This highly-anticipated live collaboration between German sound artist Carsten Nicolai [alva noto] and award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto created a new synergy between acoustic piano and electronic music. The subtle digital processing and an on-stage video installation by Nicolai manipulated Sakamoto's elegant piano phrasing, creating vivid dialogues between melody, rhythm and texture. insen demonstrated these artists' aspirations to explore the idea of electronic music as an inspiration for new musical structures.
Released in March 2005 on the raster-noton label, the album insen received critical acclaim. The live production of the collaborative project that followed featured the introduction of a specially commissioned new digital instrument used by Nicolai. An on-stage video installation by the artist created a distinctive stage set featuring dynamic, real-time visualisation of the sound as graphics.
insen was presented in major venues across Europe, with a world premiere at the Opera House in Chemnitz, Nicolai's home town.
08 Oct 05 | Opernhaus, Chemnitz, DE [world premiere]
10 Oct 05 | Barbican, London, UK
13 Oct 05 | La Cigale, Paris, FR
15 Oct 05 | Volksbühne, Berlin, DE
19 Oct 05 | Cinema Teatro, Chiasso, CH
22 Oct 05 | Romaeuropa Festival 2005 | Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, IT
24 Oct 05 | Teatro Manzoni, Milan, IT
28 Oct 05 | Palazzina Ex-Gil, Bari, IT
30 Oct 05 | Teatro Communale di Modena, IT
31 Oct 05 | Teatro Nuovo, ‘Giovanni da Udine’, IT
Produced by Forma
Co-produced by Romaeuropa Festival / Santa Cecilia It's Wonderful
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