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Caterina Barbieri

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78 East Washington Street

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Italian-born, Berlin-based composer Caterina Barbieri premieres new music for Lampo and the Chicago Architecture Biennial—in her local debut and first-ever multi-channel performance.

Here, she plays pattern-based synthesizer music amid the epic, ornately patterned Preston Bradley Hall. Barbieri uses repetition to trigger spatial and temporal hallucinations, where the perception of the present is constantly refreshed, in an endless sense of loss, re-discovery and the search for self-orientation. One can only assume these notions are enhanced by the ample hang time in tonight’s venue.

Caterina Barbieri (b.1990, Bologna, Italy) is an Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object-oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. She is interested in the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of synthesizers to draw complex geometries in space and time. Her 2017 2LP Patterns of Consciousness was named in several “best of” music round-ups. She has performed at MaerzMusik and Berlin Atonal, Mutek, Unsound, Sonar, Primavera Sound, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, CTM, Ableton Loop, Moogfest and La Biennale di Venezia. In 2019 Barbieri released the LP Ecstatic Computation on Editions Mego. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

Presented with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Support provided by the Graham Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

About Lampo [link]

Founded in 1997, Lampo promotes and supports artists working in experimental music and intermedia, by commissioning, producing and presenting special projects and performances. Lampo brings artists from across the U.S. and around the world to Chicago, and offers the public rare opportunities to experience their pioneering work in person. The organization is equally committed to helping Chicago artists undertake projects with potential impact on their careers.

Lampo also organizes educational programs, publishes written and recorded documents related to its series, and collaborates with the local arts community and national partners.

Our core activity has been and remains the Lampo performance series. Rather than making programming decisions around tour schedules, we invite selected artists to create and perform new work for Lampo, and then we help them realize their vision. By design, Lampo produces few projects annually, focusing attention on each one, and making each a distinct experience for the artists and their audience.

The Lampo FW 2019 season runs from October 5 through December 14, including programs from Sarah Davachi, Laura Steenberge, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Caterina Barbieri, Catherine Lamb and Rebecca Lane.

The Lampo series of performances is a project of Lampo, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Current programs are supported in part by the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the John W. and Clara C. Higgins Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. Essential contributions also come from individuals, members and volunteers.

Photo credit: Caterina Barbieri by George Nebieridze.








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