Renzo Spiteri Live UK/Malta 2015


photo: Emma Tranter

Based on innovative sound art, intricate narrative and an array of emotions, Quintessence is an immersive experience at the forefront of artistic experiments in digital age storytelling technique. This solo performance by Renzo Spiteri engages a strong element of improvisation and a sculptural array of acoustic instruments, found large-scale objects and live electronic manipulation, and is designed to challenge the audience to reconsider what sound can mean and how the boundaries of performer and spectator, organic and inorganic, sound and instrument are rendered fluid and all encompassing.

Quintessence was premiered in February 2015 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK) in partnership with Future Everything Festival 2015 (presented as Sounds Unlimited). It traces its roots to a collaboration between Renzo and the Royal Conservatoire of Music of The Hague (The Netherlands) in September 2012 (by invitation of the city of The Hague) and features vocal phrases by former Conservatoire students Leah Uijterlinde and Egle Petrošiūtė.

Renzo Spiteri is “an artiste who constantly surprises” and whose music “touches the soul directly”. An internationally respected sound artist, composer and musician, Renzo is renowned for his artistic versatility, creative use of sound and unlimited modes of expression. He shares his work base between the UK and Malta, although his own projects as well as collaborations with artistes in all genres of artistic expression take him to different countries around the world. Renzo is an endorsed artiste for Yamaha Drums & Hardware, Paiste Cymbals & Gongs, Schlagwerk Percussion and Toca Percussion.

“An immersive experience with truly hypnotic soundscapes that evoke myriad contrasting emotions during the space of less than an hour.”

From ‘A Tapestry of Sound and Emotions’ by Ramona Depares, Arts and Culture Editor, Sunday Times of Malta, April 2015

This performance is supported by the Cultural Export Fund, Arts Council Malta.