Ars Electronica Festival 2017 | LUCAS ABELA
Performance at the Big Concert Night, Sunday September 10th 2017. Don’t try this at home!
Lucas Abela (AU) Prix Ars Electronica 2017 / Award of Distinction for Gamelan Wizard, together with Senyawa
What has been described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” is in fact the unique work of Lucas Abela, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. In his infamous show, which has astonished and bemused countless people in over 45 countries, Abela ecstatically purses his lips against panes of amplified glass while deftly employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, turning discarded shards into crude musical instruments. The results are a wild array of cacophonous noise that is oddly controlled and strangely musical. The instruments’ simple, original and effective premise is a welcome respite from the technically complicated musical performances of modern times. A unique act redefining the expression “don’t try this at home,” this show quite simply needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated, let alone understood.
More information about the Big Concert Night: https://www.aec.at/ai/files/2017/08/bigconcertnight.pdf