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Lukas Ligeti & Atlantic Drone Trio – March 29th

Posted in Events on February 13, 2010 by metropolisunderground

Lukas Ligeti - Photo by Kava Gorna

Atlantic Drone

Lukas Ligeti – Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa.  Known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring polyrhythmic/polytempo structures, non-tempered tunings, and non-western elements. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and travel. He has also been participating in cultural exchange projects in Africa for the past 15 years.

Born in Vienna, Austria into a Hungarian-Jewish family from which several important artists have come including his father, composer György Ligeti, Lukas started his musical adventures after finishing high school.  He studied composition and percussion at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and then moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University before settling in New York City in 1998.

His commissions include Bang on a Can, the Vienna Festwochen, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, the American Composers Forum, New York University, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company, Radio France, and more; he also regularly collaborates with choreographer Karole Armitage.

As a drummer, he co-leads several bands and has performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Raoul Björkenheim, Gary Lucas, Michael Manring, Marilyn Crispell, Benoit Delbecq, Jim O’Rourke, Daniel Carter, John Tchicai, Eugene Chadbourne, and many others.  He performs frequently on electronic percussion often using the marimba lumina, a rare instrument invented by California engineer Don Buchla.

His first trip to Africa, a commission in 1994 by the Goethe Institute to work with musicians in Côte d’Ivoire, embarked him on an exploration of cross-cultural collaboration that continues to this day.  In Abidjan he co-founded the experimental, intercultural group Beta Foly which lead to the release of his first CD Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly in 1997.  He has worked with Batonka musicians in Zimbabwe; collaborated with Nubian musicians in Egypt which culminated in a concert at the Cairo Opera; and composed a piece for musicians for various Caribbean cultures which premiered in Miami Beach.

In 2005, Lukas was featured at the Unyazi festival in Johannesburg, the first electronic experimental music festival in Africa, and in 2006, he was composer-in-residence at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Lukas also traveled to Uganda in 2007 to collaborate with the music/dance/theater group, the Ndere Troupe.  In 2008, he taught composition at the University of Ghana at Legon (Accra). Lukas’ band Burkina Electric, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, combines African traditions with electronic dance music and has been touring internationally.

Lukas recently toured in the UK, performing at Oxford’s Holywell Music Room, Arnolfini in Bristol, the London Jazz Festival at the Purcell Room/Southbank Centre, and at the Dialogues Festival in Edinburgh, among other venues. Other recent highlights include a nationwide U.S. tour of Lukas’ electronic percussion solo CD Afrikan Machinery (Tzadik Records) and performances at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the Electric Eclectics Festival (in Meaford, ON), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and the Whitney Museum’s Composer Portrait Series.  He also completed a month-long curatorial project at The Stone in NYC and an American Composers Orchestra commission and world premiere of “Labyrinth of Clouds” at Carnegie Hall with Lukas on solo marimba lumina.

Atlantic Drone’s music holds all of the sensations associated with true psychedelia: the meditative hypnotics of prog forefathers Can, the reckless propulsion of free jazz, the kinetic energy of early King Crimson, the soaring intensity of Soft Machine, the swirling throbs of early Butthole Surfers, the natural beauty of Brian Eno’s ambiance and the schizophrenic scuttle of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Far from creating a nostalgic tribute to a previous age, ATLANTIC DRONE is a redefinition of the sonic trip, creating a sound that is both exhilarating and Zen-ful; serving up an atom to the melting molecular soup of Post Psychedelic Hypno Mantras that point more to the future than to the past. Featuring Steven Cerio, John Bateman & Mike ((P))

Lukas Ligeti & Atlantic Drone Trio

March 29th @ 8pm

$5-$10 Donation