Press and Testimonials
“Immense performance by sound artist Renzo Spiteri […] The set lasted for 45 minutes but felt like 10 as we were fully entranced as an audience, anticipating the next movement.”
From Visualising Sound by Vicky Clarke, final major project explorations, Manchester School of Art, 2015
"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."
From 'An Aural Journey through Heritage' by Albert G. Storace, The Times (Malta), November 2011
"Pjazza Teatru Rjal was almost full to the brim both Saturday and Sunday, and buzzing with excitement as the master and composer of sound, Renzo Spiteri, kicked off the performance with sounds from a kitchen table environment."
From 'Borderless - reviewed' by Giuliana Barbaro-Sant, Indulge Magazine, 2014
“Renowned for his experimental approach to music, Renzo Spiteri is an artiste who constantly surprises.”
The Times (Malta), November 2011
"Renzo Spiteri awakens the soul with ancient sounds using inventive musical instruments that defy traditional notions of musicality. The improvisational and instrumental delights of Malta’s music master, Renzo Spiteri, are steeped in a creative and groundbreaking pool of talent rarely observed in instrumental world music. Renzo serves up a chilling, mysterious, and forward-thinking musical journey [...] but in the end, it is Renzo Spiteri that turns history into music."
Silence Sounds and Spaces album review (5/5) by Matthew Forss, 2011
“an amazing fusion that ran like a seamless thread during a two-hour performance. […] The two musicians performed magnificently whether as soloists or as mutually inspired artistes.” A.G. Storace, The Times of Malta, 2006
"The sound sketches and mesmerising, alluring, leftfield arrangements impressed a very discerning audience. [...] The Thin Air presentation, as well as Parallax and Sketch 2, which also used bow arrangements, provided a very adventurous cinematic feel to the experimental sounds." EM, The Times of Malta, 2005
“A masterclass for poetry and music appreciation … it was an occasion to remember.”
The Sunday Times (Malta), October 2010
“Spiteri’s mellifluous caissa drum juxtaposed against Liz Conrad’s deep Oriental influenced cello phrasings were achingly beautiful and arrestingly solemn. The set came to a close...to rapturous acclamation.”
The Times (Malta), December 2010
"… top class performance … this was an evening of music that echoed each of the performers' talents and passion to perfection and the two hours of the performance flew by far too fast. Each musician said it was a privilege to be performing with the other, but in truth, the privilege was the audience's, to have witnessed and enjoyed such a great performance."
The Sunday Times (Malta), March 2008
"It takes a very clear, agile mind to present so many different styles, from mincing sounds, to rich, atonal, experimental styles recalling influences as diverse as Wagner, John Cage and Philip Glass, and instances of silence which in themselves could also be open to various interpretations."
The Times (Malta), April 2007
"One thing percussionist Renzo Spiteri is not is complacent. Indeed he must be one of our hardest working and most innovative musicians. His concerts, recitals, jam sessions...what have you, are always sell-out events."
The Times Arts Supplement (Malta), January 2007
"Renzo Spiteri's collaboration with musicians from China's Conservatory of Music was alluring and intriguing ... [giving] a very good idea of Renzo's mastering of the percussion and his ways and means to adapt to different styles."
The Sunday Times (Malta), July 2006
"Very economical with words, Spiteri proved to be undoubtedly rich in musical invention"
The Times, 2005
“An immersive experience with truly hypnotic soundscapes that evoke myriad contrasting emotions during the space of less than an hour […] It is a piece that touches the soul directly.”
From ‘A Tapestry of Sound and Emotions’ by Ramona Depares, Arts and Culture Editor, Sunday Times of Malta, April 2015
"We at Heritage Malta were totally impressed by the whole spectrum of sound Mr. Spiteri had put together that we never imagined was possible, using only improvised stone and pottery instruments."
Reuben Grima, senior curator of historic sites at Heritage Malta.
From 'Music in a fossil' by George Cini, The Times (Malta), 2008
“On one level the music was about essence, taste and sophistication; rather like wine-tasting, but for the advanced musician.”
The Belfast Telegraph (N. Ireland), October 2004
“The spell-binding performance between Israel’s The Idan Raichel Project and Maltese percussionist Renzo Spiteri - ended with a standing ovation.”
From 'A cultural and creative renaissance' by A. Massa, Global: the international briefing (UK), January 2011
"Renzo Spiteri has distinguished himself as a musician, composer and arranger with foresight." The Sunday Times, January 2006
“Spiteri, playing the marimba and congas, gives the listener a chance to really feel the pulsations that are being configured by the palm of his hands … This event surely opened the audience to a hint of something new in the jazz genre. It was a refreshing exposure of unfamiliar sounds and rhythms not usually performed in such a manner.”
The Reporter (Chicago), November 2007
“The [solo] concert we heard is one to long remember. I think that Renzo Spiteri is an extraordinary man and a multi-sided musician. I do hope that he will have the opportunity to share his art and international experience with the Hungarian percussionists when he returns to Hungary.”
Ritmus Depo online (Hungary), April 2004
“One of today’s true masters of the art of percussion is Renzo Spiteri from Malta.”
creative-sound.de (Germany), August 2011
"It was a great evening. The sounds of Renzo Spiteri's percussion, of Guo Yue Chinese bamboo flutes (except for one in pure white jade) and Ben Murray's piano, keyboards and accordion mingled to perfection and produced an evening of beautiful music which lifted our spirits and captivated our imagination."
J.G., The Times (Malta), April 2008
"The three performers, each with his own engaging and interesting personality, manages to offer a blend of individualism and cross-cultural cohesion"
A. G. Storace, The Times, March 2008
"This left Mr. Spiteri on his own ... once he was on his own he gave a magnificent virtuoso improvisation the likes of which one could only expect from him."
The Times (Malta), October 2007
“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), February 2007
"If one were after virtuosity this was present in great doses."
The Times (Malta), September 2006
“[Renzo Spiteri] provided the music and having him around meant some very original touches and surprises.”
The Times (Malta), July 2005
“terrific and superb… the duo could create an architectural musical edifice beginning with the simplest of themes."
The Times (Malta), September 2006