory.
Her works include compositions, videos, music for theatre and butoh-dance, live performances and installation in interactive and site-specific forms. Her main instrument is the voice, that she radically extends in its technical possibilities and combines with acoustic instruments like prepared zither, piano, percussion, theremin and with field recordings.
Ezramo presented her works internationally at art galleries, radio, theatres and multidisciplinary spaces like: Festival Bandit’ Mages Bourges / Stimultania Strasbourg / 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Radia.fm Network Ausland Berlin / Fitz Theater Stuttgart / Wizytujaca Gallery Warsaw Italian Culture Institute Stuttgart / Loft Cologne / 21 Grand Oakland, Ca Chapman University Los Angeles / Quiet Cue Berlin / Hörbar Hamburg Ex-Siri Centro per le arti contemporanee Terni / Geiger Copenhagen
Trained since very young in classical singing and piano, Ezramo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Brera in Milan, Italy(B.A. cum laude) and in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2006 she holds a Master Degree in Performance Art at the Faculty of Philosophy of the State University Ca’ Foscari Venice, Italy.
Besides her project-oriented works, since 2005 she is involved in an intense concert activity as soloist and in collaboration with renowned musicians, sound artists and dancers, like: Wendelin Büchler – Domenico Sciajno – Xabier Iriondo Edoardo Marraffa – Rinus van Alebeek – LaDonna Smith – Christian Wolfarth Fred Frith – Gino Robair – Liz Allbee – David Fenech – Luca Venitucci Simone Rueß – Stefano Ferrian – Ulrike Kley – Oliver Prechtl – Anna Barth Jon Raskin – Stevko Busch – Hannes Lingens – Klaus Janek – Axel Haller Torsten Papenheim – Wiracki – Matthias Schneider Hollek – Alexandre Kittel – AMP2 Paul Hubweber – Phillip Greenlief – Shudder Trio – Melissa Melpignano