Alva Noto / Raster-Noton /Noton/Line/Mille Plateaux/
Alva Noto (DE) – is a Berlin icon whose work covers the full spectrum of electronic experimentation; an unmistakable creator who eliminates the boundaries between music and visual art. Echoes will present a rare audio-visual performance in the Czech Republic! Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto, one of the most respected personalities of the experimental scene, will perform at Fleda in April as part of the Echoes series. The work of this celebrated musician skirts the dividing line between audio and visual media, on the edge of ambient and pulsating dance electronics. Nicolai will be accompanied by visual artist Ken Niibori at Fleda as part of his UNIEQAV Live tour.
Alva Nota’s current live performance is based around the album of the same name,UNIEQAV (2018), which together with Unitxt (2008) and Univrs (2011) forms part of theconceptual trio of Uni albums. “For Uni, the idea was always to do three records sitting in between experimental music and club music. I was diving more into rhythmic concepts,” explained Nicolai to the UK server Stray Landings. In addition to the Uni series, Nicolai has also made other thematic series such as Transform (2000, 2001) and Xerrox (2007, 2009, 2015).
In total Nicolai has nearly two dozen albums to his name. The Berlin musician has alsorecorded a number of collaborations with other well-known artists. Together with Olaf Bender (aka Byetone), he formed the Diamond Version project, and, with the addition of Frank Bretschneider, created the trio Signal. The trio also established together the celebrated label Raster-Noton specializing in electronic music. This later split into two independent labels, Raster and Noton. In addition, under the name ANBB, Nicolai performed with the legendary Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, ex-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), and as Cyclo with Ryoji Ikeda. Nicolai also recorded Leaves of Grass with Iggy Pop in 2016.
More recently, Alva Noto, in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, has also often moved between contemporary classical music and ambient music (the Glass House, Two, and Glenn Gould Gathering projects). Together with Sakamoto, Nicolai also composed the music for the film The Revenant (2015). The score was nominated for awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Grammy Awards and Critic’s Choice Awards.