Mathieu Chamagne & Lê Quan Ninh

Patience and ingenuity; that’s what distinguishes this meeting of two outstanding experimenters. The French-Vietnamese percussionist Lê Quan Ninh has a classical music background; his interests include contemporary compositions, non-idiomatic improvisation as well as dance, video art and visual arts. His playing often employs extended techniques that make the drum sound like a string instrument or a synthesizer, and over decades of practice he has acquired a quite extraordinary feeling combined with precision and imagination. Mathieu Chamagne is originally a pianist who gradually turned to electroacoustic music and sound art, with an emphasis on creating new interactive devices and digital environments. In this duo, he plays his own instrument/installation, Apertures, which resembles window frames and converts hand movements into sound. While sounding together, the two seemingly so different instruments begin to sonically converge and eventually merge.