Alessandro Bosetti / Chris Abrahams
Alessandro Bosetti (born in Italy, 1973) is a sound artist, composer and performer. He’s main focus is in the fringe area between spoken language and music. He created a series of highly compelling works where relational aesthetics meet innovative composition. Field researches, interviews and conversations often build the basis for his abstract compositions. Among them are pieces like Il Fiore della Bocca (Rossbin/DLR 2005), a work on the vocality of the mentally and physically impaired and African Feedback, a collaborative scrutiny on experimental music in West Africa (Errant Bodies press, 2004). Since 2001 he has been engaged in many major radio art productions with several public and net radios in Europe and USA, and created a vast body of work of hybrid text-sound and radio compositions. He also received commissions to compose pieces for ensembles as KNM Berlin and Die Maulwerker.
Alessandro Bosetti is an emotional performer that has consistently toured in Europe, Asia and the United States. He’s been presenting solo sets for voice and electronics blurring the line between electro acoustic composition, text-sound pieces, song and performance. Between 2007 and 2009 he created the speaking machine Mask Mirror with the support of STEIM in Amsterdam and Harvestworks digital centre in NYC and performed extensively with it. Since 2009, continuing his quest on the musicality of spoken language he’s been involved in exploring repetitive speech-loop forms as a solo artist and with his ensemble Trophies with drummer Tony Buck and guitarist Kenta Nagai.
Bosetti has published more than ten CD’s under his own name on labels as Errant Bodies Press, Monotype, Rossbin and Sedimental and many others in different collaborations. Two Trophies CD’s are awaited for the summer 2010 and a new radio composition on the overlooked Italian colonial past in Eritrea is currently being produced for DeutschlandRadio Kultur. Blow Up magazine has called Bosetti “One of the most anomalous and fascinating figures in the contemporary scene“, Dusted Magazine “A rewarding, unique and surprisingly responsive encounter.” For The Wire “Bosetti’s work has undjudgemental embrace, complex transvaluations and challenges our liberalism” Bosetti’s most recent CD Zwolfzüngen has been listed as one of The Wire’s best 15 outer limits cd’s of 2010.
Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia.
He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60’s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. The band broke up in 1985 after having released three albums – E, False Laughter and Distance.
In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album – Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.
In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).
Chris released a third solo piano album Glow in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and Thrown in 2004.
Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.