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Virtuoso percussionist Tom de Cock performs five works composed by Pierluigi Billone, issued as the first recordings on the Contra Naturem series, a collaboration between Sub Rosa and the adventurous, Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble. Their ‘Mani.Mono  - For Springdrum’ could almost be Harry Bertoia pinged around by Demdike at the GRM, and their ‘Mani.Dike  - For 2 Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chinese Opera Gong, Low Thai Gong’ deploys the instruments as rarely heard, from aggressive clang to barely touched presence...
“The 'magic of the record' befits contemporary music, which starts by adhering to an open, flexible sonic space where magnetic bolts of lightning shoot through. In that respect, at least, it has always been pop. The record lifts the curtain on a virtual stage; it creates its own space time; it reports on a listening project. And home computing has changed the game: the digital kitchen doesn't intimidate anyone anymore: editing and mixing are now part of the performer's daily routine.
The composer: Pierluigi Billone (1960) Italian composer known for works which often 'reinvent' the performance techniques of the instruments involved. He studied under Salvatore Sciarrino and Helmut Lachenmann. He focuses on the nature of sound. He also draws on free jazz and non-European music for his research on sound matter. After a brief return to Italy in 2000, he decided to move to Vienna. His music has privileged performers such as the Klangforum Wien. It is broadcast by German and Austrian radio, is regularly scheduled in international festivals such as Donaueschingen.
The performer: Tom De Cock (1982) received his masters degree in percussion at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, as well as a masters degree in contemporary music at the HFMDK Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Next to his position as percussion soloist at the Brussels Philharmonic orchestra, Tom has been working as a freelance musician in Europe, he played with Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, Radio Kamer Philharmonie, among others and is a fixed member of Ictus, Tom has collaborated with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Philippe Hurel, Bruno Mantovani, Philippe Manoury, Georges Aperghis and many other prominent figures of international contemporary music.”