Giovanni RenzoApril 28, 2017, 19:00 - 20:30 UT

Live with composer Giovanni Renzo

The concert will be introduced by the astrophysicist Dr. Gianluca Masi

Watch it online on WebTV

The new edition of the Cosmic Concert, an online musical performance for GAM 2017, will be performed by the Italian pianist and composer Giovanni Renzo. Cosmic Concert 2017 is a collection of compositions and improvisations conceived as a visual and poetic exploration of the universe.

For the eighth edition of the Cosmic Concert the entire community of Astronomers Without Borders will be involved in the creative process! Giovanni Renzo will performs his music drawing inspiration from the videos and photos contributed by photographers from around the world and from the best poems and winners of the previous edition of the AstroPoetry Contest. The final result will be a concert where astronomical videos and words will be mixed with live streaming of the performance creating a natural flow of music, poetry and spectacular images.

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Renzo has a long-term fascination about the relationship between music and astronomy (such as star maps changing into scores or compositions based on the beat of the pulsar). He has been invited by Astronomers Without Borders to perform his works live during Global Astronomy Month every year. This online concert is one of the most successful events of the general program.

Giovanni Renzo was born in Messina, Italy, in 1962. He graduated from the Conservatorio “Corelli” in his hometown in 1986, continuing his musical education in Rome. He made his debut in 1979 as a jazz pianist. He regularly plays at concerts and festivals, alternating his concerts with teaching and composition. Renzo has composed music for films, theater, ballet, opera, multimedial performances. His first recording, “Eclisse” (1989), is a collection of piano solo compositions. Then he produced “La distanza della Luna” for piano and orchestra (1996 and 2007), “Il mare” (2001), live recording featuring Paolo Fresu and “Suono e ritmo quintet", "Atlas Coelestis", book plus DVD (2008), “Infanzia” (2008) and "Racconti per pianoforte" (2010), again piano solo. The musicbook for iPad "Racconti per pianoforte" is available for free on the iBookstore. Recently Renzo was quoted by the Spanish Blog "Los mejores pianistas del Mundo" as one of the world's greater pianist, mainly for his original work about music and astronomy.

“Infanzia” is now available on iTunes.
The musicbook for iPad “Tales for piano" is available for free on the iBookstore.

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