#121st Century World Music
19:00 – 21:00, Konzertsaal
• Luka Guindo (Bamako / Mali), Concert• Lukas Ligeti (Irvine / USA), Marimba Lumina solo, Concert
Digitalisation and electronic possibilities have altered the global musical landscape dramatically, creating new possibilities and pushing the digging for unheard-of musics to an unprecedented level. What lies at the heart of this search for idiosyncratic, rare or unexpected music, may be a sense of adventure, of a world outside one’s accustomed frame, which suddenly seems open to transformation and change. Digging the Global South kicks off with a concert of two individual propositions based on a synthesis of traditional with modern electronic elements.
The Fasokan LP (Sahel Sounds 2017) by rapper, instrumentalist and sought-after Bamako-producer Luka Guindo aka Luka Productions, is a quirky gem: New age music from West Africa, transforming ancient music into the 21st century. Lush and hypnotic dreamscapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings, and soothing affirmations in these original compositions. Meditative and cosmic, Fasokan guides the listener through ways of living, from the village life into the modern world.
Drawing upon influences including Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, and traditional music from Africa, Lukas Ligeti has developed a unique voice as a composer and improviser. His solo music on Marimba Lumina is astonishing, teasing rhythmic textures from sounds he has gathered from all over the world – sirens in Johannesburg, musicians in Burkina Faso, and weird electronic soundscapes as part percussion, part MIDI-controller, and part instrumental theatre. “…like Battles crossed with Gyorgy Ligeti’s Piano Etudes – but somehow edgier and stranger than both of them” – Guardian