Lucio Capece

Posted on December 7, 2008

Lucio Capece is a musician born in Argentina that lives in Berlin. He plays bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and a mixer in feedback controlled by an inside amplified saxophone.He considers that in his person this work obtains its stronger experiences in real time composed music, mainly called improvised. Where the composer deals with the performing time at the performance itself , allowing the instruments to play together with the performer, suggesting and modifying the creative situation.
Lucio Capece does not feel himself identified with an specific school. He plays mainly in improvised music projects that go from extreme reductionism to noise, not considering the amount of sound or silence as a main thing but the time experience and the perception experience as main subjects. He finds in this sense a strong inspiration in some cinema directors and visual artists. In terms of instrumental playing he prepares his instruments with plastic bottles, ping pong balls, water, different kind of paper, particular analog electronic setups , etc, using also personal extended techniques. His playing is strongly affected by everyday electronic and mechanical sounds. Capece ‘s electronic set consists in a mixer in feedback modified by an inside amplified saxophone. The mixer is settled in feedback connecting inputs to outputs .This feedback is modified by another feedback produced by two small microphones introduced into the bell of the saxophone.The microphones feedback is modified changing the fingering in the saxophone ,but not blowing, modifying parameters in the mixer, and by the sound waves in the space going inside the instruments through all it’s openings. And so on.
His studies started as a classical guitar player getting his certificate at the public Conservatory in Argentina (10 years studies). As a saxophone and bass clarinet player he studied in Argentina mainly the John Coltrane’ s approach to jazz and classical techniques.Then he continued studying in France for 9 months with Louis Sclavis in 1997, and in New York and Chicago, in 2000, meeting several musicians related with Anthony Braxton and Julius Hemphill approach, like Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, Tim Berne, Jim Black, or composition related to improvisation with Gene Coleman. Since 2000 he plays mainly improvised music and composed music related to improvisation with the Q-O2 Ensemble directed by Julia Eckhardt, from Belgium ( Projects with Phill Niblock,Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, Keith Rowe, Stevie Wishart, etc).

As an improviser he shares projects with Axel Dörner, Toshimaru Nakamura, Mattin, Franz Hautzinger, Annette Krebs, Sergio Merce, Domenico Sciajno, Julia Eckhardt, Rhodri Davies, Robin Hayward, Christian Kesten, Burkhard Beins.
He played in specific projects with Keith Rowe, Andrea Neumann, Sean Meehan, Gabriel Paiuk,etc and ad hoc improvised music concerts with Sophie Agnel, Giuseppe Ielasi, Gert Jan Prins, Kenta Nagai etc …
He played and regularly tours in venues and festivals dedicated to improvised an new music in Europe and in Argentina: Happy New Ears, Ars Musica (Belgium), No Spaghetti (Norway- Argentina), Experimenta (Argentina), Instants Chavires (Paris) House Musik Festival, Ausland (Berlin), Musee d Art Moderne et Contemporaine (Strasbourg), Raum (Bologna), Red Rose (London), Musica Genera (Sczeczin), Tonic and Knitting Factory (New York), Cave 12 (Geneve), St Paul University, Hot House (Chicago), Instal (Glasgow) and others.

Current Projects: Sound Like Water (w Burkhard Beins, Rhodri Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura); NMM (No More Music At The Service Of Capital) duo w Mattin; duo w Radu Malfatti; trio w Kevin Drumm & Radu Malfatti; Amber (w Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Robin Hayward); trio w Axel Dörner & Robin Hayward, duo w Axel Dörner; trio w Franz Hautzinger & Domenico Sciajno; duos w Yiannis Kyriakides & Sergio Merce & Mika Vainio; trio with Annette Krebs and Christian Kesten, duo w Toshimaru Nakamura and large ensemble w Mattin, Antoine Chessex,Claudio Rocchetti, Thomas Ankersmith, Gilles Aubry, Vladislav Delay Quartet, …


Lucio Capece & Radu Malfatti: Explorational (B-Boim, 2011)

Vladislay Delay Quartet: s/t (Honest Jon’s, 2011)

Lucio Capece & Birgit Uhler: Choices  (Another Timbre, 2011)

Berlin- Buenos Aires Quintet: s/t  (L’Innomable, 2010)

Lucio Capece & Radu Malfatti: Berlinerstrasse 20 (B-Boim, 2010)

Lucio Capece & Lee Patterson: Empty Matter (Another Timbre, 2010)

Vladislav Delay: Tuuma (Leaf,2009)

SLW: Fifteen Point Nine Grams (Organised Music From Thessaloniki, 2009)

Lucio Capece & Mika Vainio:  Trahnie (Edition Mego, 2009)

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

Lucio Capece, Radu Malfatti, Taku Sugimoto, Christian Kesten, Toshimaru Nakamura, Julia Eckhardt:  Wedding Ceremony (Cathnor, 2009)

Various Artists: Improvised Music From Japan- Special Issue; Berlin  (IMJ, 2009) book + 2 x  cd

SLW: s/t (Formed Records, 2008)

Lucio Capece & Toshimaru Nakamura: IJ (Formed Records, 2007)

Lucio Capece: DD (Absurd, 2007) dvd

Lucio Capece & Axel Dörner: s/t (L’Innomable, 2007)

Lucio Capece, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward: kammerlärm (Azul Discografica, 2007)

NMM: Universal Prostitution (8mm, Ideal Recordings, Absurd, 2006)

Lene Grenager, Harald Fetveit, Lasse Marhaug. Lucio Capece & Mattin: st  (The Seedy R, 2006)

NMM (No More Music ): No More Music- at the Service of Capital (No Seso Records, 2006)

Lucio Capece: Space- Time Modulator (No Seso Records, 2006)

Lucio Capece & Yannis Kyriakides: Live In Brussels (AudioTong, 2005)

Lucio Capece & annis Kyriakides: Junction (AudioTong, 2005)

Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Robin Hayward, Lucio Capece: Amber (Creative Sources, 2005)

Phill Niblock: Disseminate (Mode, 2004)

Various Artists: Kraakgeluiden, Document 1 (Unsounds, 2004)

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