Maria Balabas, Alex Arpeggio, Elizaveta Petcheniouk
An unexpected artistic encounter between two completely different musicians results in a sonic-visual performance that emerges from the phantasms of the natural environment and the power of raw beats. The duo began their collaboration as part of the Europalia Festival in 2019 and developed their ideas over the years, with concerts in Germany, Belgium and Romania. Laura Lot and Andrew Hulme produced a series of video loops specifically to accompany the music. Elizaveta Petchniouk is VJ and mixes them live with her own created loops to the music.
Maria Balabaș is a Romanian artist and publicist. She studied musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest, works with various print and online magazines and is a founding member of the collective Avant’n’Gard. As a solo artist, she had a residency in the Sound Delta project (2007), collaborated with ResonanceFM Radio (London) and participated with a piece in the compilation Framework250. In 2012, she created the graphic score for the Soundforrest project, was invited to participate in the Explore Dance Festival with the graphic and sound installation Pasărea care-ți mușcă auzul (The Bird That Bites Your Hearing) and worked on another sound installation and performance (La Madeleine sonore) with the French Institute in Bucharest. She also organises sound walks under the name Sounds That Walk.
Alexander Arpeggio is a Berlin-based DJ and producer, founder of Mond Musik and Eine Welt. He started DJing in 2002, influenced by New Wave, Italo Disco and Minimal Synth, and his Dj sets are always a story of cosmic, wave, obscure disco and contemporary electronics. His label Mond Musik officially releases obscure and sought-after German productions from the late 70s to early 80s like Papertiger And The Catcammer Orchestra, Eiskalte Engel and Der Gøtling.