[…about reConvert]

reConvert was born as a natural extension of the percussion repertoire of the last seventy years, to become a seal of identity that rejects generic definitions and bets on a continuous work between different artists in which the questioning of the dogmas of the academy is in the foreground.

 

With difficulties in defining the facet of the percussionist of our time, due to the evolution that the “instrument” has undergone in itself, reConvert raises an aesthetic question without complexes, and that does not feed on the natural limits and definitions of terms. Halfway between percussion and electronics, the new projects that reConvert faces could well be named with different adjectives, without any of them being able to define them completely and fully. For this, reConvert bases its bet on a continuous and

deep work with diverse creators of the panorama of our time such as Kaj Duncan David, Alexander Schubert, Simon Steen-Andersen, Michael Maierhof, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Fernando Manassero or Luciano Azzigotti.

 

reConvert carries out activities in Europe, America and Asia, constantly evolving and questioning the uses and bets of resources, techniques and means that it carries out continuously. The instruments, objects, elements, interfaces… are in themselves tools to reach the artistic aims that reConvert proposes, and they must be at the service of creation.

 

Its continued work includes, in addition to concerts, workshops in various institutions such as the Royal College of London, Universidad Tres de Febrero of Buenos Aires, Columbia University (New York), among others.

 

reConvert was founded in 2013 by Roberto Maqueda & Víctor Barceló. In 2018 Lorenzo Colombo joined the group.

ROBERTO MAQUEDA

Heterodox percussionist (and/or artist) interested in avant-garde art, new forms of communication as well as their implementation in the sound-musical creation of our time. He studied with Christian Dierstein, Fred Frith, Håkon Stene or Steven Schick. At the moment he is carrying out an artistic research project at DKDM (Copenhagen) on co-creative practices. His main projects are reConvert, y-band and Ensemble CONTAINER. In recent times he has been presented at Manifeste Festival, Wien Modern, MaerzMusik; among other festivals. He has been an external professor at the Conservatori Liceu of Barcelona. He is based in Basel (CH).

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LORENZO COLOMBO

Lorenzo Colombo is a percussionist and performer dedicated to researching and promoting new music. He is collaborating with contemporary music groups such as: Divertimento Ensemble, MDI Ensemble, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Sentieri Selvaggi.

 

He has been identified as a promising young performer by the Ulysses. As well he has performed in several festivals, (including the “Manifeste 2016” IRCAM Paris, Warsaw Autumn Festival 2014, Darmstadt Summer Courses 2014, “Biennale Musica 2016” Venice , Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2017,  “Klang Festival 2016”, “Rondó Divertimento Ensemble”, MI.TO, Milano Musica,) playing both soloist and chamber music.

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