Michael Pisaro. Hearing Metal 3

Michael Pisaro
Michael Pisaro. Original photograph by Hsing-Hsin Liu

7:30 pm


Tickets: 5 €

CentroCentro organises the sixth edition of VANG. Músicas en vanguardia, curated by Sergio Luque and Victor Barceló.

Michael Pisaro. Hearing Metal 3



Rebeca Tamayo Urdiales
Marta Mínguez
Daniel López Pérez
Iris Guzmán Godia

Juan Ramón Diego Cagigas
Paula Piñero 
Manuel Pérez
Raúl Linares Sánchez

Javier Castaño Mesa
María Prado 
Clara Rivière
Carlos Pisador Cañibano

Rocío Cañas Garrido
Adrián M Abellán 
Gael Joan Guillem Rodríguez
Laura Menéndez López

Director: Victor Barceló 

“In Hearing Metal (3) a group of 16 cymbals is laid out on a 4x4 square. Like trees in a forest, each casts its own shade (i.e., has its own range of amplitude and vibration). The points in the field are initially used to create waves (or grouping patterns in the order and combination in which the cymbals are bowed). A period of turbulence ensues, as gravity sounds interfere with the “smoothness” of the bowed sounds. Gravity wins, and below the cymbals another field starts to appear. I have added a sine tone part that finds a variety of points of contact with the complex harmony of the 16 pieces of metal.” Michael Pisaro-Liu Michael Pisaro-Liu

Michael Pisaro-Liu (born, Michael Pisaro, 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is a guitarist and composer and a long-time member of the Wandelweiser collective. While, like other members of Wandelweiser, Pisaro-Liu is known for pieces of long duration with periods of silence, in the past fifteen years his work has branched out in many directions, including work with field recording, electronics, improvisation and ensembles of very different kinds of instrumental constitution.

Pisaro-Liu has a long-standing collaboration with percussionist Greg Stuart, with over thirty collaborations (pieces and recordings) to date, including their 3-disc set, Continuum Unbound from 2014 and Umbra & Penumbra for amplified percussion and orchestra premiered by the La Jolla Symphony in February, 2020. Pisaro-Liu also has recurring (intermittent) duos with Christian Wolff, Keith Rowe, Taku Sugimoto, Antoine Beuger, Graham Lambkin, Toshiya Tsunoda and Reinier van Houdt. There are several recent compositions for orchestras of various kinds and constitutions – including commissioned work for the BBC Scottish Symphony, INSUB MetaOrchestra and the Grand Orchestre de Muzzix. Much of his current work takes the form of mixed-media assemblages, in collaboration with filmmaker/artist/writer Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Pisaro-Liu.

Recordings of his music have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, elsewhere music, Hubro, Potlatch, another timbre, meena/ftarri, Senufo Editions, Intonema, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave. His work is regularly performed throughout the US, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. Pisaro-Liu is the Director of Composition and Experimental Music the California Institute of the Arts.