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Frédéric Acquaviva
 
Frédéric Acquaviva, born in 1967, has been since 1990 a sound artist and experimental music composer, creating chronopolyphonic installations and CDs and playing in art galleries, in museums or in underground venues.
Staying away from traditional networks of musicians and composers, he meets and works with historical figures in art, poetry or video, sometimes a long time before their being discovered by the media. He has collaborated this way with Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaître, Marcel Hanoun, Pierre Guyotat, Jean-Luc Parant, mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, film maker F.J. Ossang and choreographer Maria Faustino, among others.
His astonishing music, in which he chooses an experimental presentation using, is constantly exploring, always in new ways, the relationship between voice and language, sound and its meaning, even the idea of physical body sounds integrated into the musical composition, kept away from the concert hall's diffusions (acousmatic or sound installations). As the critic Eric Vautrin remarked in Mouvement magazine, his work is not a “sound work but a work about sound”.
Acquaviva has become not only one of the essential protagonists of the rediscovery of historical avant-garde, more precisely of Lettrism (Isidore Isou, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Gil J Wolman, Jean-Louis Brau, Jacques Spacagna, François Dufrêne, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Broutin), but of Sound Poetry (Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck), and has worked with some unique and outstanding historical figures (Pierre Albert-Birot, Otto Muehl). He has done this through his knowledge of and interest in different disciplines: editing books, curating art exhibitions, being an events creator, lecturing, establishing catalogue raisonnés and bibliographic databases, creating radiophonic works, being an art critic, a filmmaker, and a publisher, with Editions Derrière la Salle de Bains or for his own editions: AcquAvivA, and the magazine CRU.
 
(external link: www.frederic-acquaviva.net)
 

 
2019
French edition
Editions du Griffon
forthcoming
Reference monograph.

2018
French edition
The second issue of the magazine FREEING (Our Bodies) is dedicated to the musical work of Frédéric Acquaviva: some forty prestigious contributors (Jean-François Bory, Broutin, Laurent Cauwet, Henri Chopin, Jacques Donguy, Michel Giroud, Bernard Heidsieck, Joël Hubaut, Dorothy Iannone, Otto Muehl, Virgile Novarina, ORLAN, Jean-Luc Parant…) examine and pay tribute to this original creator through poetic texts, portraits, drawings, photographs, interviews, chronicles…

2018
AcquAvivA
Concerto for town and voice created from recordings collected the same day in London and Paris, and illuminated by the voice of mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg.

2018
English edition
Al Dante
120 true and oxymoronesque scores-instructions composed by Frédéric Acquaviva between 2015 and 2017 in Berlin.

2018
English edition
Al Dante
120 true and oxymoronesque scores-instructions composed by Frédéric Acquaviva between 2015 and 2017 in Berlin. Luxury limited edition, signed, including an original artwork and the sound artwork “Oxymoron Music” on CD.

2018
AcquAvivA
A piece for mezzo, mouths, skins and Buchla, recorded with mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg (vinyl sleeve with a CD inside).

2018
AcquAvivA
DVD gathering the video recordings of two musical performances by Frédéric Acquaviva, in French and English, made at EMS in Stockholm and La Plaque tournante in Berlin.

2017
AcquAvivA
Double QR-Code LP (an empty sleeve with no discs), edition of 100 copies. The recording to listen online is a 5-hour composition for computer voice, first presented in Paris on March 25, 2000: a deepening of the idea of a dematerialized disc.

2016
AcquAvivA
First QR-Code EP, edition of 100 copies, recorded at EMS, Stockholm, December 2015, with the voices of Frédéric Acquaviva and Loré Lixenberg.

2015
AcquAvivA
A piece for voice(s) an dead electronics with Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano).

2012
AcquAvivA
A piece for mezzo-soprano, voices, instrumental ensemble, electronics and videos (with a DVD, with no sound, to synchronise, or not, with the CD).


AcquAvivA
For his first ever conceptual piece from 1990, Frédéric Acquaviva collaborated with Australian pianist Mark Knoop on the recording of all harmonic frequencies using only the damper pedal of a piano.