Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch © soukizy.com – Ballaké Sissoko © Benoit Peverelli
Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch – Ballaké Sissoko
March 15 2023, 7.30pm
Running time 60’
A unique musical project whose core reveals a certain “poetics of relationship”. The encounter between western electronic soundscapes and an instrument as ancient as the kora (lute harp native to West Africa) gives rise to a musical experience of exploration and immersion. The acclaimed composer and sound artist Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch meets the virtuosity of Ballaké Sissoko, one of the most prominent artists on the ethnic and jazz scene. The concert fosters an exchange between electronic and acoustic sounds, between contemporary and traditional approaches, between Europe and Africa. In this encounter the focus is not on opposition, but on evolution and relationship, in which musicians and audience find themselves sharing the same acoustic space, immersed in the same soundscape.
Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch (Milan, 1973) is a composer and sound artist. His interests in music range from pure electronics to compositions for theater and dance to soundtracks and interactive installations. Electroacoustic composition is at the heart of his projects. In his solo performances – as well as in improvisations and collaborations with other artists – his interest is always focused on the idea of establishing new connections between the three central elements of his vision of art: sound, gesture and space. He has received commissions and artistic residencies from institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, the Venice Biennale and the Ballet national de Marseille. He has performed all over the world, from Japan to the United States. A graduate in architecture and composition, he currently lives and works in Paris. He is an associate artist at Ircam – Centre Pompidou. Ballaké Sissoko (Malin, 1968) is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, a great kora master from the Gambia and co-founder and director of the Ensemble instrumental national du Mali. After training in the family, he joined the Ensemble at the age of 13, perfecting his skills with his father's teachers and colleagues. After a stint alongside Kandia Kouyaté – among Mali's most iconic singer-guitarists – Ballaké Sissoko (thanks to his innovative way of playing the kora) quickly became the most in-demand instrumentalist of his generation, achieving international success with the album Deli (2000), which marked the beginning of his solo career.
With the support of Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati – Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea
kora: Ballaké Sissoko electronics, artistic direction: Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch lighting design: Gilles Gentner sound and lighting director: Jean-François Domingues production: Fondation Royaumont co-production: CIMN – Détours de Babel, gmem-CNCM-marseille, Fondation Camargo with the support of: Sacem, ADP Group, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, Maison de la musique contemporaine first performance: April 7, 2022, MC2 Grenoble tour commissioned by: Fondation Royaumont – CIMN Détours de Babel