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Aug 26, 2017

HOFFNUNG 3000 – Lichtblick Kino – Berlin – 26/08/17

Saturday, August 26, 2017
5:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Kastanienallee 77
Berlin, Germany 10435
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Things hit with sticks while I sit alone, but not lonely.
Jun 17, 2017

Black Box Project – Eastern Block – Montreal, Québec – 17/06/17

Black Box Project
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
7240 Clark
Montreal, Québec, Canada H2R 2Y3
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Rodrigo Constanzo – drums & electronics
Sylvain Pohu – guitar & electronics
Patrick Saint-Denis – robotics & electronics
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay – bass & electronics

What happens when you lock four improvisers in a black box with their instruments, microphones, cameras, projectors, curtains, and computers? Two 14-day sessions later: a performance/installation at the intersection of their four respective universes, exploring the grey areas between composition and improvisation, direct and deferred, opening and form, silence and noise…

Formed by musicians Sylvain Pohu (CA), Patrick Saint-Denis (CA), Rodrigo Constanzo (ES-US) and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (CA-UK), the group’s main area of research revolves around performing (with) technology. Each member brings a singular toolkit and a set of expertise, whose ramifications cover the whole computer music spectrum (live audio processing, musical interfaces, interactive video and audio, robotics).

The four improvisers face each other and the audience surrounding them. In the middle of this concentric setup, the musicians control four robotic accordions, 32 lights, and three video projectors, in real-time. Everything merges into a single interactive multilayered instrument in order to respond to a strong appetite for noise and saturation.
Jun 8, 2017

The Noise Upstairs 10 Year Anniversary mini-set – Fuel Cafe – Manchester – 08/06/17

The Noise Upstairs 10 Year Anniversary mini-set
Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages
448 Wilmslow Road
Manchester, England M20 3BW
May 5, 2017

Student Performance – University of York – York – 05/05/17

Student Performance
Friday, May 5, 2017
7:00pm - All Ages
Rymer Auditorium
Department of Music
University of York
York, England YO10 5DD
Apr 22, 2017

Solo Performance – Cruce Contemporaneo – Madrid – 22/04/17

Solo Performance
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00pm - All Ages
Dr Fourquet 5
Madrid, Spain 28012
Jan 29, 2017

Friends. Objects. Lights. Feet.


Over the years I have had many wonderful discussions with people whom I have never met. Either through emails, forums, or even chatrooms I have talked about all manner of things with people scattered around the world. Sometimes these virtual friendships manifest in the physical world and a thing is born. An art thing. This is one of those times.

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Jan 28, 2017

NUStival – Fuel Cafe – Manchester – 28/01/17

Saturday, January 28, 2017
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
448 Wilmslow Road
Manchester, England M20 3BW
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NUStival - a mini-festival of improvised music.

Featuring selected groupings of:

Mick Beck Cath Roberts Otto Willberg
Ecka Mordecai Odie ji Ghast Rob Thorpe
Geoff Bright Rodrigo Constanzo Anton Hunter


A performance of John Zorn's Cobra by the Noise Upstairs Workshop Group.

Free entry.

Supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Spaces and Styles of Participation (PARTISPACE) project which receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program.
Nov 16, 2016

Black Box project


The Black Box project is a project that involves Pierre Alexandre Tremblay on bass/electronics, Patrick Saint-Denis on robotics/electronics, Sylvain Pohu on guitar/electronics, and myself on drums/electronics. It’s a four-way collaboration that has gone through two residencies (in Montreal and Huddersfield), to work out the finer details of putting a large-scale show together.

It looks and sounds something like this:

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Nov 13, 2016

with Brian Crabtree/Jay Gilligan – St. Margaret’s Church – Whalley Range – 13/11/16

with Brian Crabtree/Jay Gilligan
Sunday, November 13, 2016
5:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
St. Margaret's Church (map)
Rufford Road
Whalley Range, England M16 8AE
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MICHAEL FISCHER Austrian saxophone solo acoustic and electronics extraordinaire

PADANG FOOD TIGERS heavy drone weeze tacoma vibes from these Londoners with a new record out on Northern Spy

MONOME/JAY GILLIGAN/RODRIGO CONSTANZO awesome collaboration between US based bespoke synth/interface artist designer/performer Brian Crabtree of Monome, artist music maker extraordinare Rodrigo Constanzo and US born now resident in Sweden juggling master Gilligan.

RIE NAKAJIMA/PIERRE BERTHELT/LEE PATTERSON International (JP/FR/UK) trio of sound artists working at the edges of sound, sculptures, instrument making and performing.

Doors 5:30pm kicks off at 6pm on the dot. £7/£5
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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Rodrigo Constanzo
-makes music and art
-lives in Porto/Manchester
-is a crazy person

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