[…about reConvert]

The concept of percussion has been altered significantly by the evolution of the instrument. Our methods are unique and reConvert project is dedicated to changing the face of the percussionist world. We have actively worked with composers such as Georges Aperghis, Simon Steen Andersen, Michael Maierhof, Daniel Ott, Marko Ciciliani, Luciano Azzigotti, and premiered over a dozen works written for training of emerging young composers.

 

 

The reConvert philosophy is based on the re-examination of the aesthetic use of percussion instruments, where musical discourse is analyzed and adapted to our creative needs. At our shows you will find numerous works using unconventional instruments and staging, creating a whole new experience for the listener.

 

 

We have offered concerts in Spain, Germany, Austria, UK, Japan, Cuba, US, Argentina, … As well, we have offered workshops in Buenos Aires, La Havana, Spain, New York or London (Royal College of Music).

Upcoming projects include concerts in Japan or Italy. We are carrying out right now our new project reConvert.NEXO, a platform to work in new percussion pieces and premiere them with the composers working with us in the whole concert. Our very first season in 17/18 in Madrid includes composers as Alberto Bernal, Abel Paúl or Óscar Escudero.

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VICTOR BARCELÓ

Víctor Barceló is a spanish percussionist based in Basel, where he studied with Christian Dierstein, Alfred Zimmerlin and Fred Frith at the Hochschule for Musik. As performer, Victor’s musical interests focus on contemporary music, techno, new media and improvisation. Several appearances in contemporary music festivals, including Lucerne Festival, Wittener Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstädter Ferienkurs, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Percusione Temporanea, Tzill Meudcan, Heidelberger Frühling, IMPULS Festival and concerts in Argentina, Chile, USA, Japan, Cuba, Poland, Italy, Germany, Estonia, Israel, Greece, France, Austria, Hungary and Spain.

These activities have led him to work with composers such as Georges Apperghis, Michael Maierhof, Philppe Manoury ,Marko Ciciliani, Jürg Frey, Simon Steen Andersen, and many young composers.

He´s also member of reConvert Project, the ensembleThis|ensembleThat, and clapTON ensemble in London. Between 2014-2016 was Professor of Percussion at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of the Canary Islands.

 

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ROBERTO MAQUEDA

Born in Spain, Roberto is a percussionist who is particularly interested in post-percussive practice, creating experimental pieces for percussion, and developing a new perception of percussive music. In the last few years, he has studied with Christian Dierstein as well as with the improvisator Fred Frith. Recently, Roberto has also been tutored by Håkon Stene.

One of his most outstanding projects was reConvert, a percussion duo with Víctor Barceló, with whom he shares a philosophy of work. Roberto is also developing a “new-concept” ensemble called Y-Band and a solo project commissioning new pieces for percussion and media installations, expanding the use of percussion.

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