The Portuguese computer music composer Luis Pestana, Swedish techno/club sweetheart Rivet, and classically-trained American contrabassist Gregory Vartian-Foss were paired together, with no previous history of collaborating. The result is Melodori, which premiered live at the Malmöhus Castle during the Intonal Festival 2023.
Rivet is a Malmö native with worldwide recognition in underground electronic music, first as Grovskopa and then as the Editions Mego-released Rivet. Foss is the preeminent contrabassist who trained at Yale and under Boulez, and is now a tenured member of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Pestana works within the aura of experimental electronic music, but proposes a new contextualization of traditional folklore and instruments while exploring a deep need for meaning within sound.
Together, the trio’s intriguing new composition was performed entirely live and draws on Pestana’s mystic minimalist pieces infused with pointillist epic-MIDI-collage, Foss’ world-class bass performance, and Rivet’s post-rave melodicism and production prowess. While each artist has unique talents, they share a love of rave music and culture, and as such, recognize its influence as ever-present, even in a more ‘high-brow’ setting. Hence the title of closing track ‘Non-consensual Loveparade’ – a reference to Germany’s infamous electronic music street party – reminding us that even when you aren’t in the rave, the rave is in you.
Melodori is the fruit of an artist residency orchestrated by SHAPE+/Intonal during spring 2023. SHAPE+ is a new European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art co-financed by the Creative Europe programme. Running for the next three years, SHAPE+ will foster exceptional emerging talent, connecting them to local communities and audiences through collaborative residencies with multiple artistic outcomes, commissioned artworks, as well as one-off presentations and performances. Combining an open call and a curatorial selection, the platform members will select a roster of artists to support each year.
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releases October 20, 2023
Written and composed by: Gregory Vartian-Foss, Luis Pestana, Mika Hallbäck Vuorenpää in 2023
Mixed by: Luis Pestana
Mastered by: Redshape
Photo: Olexander Parkhomenko - 1984, Shkheldinsky Pass in Central Caucasus.
Design: Mika Hallbäck Vuorenpää/Luis Pestana