Country: IT

Riccardo La Foresta is a percussionist and sound artist from Modena (Italy) whose research of the last years wants to question the role of the drum as a percussive instrument. Resonances and vibrations generated treating the drum as an aerophone, create acoustic drones, ancestral melodies and complex beats that drastically distance the instrument from traditional drumming. The ongoing process of his research is focused on the development of a system called Drummophone.

“La Foresta has pushed percussion music back into the realm of speculative improvisation”
Philip Clark, The Wire

In the past years he’s been intensely touring Europe and working in between the fields of experimental music, free jazz and sound art, collaborating with musicians such as Fis, Anthony Pateras, Chris Corsano, Otomo Yoshihide, Axel Dörner, Lê Quan Ninh, John Butcher, Michel Doneda, Massimo Pupillo, Toma Gouband, Stefano Pilia, Ingar Zach, Mike Majkowski, Lucio Capece and many others also performing in some of the most important festivals for avant-garde music such as Sacrum Profanum, AngelicA Festival, Path Festival, NODE festival, Area Sismica, Centro d’Arte di Padova, Tempo Reale, Milano Musica, La Digestion, Musica Sanae, Parma Frontiere.

Since 2013 La Foresta has been active as a curator of experimental music concerts in the area of Modena, mainly with his organization Bæd and since 2017 with NODE festival.

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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.