Portfolio - Live
Best described as an immersive experience based on innovative sound art and intricate narrative, Quintessence was premiered in February 2015 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK) in partnership with Future Everything Festival.
With a strong element of improvisation and using a sculptural array of acoustic instruments, found large-scale objects and live electronic manipulation, Quintessence is at the forefront of artistic experiments in digital age storytelling technique. Combining complex sound layers of orchestral textures, vocal phrases and melodic instances with a powerful narrative and an array of emotions, Renzo creates an environment of unique visual possibilities and sonic sculptures, presenting the audience with a rare and highly artistic feat. Read more about this project.
Experimental | Sound Art
Alice in Absentia (2015)
An adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland told as a story about the passing of time and the changes it brings to us and our lives.
Alice in Absentia is a story about discovery and growth, a story about time and the changes it brings to all of us and our lives. Exploring the relationship between its creator, Lewis Carroll and the little girl who inspired its creation, Alice Liddell, this adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland works its way through complex emotions including wonder, shame, passion and regret. Told as a performative storytelling piece, the original text is curated by Giuliana Fenech and interwoven with an original musical score by Renzo Spiteri to create an experience that draws upon practices of traditional and digital-age storytelling.
Storytelling | Auditory Culture
Renzo Spiteri and Thomas Agergaard - a percussionist from the Mediterranean and a Scandinavian saxophone player, two creative artists bonded by the desire to express themselves with music that's warm and hypnotic at times, haunting and fiery at other. All this happens on stage, in the instance through improvised exchanges and in the most captivating of manners!
Performed at The Manoel Theatre, Valletta (Malta)
Jazz | Improvisation
Silence Sounds and Spaces (2011)
A contemporary concept project created and performed by Renzo and inspired by the treasured Neolithic sites spread across the Maltese Islands. The work is best described as art music with rich, engaging and deeply expressive soundscapes and a skilful blend of an extraordinary world of sounds, non-conventional instruments and powerful visuals of Malta’s stunning archaeological sites. The result is a “chilling, mysterious, and forward-thinking musical journey” that draws listeners in to Renzo’s personal musical universe.
This project is the follow-up to the scoring of the music to the visitors' audio guide of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) for which Renzo was commissioned by Heritage Malta (the national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage) in 2007.
CD launch and live performance in November 2011 at St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta (Malta) followed by a UK tour in May 2012, and European tour in November 2012.
Solo performance. Live visuals: Winston De Giorgio (LiveGrafix). Photography: Daniel Cilia
Art Music | World | Instrumental
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Sounds Unlimited (2004)
A project between Renzo Spiteri and contemporary music composers Michael Alcorn (N.Ireland) and Pedro Rebelo (Portugal). SOUNDS UNLIMITED explored the relationship between the resonance of found objects, percussion instruments and live-electronic manipulation.
The collaboration was initiated in October 2004 during Renzo's residency at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen's University, Belfast (N.Ireland) that was supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.
The project was launched during the Belfast Festival at Queen's in October 2004. It was also presented during Sonorities Festival 2005 in Belfast (N. Ireland), Musica Viva Contemporary Music Festival 2005 in Lisbon (Portugal), Composers Choice Contemporary Music Festival 2005 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin (Ireland) and as one of the official events marking the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2005 held in Malta.