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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti performs Afrikan Machinery at Music Gallery 3/27

“Brilliant…neatly bridges the classical-modernist-world-music divide.”  - The Scotsman (U.K.)

Fresh off his first ever UK solo performances, composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti continues to wow audiences with his post-minimalist polyrhythmic music in a nationwide Spring 2010 concert tour (see schedule below).  Performing selections from his most recent album, Afrikan Machinery (Tzadik), Ligeti’s live repertoire for electronica percussion, specifically the Marimba Lumina (an innovative mallet instrument invented by legendary synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla), combines his talents as a composer and an improvisor with elements of African music, electronic, jazz and indie pop.

Cited as “one of the world’s top classical composers (Wall Street Journal),” Ligeti brings his unique musical language that contains a multitude of new melodies, textures, polyrhythmic percussion cycles, and snapshots of highly diverse African-tinged soundscapes.  “The music allows for a certain freedom of improvisation and expresses my joy and my sadness,” explains Ligeti. “My imagination not only in sounds but also in shapes and colors; and my longing for places far away, especially for the continent of Africa, to which this music is a loving tribute.”

Ligeti’s Afrikan Machinery has been hailed by audiences and critics alike including a “2008 50 Records of the Year” nod from The Wire magazine.  Following a recent gig at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, The Guardian described his music as “defiantly original…a musical one-off.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Ligeti represents, under a Clark Kent exterior, a new generation of musical Superman – a globally minded, technologically adept, technically sophisticated composer who also happens to be a virtuoso performer and accomplished improvisor.”

About Lukas Ligeti                                                                                                                                                      
Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa. Known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring polyrhythmic/polytempo structures, non-tempered tunings, and non-western elements.  He has also been participating in cultural exchange projects in Africa for the past 15 years. Lukas’ concert music has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Vienna Festwochen, and the Kronos Quartet, to name a few. He frequently performs solo on electronic percussion, and as a drummer co-leads several bands including Burkina Electric, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso in West Africa. Lukas has also performed/recorded with John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Raoul Björkenheim, Marilyn Crispell, Jim O’Rourke, Gary Lucas, John Tchicai, and many others. For everything else, visit

2010 Lukas Ligeti Solo Concert Tour
Sat 3.20– University of Virginia, Bridge PA1, Charlottesville, VA,                  
Wed 3.24– Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY,
Thu 3.25– Axiom Gallery for New and Experimental Media, 141 Green Street, Boston, MA,   
Fri 3.26– Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. St. Laurent, Montreal, Canada,
Sat 3.27– Music Gallery, 197 John Street, Toronto, Canada,                        
Mon 3.29– Metropolis Underground, Syracuse, NY                                                                       
Tues 3.30– Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                    
Wed 3.31– Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 8501 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH,                                                                                                                                      
Thu 4.1 – Skylab, Columbus, OH           
Fri 4.2 – Robinwood Concert House, Toledo, OH
Sat 4.3– Contemporary Space 13, Cincinnati, OH


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