Country: IT

Tireless investigator of dance music’s mechanisms and working parts, and head of respected experimental label Presto!?, the Italian musician deconstructs the sound of 90’s rave culture, carefully analysing it’s constituent parts for reuse in a very different context, with repetition and isolation as key concepts which he dubs the “Pointillistic Trance”. His work explores the idea of the “buildup” found in euphoric dance music as a starting point to make a non-uplifting, more introspective piece that implicitly preserves its emotional tension and drama. The music often begins with one simple idea or musical pattern, forcing it into a sonic spiral of percussive, endlessly contagious, arpeggiated melodies. Two of his latest albums – on Editions Mego and Death of Rave – have garnered wide acclaim and response from listeners and critics alike.

Lorenzo Senni is also part of the power-trio One Circle along with Vaghe Stelle & A:RA. As founder of Presto!? Records, he has released albums by a number of internationally acclaimed artists including Florian Hecker, Carsten Holler, etc. He has composed music for cinema, theatre and the soundtrack for last Yuri Ancarani award-winning movie Da Vinci, showed at 55th Venice Biennale. He also wrote music for R’n’B singer Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well. Lorenzo Senni played international festival CTM 13 Golden Age, SONAR 2013, Donau Festival and many others.

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Past events

This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.