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The members of the QuattroPole Music Award jury met virtually on Monday, 8 February 2021 to choose the most innovative musical contributions from among those submitted by the 25 selected contestants. Three finalists were chosen and invited to perform at the award ceremony and concert scheduled to take place on 1 April 2021 in Luxembourg City. After their performances, one of them will be crowned the winner of the 2021 QuattroPole Music Award.
Expect a marathon of vocals and electronic music, mixed sound collages, 360-degree videos, 3D particle systems, geometric shapes and light waves. Here's a brief introduction to the three finalists:
In her multichannel 3D contribution, Mit dem Mond im Gesicht, this German-Luxembourgish artist offers a collage combining piano pieces, vocals, percussion, modular synthesiser productions and audio recordings. She immerses listeners in an absorbing universe in which moments of hope and bewilderment, the discovery of new spheres, the convergence of paths to destruction and their inevitable dissolution clash and extend to infinity in a soundscape of unknown worlds. This high order ambisonic piece offers audiences an entirely spatialised listening experience. For more information about this artist, visit https://anina.land.
In her innovative work entitled 12 Hours, this Luxembourg artist explores the notion of endurance as a musical concept, and stretches the limits of the human voice and musicians' and audiences' determination in a performance that lasts 12 hours non-stop. With this novel concept, she shares with her audience a radically new musical experience: a marathon of song and electronic music. For more information about this artist, visit www.catherinekontz.com.
This Metz-based artist offers a work that blurs the lines between sound and visual arts. In his dispersive, immersive multimedia concept, MiMo (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output), the sound and visual elements are inspired by the effects of our new smart devices on the human body and the connections between them. What emerges is a fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds with synchronised videos and films screened in 360 degrees, which draws in and submerges spectators. For more information about this artist, visit www.nox3.net.
QuattroPole Music Award
The cities of Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier decided to host this joint music award as a means of networking their respective musical scenes, with particular emphasis on digital technologies and innovation. This second edition of the QuattroPole Music Award, which carries a €10,000 cash prize, is scheduled to take place on 1 April 2021 at the Rotondes in Luxembourg.
For further information and to view the live stream of the concert, visit www.quattropole.org.