LISTEN! A Brussels Future Music Festival 30, 31 March & 1 April 2017
In March 2017, the second edition of LISTEN! sees the light of day.
A unique Festival in Brussels, the heart of Europe, with a line-up that focuses on electronic music in its broadest variations.
Listen! and Flagey present: Listen! 2017 Opening Concert
‘Francesco Tristano — piano 2.0 & Live Set’
In the legendary Studio 4
Concert piano 2.0: 20h15
Electronic Live Set: 22h
Francesco Tristano’s recordings, also embrace a broad spectrum; for Deutsche Grammophon he developed programs based on Cage and Bach (“Bach/Cage”, 2011), Buxtehude and Bach (“Long Walk”, 2012), Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky in “Scandale” (2014). Then also, for Infiné, an international benchmark for elaborate and detailed techno, he has developed his own compositions where the main ingredients are rhythmic experimentation, abstract texture and a unique sensation of freedom. Although it can seem as a contradictory method, almost bipolar, in reality, there is a very direct –tenuous- line that connects Bach with techno music; the dance rhythms, harmony and order you may find in Bach are very much alive in pop music. There is a familiar energy, and a rigid and intense tempo that leads to a concise resolution.
Techno music entered his life while pursuing his degree at the Juilliard School of New York. He led The New Bach Players during their Bach concerts, and at night, the city’s clubs would introduce him to house and techno music. In “Not for piano” (2007), his first solo album, he presented his own compositions as well as piano versions of Detroit anthems such as, “The Bells” (Jeff Mills) or “Strings of Life” (Derrick May). A year later, with “Auricle Bio On” (2008), he decided to introduce piano and utilize it simultaneously as a sampler and synthesizer. In fact, with the release of “Idiosynkrasia” (2010) Francesco accomplished the synthesis of both languages; digital virtuosity and rare electronic textures, which he would claim as ‘Piano 2.0’.
Alongside with his career in electronic music, he has simultaneously continued to build a great career as a classic pianist with a repertoire half way between baroque (mainly Bach but also Buxtehude) and modern twentieth century music, organizing his programs as if they were “playlists”, which is how he likes to define them. Francesco Tristano is growing, driven by his genuine open-minded attitude and his increasing knowledge of techno. After finalizing Aufgang –two pianos and electronic percussion with a dose of deep house–, his next endeavours will lead him back to his techno version, laying the foundations of a vast and untamed aesthetic.
Music is music and whether it is baroque or modern, dance or ambient, it attempts to connect with mind and body; euphoric and sublime
How to get there?
Address: Place Sainte-Croix — Helig Kruisplein, 1050 Brussels
Bus/Tram stop Flagey: Lines 59 — 71 — 38 — 60 — 81
Lines — Night: All Night Lines start from the Central Station (Every 30min till 3AM)
More info: stib-mivb.be
Address: Place Eugène Flagey, 1050 Brussels
There is taxi stop next to the venue.
Address: Place Eugène Flagey 31 Brussels.
There are taxi’s available 24h day.
Villo next to the venue.
Villo at Place flagey.
Villo at Chaussée d'Ixelles 254-260
More info: villo.be/
With the kind support of
Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Flagey, AB, Beursschouwburg,
Be.Brussels, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Cocof, VGC, Ixelles/Elsene, Ville de Bruxelles, ING, Red Bull Elektropedia, Bulldog, Vedett, Fever Tree, Coca-Cola, Hôtel Bloom, Mutualités Socialistes, VH & Co, STIB, Pure, La Première, Viva Bruxelles, Knack Focus Vif, De Morgen, Immoweb, Out.be, 22Tracks, Bruzz, Studio Brussel, Court-Circuit, Poppunt, WBM, FTRSND, CREATIS, Turnlab, Face To Face, Full Tunes, Office 9, Soundsystem.be