Thursday 9 March 2023

Kety Fusco - Royal Albert Hall

Kety Fusco

Kety Fusco

Elgar Room
Royal Albert Hall

Kety Fusco Experimental Performance with two Harps, light and Visuals is the new live project by musician and composer Kety Fusco in collaboration with visual artists Gabriele Ottino and Sharon Ritossa. A visual and auditory journey aimed at taking the spectator into an impromptu musical dimension, far from the classical canons of the harp and rich in moving images that suggest contemporary themes. Exploiting the materials of which a classical harp is made (wood, metal and gut), Kety Fusco produces sounds and settings that suggest its deconstruction, just as the visual artists have produced images that enhance the raw material of the instrument.

Kety Fusco website

Over the years, Kety has done a lot of research to extend the technical-expressive possibilities of the harp (both classical and electric) mainly through the implementation of electronic technologies (but also with the use of physical and analogue materials - the 'prepared harp' in a contemporary sense). And all of the solutions she has gradually found have become an integral part of the music she has created, for record release, concert or soundtracks for film, dance, theatre and installation.

THE HARP is a contemporary exploration of the harp as an instrument, in all its forms, both sonorous and structural. Chapter I is the first part Kety presented on CD and Vinyl: it chronicles the sound of the harp from the contemporary tradition, to the digital evolution, to her main goal of giving the harp a voice through a melody that commands the composition, up to the total deconstruction of the harp with noise sounds and wild rhythms.

“The Harp, Chapter I is an experience. Imagine seeing the harp in reverse and that the opposite is the right direction of the instrument. Imagine, as a non-harpist, rubbing your finger on the harp strings and knowing that that sound has a real meaning. It is not the case. I would like The Harp to open the boundaries of the mind and open new creative solutions to harpists and non-harpists. I'm designing a new harp instrument, it will always be it, but contemporary and everyone will have the opportunity to approach it.” Kety Fusco.

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