No stranger to Sónar, or to Barcelona where he lived for many years, Christian Fennesz returns to the festival to present his first new record in 5 years. To date, only it’s title “Agora” has been revealed, but those lucky enough to have heard it describe it as “breathtakingly beautiful”. We wouldn’t expect less from the innovator who over 20 years has given us classics of experimental electronica such as “Hotel Paral-lel” and “Venice”. For his performance at SonarComplex, he’ll be accompanied by visuals created for the show by the multidisciplinary artist Lillevan.
Using a filtered and treated electric guitar as the starting point for his lush soundscapes, Fennesz has created a personal and groundbreaking discourse throughout his career. In addition to his prolific output as a solo artist, and his ongoing investigation of the limits of noise, automatic composition, field music or contemporary classical, Fennesz is also a frequent collaborator with other luminaries of the scene. These include artists such as Alva Noto, Oren Ambarchi, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keith Rowe, Peter Rehberg and Jim O’Rourke, as well as the record Edition 1 with King Midas Sound, the group formed with Kevin Martin (The Bug). 2019 sees his return to the studio as a solo artist, and to the SonarComplex stage, where he will perform the fruits of this labour for practically the first time.