They are the enfant terrible of new music – known for controversial musical interpretations (e.g. Kraftwerk, Schönberg, Xenakis) and genre spanning collaborations with among others, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Carsten Nicolai, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).
Now together with Italian trio ZAUM-Percussion and two soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic they will present a completely acoustic memorial concert in tribute of the recently deceased Italian composer and instrument builder Mario Bertoncini. Born in Rome in 1932 Mario Bertoncini studied under Gottfried Michael Koenig, who is beside Karl-Heinz Stockhausen one of the most important representatives of electronic music in Germany. From 1965 to 1972 Bertoncini was a member of the legendary improvisation group for composers „Nuova Consonanza“ (GINC), to which Ennio Morricone also belonged. Since the early 1970s Mario Bertoncini designed and built sound objects, based on the same principle as the Aeolian harp. In 1974, thanks to a scholarship from the artistic program of DAAD (German Acedemic Exchange Service) he came to Berlin and here he worked as a professor at the University of Art from 1980 to 1997.