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Mar 11, 2016

Borealis Festival – Bergen Kunsthall – Bergen – 11/03/16

Borealis Festival
Friday, March 11, 2016
11:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
No. 5 Bergen Kunsthall, Rasmus Meyers allé 5
Bergen, Norway 5015
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Rodrigo Constanzo is all about playing some pieces for you.
He wants to play you some loud pieces, with flashing lights.
As well as some quieter pieces, that are charged with a simple stillness.

Rodrigo plans on using the following: a drum (maybe even a drumset), some tuning forks, an old computer hard drive, a variety of metal objects and sticks, and some digitally controlled lights.
At some point in the middle you may find him singing quietly to himself. He is alone on stage, so no one will hear him.

It is unlikely that that he will travel through time tomorrow(/yesterday?), but do not worry. It is(/was) all worth it.
Jan 26, 2016

Tech talk – MadLab – Manchester – 26/01/16

Tech talk
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
7:00pm - All Ages
36-40 Edge Street
Manchester, England M4 1HN
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Giving an artist talk about my use of technology at the Northern Assembly of Creative Technologists.
Jan 16, 2016

Concurrent conference (dfscore) – Alison House – Edinburgh – 16/01/16

Concurrent conference (dfscore)
Saturday, January 16, 2016
8:00pm - All Ages
Alison House (map)
12 Nicolson Square
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9DF
Dec 13, 2015


Here are a couple of performance videos using an approach I’ve just recently started calling Light Vomit.

What you see in the video is a combination of automated processing (via The Party Van/Cut Glove) with a variety of DMX light interactions and behaviors. Everything is controlled from a Max patch I made specifically for the gig (and specifically to test these behaviors), most of which use audio analysis to dynamically record/play/process incoming audio and trigger a variety of light behaviors. (Click here to view my moment to moment analysis of the performance using my Making Decisions in Time improv analysis framework.)

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Dec 9, 2015

Solo drums+electronics – Coffee Kabin – Huddersfield – 09/12/15

Solo drums+electronics
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages
37-39 Queensgate
Huddersfield, England HD1 2RD
Nov 10, 2015

dfscore 2.0

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dfscore 2.0 is here! dfscore 2.0 is a much improved and completely rewritten version of dfscore that I started working on a couple of years ago. The dfscore system is a realtime dynamic score system built to display a variety of musical material over a local computer network. The primary motivation for building the system was to allow for a middle ground between composition and improvisation.

But before I get into all of that, here is a video showing the latest version along with its premiere at the Manchester Jazz Festival:

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Sep 18, 2015

Trio with David Birchall and THF Drenching – Cutting Room – Manchester – 18/09/15

Trio with David Birchall and THF Drenching
Friday, September 18, 2015
7:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Blossom Street
Manchester, England M4 5AF
Aug 2, 2015

dfscore – Manchester Jazz Festival Pavillion – Manchester – 02/08/15

Sunday, August 2, 2015
5:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Albert Square
Manchester, England M2 7DH
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Rodrigo Constanzo percussion, electronics / Richard Craig flute, electronics / Sam Andreae tenor saxophone, electronics / Alex Harker, Anton Hunter guitars, electronics / Pierre Alexandre Tremblay bass, electronics / Richard Knight electronics

Composer and drummer Constanzo has conceived a ground-breaking creative tool for communicating commands to musicians through digital devices. Using graphic, visual or written cues, new music is created instantaneously by improvisers, simply following the instructions appearing on screen in front of them as they play. Leading improvisers will perform music created using the system, including the world première of a work commissioned especially for mjf 2015 in collaboration with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Jul 9, 2015

The Noise Upstairs – Fuel Cafe – Manchester – 09/07/15

The Noise Upstairs
Thursday, July 9, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages
448 Wilmslow Road
Manchester, England M20 3BW
May 1, 2015

sonADA Festival – Seventeen – Aberdeen – 01/05/15

sonADA Festival
Friday, May 1, 2015
9:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Seventeen (map)
17 Belmont Street
Aberdeen, England AB10 1JR
Feb 8, 2015

Everything. Everything at once. Once. (3)

Tag cloud datafile Here is the 3rd iteration of my ongoing series of pieces ‘Every. Everything at once. Once’.

Before I gib gab about it, here is “Everything Everything at once. Once. (3a)”:

The idea for these pieces is to focus my creative process and energy on the curatorial act of choosing the instruments I will improvise with. This has now extended into the choosing of the location, look, and visual approach used in each video. Each video in the series has had its own distinctive look, and has also come to include new collaborators alongside my long-time collaborator Angela Guyton.

Going into this third video, I knew I could try something different, because of the acoustic (and battery powered) nature of the instruments chosen. A melodica (which I bought over 15 years ago at a flea market for $5!), and my trusty ciat-lonbarde Old Mr. Grassi. I first thought about using some kind of outdoor location, but after seeing David Pocknee and Michael Baldwin‘s basement, I thought that it would be a wonderful place to film.


The original idea was to use some dripping paint, with David and Michael each having a squirt bottle, and then adding some vertical glitching artifacts similar to the language Angela had explored in her latest video. But after doing a take with the paint, and seeing how amazing the lighting by David and Michael was, the paint/glitch idea was scrapped altogether. Angie thought that with David and Michael enacting two tasks, what their role meant within the work changed. It created a different context and gave the work a different character, but one that didn’t seem as complete as when they were focused completely on their dispassionate navigation of the space as they sensitively manipulated the lighting.

I was initially hesitant about this change, since I was quite excited about the paint/glitch idea, but I trusted Angie’s judgement on the matter. And in the end, the videos came out better.

The choice of instruments for this particular version of the piece is far smaller than the other versions, with just two instruments:

1 x ciat-lonbarde Old Mr. Grassi
1 x Artist Ltd. Pianica

The first version had 10 instruments, and the second version had 18.

That being said, this particular combination of instruments is one of my longest standing ‘pairings’, going to back to when I initially started performing solo improv. In that sense, it served as an almost proto version of this creative thinking. Some of the language in the third video (3c), particularly the near-unison sustained pitches, diatonic-y material (Gminor?!?!), is something I strongly associate with this particular combination of instruments.

Even though the combination of instruments is quite old for me, I wanted to incorporate that specific pairing into this compositional framework, where the choice of instruments defines the piece.

I am still, however, surprised at the endless source of inspiration these instruments provide. It almost feels like cheating, at this point, given how interesting the instruments sound, but I felt I found lots of new and fresh angles on them. My work on the Battle Pieces, .com pieces, and dfscore system has given me such a fluid understanding of form, gesture, and pacing, that I can really focus on multiple formal levels while attending to the micro/developmental nature of the sounding materials themselves.

The visual identity of these pieces is becoming something that is increasingly important, which in this case specifically involved dynamic manipulation of light. This tendency has been apparent in all of my work over the last few years, but each one of these videos, particularly, has a very considered visual identity and approach. I am curious to see where this will go, and if the general idea of these pieces (to draw a metaphoric circle around the part of the creative act I want to focus on) will explicitly be extended to the entire ‘art object’.

When asked, after filming the videos, to describe what we thought was important using only three words (Michael had asked David this question before), Angela and I shared two of the three words: creativity and love. We disagreed on sharing vs freedom for the third word, but what can you do. I am comforted by the fact that I’m right and she’s wrong.

Jan 30, 2015

Distractfold Ensemble – Usine Kugler – Geneva – 30/01/15

Distractfold Ensemble
Friday, January 30, 2015
8:30pm - All Ages
av. of Junction 19
Trout Street 4 + 4a
Geneva, Switzerland 1205
Jan 29, 2015

Distractfold Ensemble – Gare du Nord – Basel – 29/01/15

Distractfold Ensemble
Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages
Schwarzwaldallee 200
Basel, Switzerland 4058
Jan 25, 2015

Distractfold Ensemble – Anthony Burgess Foundation – Manchester – 25/01/15

Distractfold Ensemble
Sunday, January 25, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street
Manchester, England M1 5BY
Jan 23, 2015

Solo drums+electronics – Hotspur House – Manchester – 23/01/15

Solo drums+electronics
Friday, January 23, 2015
8:00pm - All Ages
Hotspur House (map)
2 Gloucester Street
Manchester, England M1 5QR


Rodrigo Constanzo
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-is a crazy person

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