In the framework of Beijing Design Week on 2014 and the 50’s anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relationship, Orange Hall will open its door to “Crossings” ,a performance based on the generative and interactive music produced live by Chinese artist Meng Qi and French composer Jacopo Baboni Schilingi.
Meng Qi is an electronic musician and a sort of sorcerer’s apprentice who really stands out in the Beijing creative scene, he makes instruments ( from synthesizers to oscillators, drum machines ,auto harps and theremins), he programs softwares, and he is a teacher. He gives frequent lectures at Arts Institutions or private labs such as Beijing Maker Space.
Jacopo Baboni Schilingi comes from a ” classical-musique savante” background and specializes in the interactive process of music writing . He is one of the most representative composers of his generation, both recognized in the classical and multidisciplinary arts fields. Jacopo has orchestrated various cross overs combining sound, architecture and image whilst always stressing on interactivity with the audience.His work with renown french visual artist Arman in the 2000s led him to a series of creations with Miguel Chevalier, Elias Crespin, Sarkis, Alain Fleischer, etc.
This performance will be the occasion to provide a stage for these two artists of different age and approach to create a language of their own during two hours. The generative systems will produce a continuous and immersive soundscape whilst triggering an algorithm for abstract visuals projected on a giant screen inside the Orange hall. Those who wish can play around with the sound and music controllers.
“Crossings” is presented by Beijing Design Week, Institut Francais, EMI (Ensemble de Musique Interactive), Cross Media Culture and Kaiguan Culture.