Time: 8pm Wednesday 6/5/2015
Venue: CAMA ATK 73A, Mai Hac De, Hanoi
Luciano Chessa is a performance artist, composer, conductor, pianist, and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist. In this May, he is going to have the first show in Vietnam.
About Luciano, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by The New York Times as one of the best events in the arts of 2009 and is touring internationally. In January and February 2015 the orchestra appeared in critically acclaimed performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Singapore’s ArtScience Museum. In December 2013 he conducted a sold-out concert at RedCat in LA. In March 2011, the Orchestra appeared in a sold-out concert for Berliner Festspiele-Maerzmusik Festival. In 2011 Chessa conducted the project with the New World Symphony as part of NYC’s Biennial of the Performance Arts Performa’s spectacle to celebrate 10 years of Art Basel|Miami Beach. OFNI’s performance featured Lee Ranaldo. A 2LP dedicated to the OFNI has been released on the label Sub Rosa in November 2013 to critical acclaim, and sold out in a matter of months.
Chessa has been commissioned multiple performance projects by both NYC’s Performa and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; presented at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires a series of events to celebrate the Art of Noises Centennial; has been featured in the last edition of the PSI International at Stanford University; and performed with Ellen Fullman at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston. In June 2014 he offered three concerts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as part of a retrospective dedicated to Italian Futurism; his voice reading Marinetti’s 1909 Manifesto and poetry to accompany Jen Sachs’ videos has been experienced by all exhibit visitors, from February to September 2014. Two additional videos by Sachs have been commissioned by the Getty Museum of Los Angeles for the current exhibit on WWI.
Recent record releases include PETROLIO, a monographic CD of chamber works released on March 11, 2015 by Stradivarius, Italy’s leading Classical Music Label. Recent compositions include LIGHTEST, a SFMOMA commission conceived for the SFColumbarium, Squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze!, a large-scale work on Melville’s Moby Dick now becoming a film directed by John Sanborn, and A Heavenly Act, an opera with original video by Kalup Linzy also commissioned by SFMOMA. His work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze. He has been interviewed twice by the British BBC, by the Italian National Television RAI, and he has been featured in the Italian issue of Marie Claire and in the September Issue of Vogue Italia.
Chessa is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult, the first monograph ever to be dedicated to Russolo and his Art of Noise (University of California Press).
Currently he teaches at the SF Conservatory, serves in the Advisory Board of TACET, a research publication dedicated to Experimental Music from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne; is a member of the Steering Committee of the SF Electronic Music Festival. His music is published by Edizioni Carrara and RAI TRADE.
The show also has performance by Vu Nhat Tan, one of the first sound installation musician in Vietnam. He is Vietnamese composer of experimental orchestral/chamber/piano, and electro/computer & multimedia works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
His music has been performed in Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Mongolia, Switzerland, the USA, and Vietnam, including at the Roaring Hoofs Festival in Ulaanbaatar (2000), the Louisiana Festival of Contemporary Music in Baton Rouge (2002), the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth (2003), and the Asian Music Festival in Tokyo (2003). He is also active in electro/computer music & multimedia performances . He created the multimedia performance projects Dem Dai – Sleepless Night (2001), on a grant from the Arts Network Asia in Singapore, Chao HoiAn (2002), on a grant from the British Council in Hanoi, KhaT (2003), Space of Traditional and Contemporary Music in China (2003), on a grant from the Arts Network Asia, and Pito (2004), on a grant from the Ford Foundation. He has performed on numerous occasions as a pianist and sáo tre (bamboo flute)-player in contemporary and improvisational music in Australia, China and Vietnam. Furthermore, he gave improvisational music concerts and workshops in Hue in 2004. He has lectured on composition and musicology at Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi since 1995. He has also guest-lectured on Vietnamese music in Australia and Vietnam.