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Mika Vainio, Arne Deforce



In Greek mythology Hephaestus was the god of blacksmiths and craftsmen, of metals and smelting, of fire and the volcanoes beneath which his workshop lay. It was this divine blacksmith who chained Prometheus to a cliff in the Caucasus. In the concert “Hephaestus”, Finnish experimental electronic musician Mika Vainio and Belgian cellist Arne Deforce take the audience on a fascinating tour along the five rivers of the Greek underworld. “Hephaestus” combines the rich acoustic of Deforce’s cello techniques with the raw expression of Vainio’s electronic music. The music reflects the ancient symbols of Greek mythology and leads the listener through a spectrum of physical, emotional and psychological states.

Arne Deforce is known for his passionate and euphoric interpretations of contemporary and experimental music. He focusses principally on the solo and chamber music repertoire of composers such as Xenakis, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen. Mika Vainio was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland. His solo works ranges from abstract drone pieces to minimal avant techno and are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Vainio is writing additional electronic compositions for the new Ruhrtriennale production of “Das Rheingold” at the request of conductor Teodor Currentzis. It is therefore no surprise that Vainio wants to use the same anvils in “Hephaestus” on which Wagner had the ring of the Nibelungen fashioned.


Electric music - Mika Vainio
Cello - Arne Deforce