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Jun 7, 2013

Distractfold Ensemble – Matadero Contemporary Arts Centre – Madrid – 07/06/13

Distractfold Ensemble
Friday, June 7, 2013
10:00pm - All Ages
8 Plaza de Legazpi
Madrid, Spain 28045
May 25, 2013

Solo Snare – St. Werburgh’s Church – Manchester – 25/05/13

Solo Snare
Saturday, May 25, 2013
3:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
386 Wilbraham Road
Manchester, England M21 0UH
May 9, 2013

Duo with Phil Marks – Fuel Cafe – Manchester – 09/05/13

Duo with Phil Marks
Thursday, May 9, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
448 Wilmslow Road
Manchester, England M20 3BW
Apr 23, 2013

The Noise Upstairs ensemble – The Slug and Lettuce – Manchester – 23/04/13

The Noise Upstairs ensemble
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
651 Wilmslow Road

Manchester, England M20 6QZ
Mar 24, 2013

Distractfold Ensemble – University of Salford – Salford – 24/03/13

Distractfold Ensemble
Sunday, March 24, 2013
1:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
University of Salford (map)
The Crescent
Salford, England M5 4WT
Other Info
Mar 23, 2013

Code Control Festival – Phoenix – Leicester – 23/03/13

Code Control Festival
Saturday, March 23, 2013
TBD - All Ages Buy Tickets
4 Midland Street
Leicester, England LE1 1TG
Other Info
Rodrigo Constanzo will be performing a live set of improvised music using his 'drums' setup which includes very little drums at all. A three piece, nearly child's sized kit, is modified, and augmented by home made electronic instruments including a three tiered zither like instrument, 'electronic whisks', circuit-bent drum machines, a nearly endless amount of brick-a-brack, and a vibrating sex toy, for good measure.
The recent addition of a laptop and monome controller adds an additional layer of glitched out electronics including realtime concatenative synthesis and live sampling/processing. 
The symbiosis happens between the performer and his instrument, the individual instruments and their electronic/DIY extensions, and the analog and digital electronics used.
Mar 19, 2013

A Greater Horror – Sandbar – Manchester – 19/03/13

A Greater Horror
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
120 Grosvenor Street
Manchester, England M1 7HL
Mar 16, 2013 – University of Huddersfield – Huddersfield – 16/03/13

Feb 7, 2013

A Greater Horror – Kraak Space – Manchester – 07/02/13

A Greater Horror
Thursday, February 7, 2013
8:00pm - All Ages
11 Stevenson Square
Manchester, England M1 1DB
Feb 3, 2013

Solo Drum+Electronics – Soup Kitchen – Manchester – 03/02/13


Solo Drum+Electronics
Sunday, February 3, 2013
3:00pm - All Ages
31-33 Spear Street
Manchester, England M1 1DF
Jan 14, 2013

Snare + Microphone

Before I talk, here is some sights and sounds:

During my summer tour last year I improv-ed my way into using a condenser mic as a friction implement. The sounds were harsh, but very controllable and with a great continuity between vastly different types of sounds/playing. I instantly knew I was on to something, and wanted to explore this further.

Fast forward to one month ago.
I was starting to plan/conceive my next composition, having recently started a PhD at the University of Huddersfield, and wanted to explore this microphone/snare thing further. At the same time, I had decided that I was going to move away from the “middle man” of writing a composition, for myself, to perform. (More on this, and the implications of it in a future post). I decided to use this very limited mode of playing as the backbone of this exploration. No other implements, no electronics (other than amplification/distortion), no “easy” solutions to the problem I was trying to solve.

This video is not that solution. It is just a document of some of the sounds and playing techniques I’ve been exploring.

Dec 15, 2012

Takahashi\’s Shellfish Concern – The Briton’s Protection – Manchester – 15/12/12

Takahashi's Shellfish Concern
Saturday, December 15, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
The Briton's Protection (map)
50 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester, England M1 5LE
Nov 22, 2012

Solo drums + electronics

So I went on a UK tour recently doing solo drums + electronics.

Here is a ‘showreel’ of sorts, documenting some choice bits from the different performances.

This was the first tour I’ve done since moving onto a laptop as my performance setup. The center piece of that is The Party Van, my all-in-one laptop performance solution. It was nice doing a bunch of (relatively) back to back gigs to really get ‘inside’ the mechanics of my patch/setup.

The footage was shot and edited by my wife, Angela Guyton, who shoots most(all) of my videos nowadays. There’s a longer (10minutes) sort of documentary on me in the works covering my live stuff, instrument building, bands, composition etc… Very much looking forward to that.

Nov 18, 2012

Prince Adolpho – The Ship & Mitre – Liverpool – 18/11/12

Prince Adolpho
Sunday, November 18, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
133 Dale Street
Liverpool, England L3 2JH
Nov 16, 2012

Weak Without You (new composition)

Weak Without You is my latest composition commissioned by Distractfold Ensemble.

It looks and sounds like this:

It’s written for three female performers who sing and clap (with a bit of a pitched instrument at end). The performers (Linda Jankowska, Emma Richards, and Alice Purton) did a great job with the piece, particularly considering the nakedness of just singing/clapping.

This is the first piece I’ve composed since starting my PhD at the University of Huddersfield and it’s probably one of my simplest/cleanest pieces. The materials are super stark, and I think it really works.

‘Underneath the hood’ there are some further explorations into some of my ideas about ‘fake’ time. Sections B/C/D in the score make use of these ideas, and during the rehearsals the term “real time” and “fake time” were thrown around a lot (to the initial confusion of the performers).

Here is the full score:

Oh yeah, and it’s a ‘cover’ of Survivor by Destiny’s Child….


Rodrigo Constanzo
-makes music and art
-lives in Porto/Manchester
-is a crazy person

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