Sergio Merce

Posted on October 8, 2008

Sergio Merce was born in 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is tenor saxophone and self made electronic set player who works in projects that involve the interaction between free improvisation and contemporary music. He studied classic saxophone for 9 years in the official conservatory of Moron “Alberto Ginastera”, improvisation inside jazz style with Sergio Petravich and with Carlos Lastra, paying especial attention to John Coltrane’s techniques and spirit. Sergio works as a music teacher in kindergardens since 1998. In the last years he had developed his work around extended techniques in the saxophone in the same way then developing his electronic music.

His self made electronic set is based on a portastudio, that he plays without tape. Using different kinds of objects (as needles) on the heads of the portastudio he makes sounds that are processed with a very simple effects and equalization set.

In may 2002 he made an European tour with Lucio Capece, playing as a duo and with European musicians in: Brussels (Les Bains Connective), Amsterdam (Overtom 301, ciclo” Kraakgeluiden”), London (Red Rose), Berlin (The Kule, “Labor Sonor”), Sczecin, Poland (“Musica Genera” Festival). In September 2003 he made a tour around Belgium, France and Holland, playing five concerts based on the Cornelius Cardew’ s piece “Treatise”, next to the prestigious English guitar player Keith Rowe and his electro-acoustic ensemble. In october 2006 Sergio participated in the projects “Doundo” and “Promenade” organized by Q-o2 in Aalst and Brussels (Belgium), playing alone and as a duo next to the Japanese musician Toshimaru Nakamura. He also performed in the venue Echorraum in Vienna, Austria.

He has played next to some of the most important musicians of the international vanguard scene: Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Andrea Neumann, Burkhard Beins, Julia Eckhardt, No Spaghetti Edition, Alex Waterman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Bhob Rainey, Wade Matthews, Boris Baltschun, Serge Baghdassarians, Kyle Bruckmann, Jason Kahn, Günter Müller, Lucio Capece, Gabriel Paiuk, Billy Roisz, Norbert Moslang, Alan Curtis, Toshimaru Nakamura, Christof Kurzmann, Silvia Platzer, …


Berlin- Buenos Aires Quintet: Berlin- Buenos Aires Quintet (L’Innomable, 2010)

Günter Müller: Buenos Aires Tapes (Monotype, 2009)

Sergio Merce & Lucio Capece: Casa (Organised Music From Theesaloniki, 2009)

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