Christina Vantzou / Dj Maurice Ravel , Moana
Christina Vantzou is an Amercian composer, graphic designer and video artist who lives and works in Brussels. Her musical work is known from an earlier collaborative project The Dead Texan together with Adam Witzie (Stars of the Lid). Ever since, she created three solo albums of orchestral ambient music for the music label Kranky. Her instrumental electro-acoustic music, influenced by classic and minimalistic traditions, refers to peers such as Jóhan Jóhansson, Ólafur Arnalds of Dustin O’Halloran. Her albums are often supported by dreamy shortfilms. The autodidactic Vantzou has developped her own primitive, but efficient notation- and directing system which allows her to work with any other professional musician.
On the occasion of Dwarsligger on 14 May at noon, Vantzou will be accompagnied by Margaret Hermant (violin/harp), Beatrijs De Klerck (violin), Neil Leiter (altviolin), and Christine Verschorren (sound technique).
DJ Maurice Ravel, Moana appears to be the next alter ego of Lieven Martens (see Dolphins Into The Future). Martens musical compositions – on the hand of analog and digital recording techniques – refering to etnomusicology by means of sound art and contemporary classical music. Ever since his first LP Music From The Guardhouse (2013) he is working on an intertwined practice of art and sound that has lead him to the making of his newest album Idylls, released by Spencer Clark’s label Pacific City Sound Visions.