It’s live. So there´s life to it.

Pianist and musician Stefan Rusconi tells about how it was to work with live music in Meg Stuarts performance

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How did you enter this project?
I was asked by Paul Lemp, the Berlin based producer & bassplayer to record some music for workshops for a new project by a choreographer named Meg Stuart. I did record the music with him and I liked what was there and dropped that I could imagine to enjoy myself working on this some more. After having seen Megs work Sketches & Notebooks at HAU (Hebbel Am Ufer) in Berlin I definitely felt this could be good work for me. 

Live music on stage – how´s the work process been for you?
With ups and downs, with weeks of feeling like nothing moves until you suddenly realize that you're heading towards a total new direction, that we actually did work on something. 

What does live music on stage contribute to a performance in difference to recorded music?
It’s live. So there is life to it. There is reaction that influences the music. There are emotions to it that are created in that specific moment, in that specific environment with that specific audience.

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Photo: Maarten Vanden Abeele

Did the experience of creating music for a dance piece influence you in a creative/artistic way?
Yes. It triggered my sensors in a way that one dimensional music processes, like recording an album or being on tour never did before - more awareness of my body, the space, the atmosphere around myself. This is now not making performing easier but certainly a fuller, more vibrant experience.

What´s the last song you listened to?
Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground

Until our hearts stop, 10.–12. March 2017

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