Ljubljana, August 2015

Artist talk: Andrea Centazzo

ArtistTalk presents: ANDREA CENTAZZO in conversation with Luka Zagoričnik

In June 2015, Andrea Centazzo visited Slovenia to play an 8-hour long ceremonial concert.

He stopped by MoTA Point to give an Artist Talk.

The legendary Italo-American master of percussion and orchestral gongs Andrea Centazzo, who performed the world premiere of his multimedia project Lost Mandala at the SOULSTICE ceremonial concert at KSEVT in Vitanje in 2015, has built sincretic musical language of percussive Morse Code in order to create musical landscapes that defies the limitations of styles and genres.

During his artistic career that spans over 30 years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1500 concerts and live performances in Europe, Asia and in the United States, as well as appeared and performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts worldwide. He has recorded over 170 LP’s and CD’s, and has authored 350 compositions and 8 musicology books. He has performed and recorded, co-leading, with some of the greatest avant-garde soloists and composer: Don Preston, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Sylvano Bussotti, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Elliott Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne, Tom Cora, Alvin Curran, Henry Kaiser, Teo Jöergesmann, Albert Mangelsdorf, Gianluigi Trovesi, Anthony Coleman, Toshinori Kondo, to name but the few …


Photo by: Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

In his Artist talk, he talks about the start of his musical career, his relationship with electronic music, his first Moog and his discovery of gongs. “Getting older, I have a completely different, cultural approach, to free improvisation. At that time, it was more looking for freedom … […] For us, somehow, it was liberating our energies. For me, coming from a small town in the middle of nowhere, with a very bourgeois kind of life, coming to this wild world, was liberating … and I felt that free improvisation was a state of mind.”

Watch this great percussionist talk about and play his music!