“It remains to be seen what Renzo Spiteri would be coming up with next, but if one were to gauge his recent shows here and abroad, it seems as if this quiet, unpretentious musician is broadening his horizons incredibly. He seems to have a vision of dynamic change through keen observation of things that may be or may not be around him. After all, his compositions have been featured on BBC Radio 3. Such a feat is a great certificate in itself; but then, Renzo isn’t one to rest on his laurels.” The Sunday Times (Malta)
"When Renzo Spiteri presents his music it is quite an event. This very versatile and creative musician goes beyond being a highly specialised and accomplished percussionist. He is always on a quest for meaning behind and beyond the world of percussive sound." (Excerpt from review of Renzo Spiteri's live performance of SILENCE SOUNDS AND SPACES by Albert G. Storace, published in The Times of Malta, 23-Nov-11)
Renzo Spiteri is “an artiste who constantly surprises” and whose music “touches the soul directly”. An internationally respected musician, composer and sound artist, Renzo is renowned for his artistic versatility, creative use of sound and unlimited modes of expression. Sharing his work base between England and Malta, Renzo is a creative musician with a performance career spanning more than 30 years and his own projects and collaborations with artists have taken him on extraordinary journeys to various countries around the world.
He performs as multi-percussionist and drummer in major festivals and venues, and carries a distinct artistic sensitivity and ability of adapting to a wide range of musical styles – classical to experimental, from solo percussion performances to improvisations, contemporary, jazz and world music.
When composing music for contemporary dance companies, art exhibitions and film/moving image, Renzo uses the sonic environment around him as a primary source of raw material that not only sets the tone to his work, but is also a powerful source of inspiration.
Through his work, Renzo seeks to bring about a deeper sensorial engagement between listeners / audiences and his work, be it in public spaces, performance venues, film, art galleries and museums.
In 2004, Renzo spent a 5-week work intensive at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast (N. Ireland) as musician in residence, and in 2008 he was appointed National Ambassador to the European Union’s “Year for Intercultural Dialogue”. Renzo is co-founder of the Shetland-based arts organisation Curious Pilgrims and artistic director of the annual music event Teatru Unplugged held at Malta’s National Theatre Teatru Manoel and an endorsed artiste for Yamaha Drums & Hardware, Paiste Cymbals & Gongs, Tycoon Percussion and Schlagwerk Percussion.
Renzo holds a master's degree in Sound Arts from Oxford Brookes University and his on-going artistic research focuses on site-responsive and site-specific installation and performance aesthetics as responses to rural environmental atmospheres of Shetland.
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