Friday 27 april 10.30 pm   Palazzo Re Enzo
Blues Control/Laraaji (USA)
italian première

Both Blues Control and Laraaji are explorers of the music of the present. They deal with the Now in a thousand subtle ways, letting all components of the sound outside of any prescription freely coexist. When Blues Control and Laraaji met at Black Dirt Studio in upstate New York in 2010, they officially undertook this eccentric collaboration, presented at Live Arts Week for the first time in Italy. The elective affinities of an intergenerational project, they express themselves on the breath of a strange cosmic force and a pure pleasure in playing with originality that calls into question the whole movement of the return to the new age of the last few years.

Laraaji (or LaraaJi Venus Nadabrahmananda/LVN) after having studied composition at Howard University and having played many different instruments, he arrived at the electric harp in the '70s. His album Celestial Vibration (recorded in 1979 as Edward Larry Gordon and reissued by Soul Jazz) offers an entirely new path to the stringed instrument, applying it to environmental and rhythmic research. The album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, produced by Brian Eno in 1980, is a true pillar of the genre. Over the years Laraaji has acquired an extremely eclectic position that has led him to play in the streets, or create audio tracks for film, television and advertising, and finally to devote himself to oriental philosophy, performing in the most unorthodox places, less tied to the appreciation of musical phenomena as such.

Blues Control is Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, duos for keyboard, tape and guitar, formed in New York in 2003 under the name of Watersports. Starting from ambient new-age, they evolved into Blues Control, more oriented toward avant-garde music and rock. They have worked in the contemporary art sphere, created the sound for experimental films and created a mixture of psychedelic, noise, kraut and electronic imagery.