Photo by Lillian Helen Graham
Andrea Pensado is an Argentinean performer, composer and teacher. She has been working with digital media and performing using live interactive musical systems since 1995. After studying composition (in Argentina and Poland), she gradually turned into different sound realms. The abrasive digital noise of these days is far away from her earlier acoustic pieces. Harsh dense layers of sounds, often interwoven with her voice, combine hybrid synthesis and sampling techniques to create a highly personal sound language, which reflects an intuitive, emotional and paradoxically also logical approach to music making.
Adriana de los Santos will perform using toba violins with electronics (the tobas are an ethnic group from the north of Argentina). She will also use home made motors especially built to process acoustic instruments, mostly the piano, and a table with different types of home objects. She says: "The reality of our countries makes it very difficult to work with new technologies. This fact has a direct influence in my aesthetic choices both working alone or in groups. The idea is to produce music which represents our socioeconomic reality and its impact in our culture. This is just one more way of the activism I am involved with not only in music but in all movements which defend the rights of musicians and artists in Argentina and the rest of Latin America."