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Performing under the moniker Grand River, Aimée Portioli is a Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer of experimental electronic music, which she imbues with rich emotional colors. Influenced by minimalism and ambient music, her compositions are at once atmospheric and rhythmically complex, incorporating a wide range of contemporary compositional and production techniques.
Released in February 2023 on Editions Mego, her newest album All Above has been praised as her most ambitious and divergent composition yet. Merging acoustic instruments and synthesizers around profund and mournful piano arrangements, Portioli conjures vivid and complex emotional landscapes.
Besides her studio albums, Portioli has created original sound art installations, namely for Rome’s La Galleria Nazionale and Milan’s Il Pianeta, a project of Terraforma Festival. She also partakes in various artistic collaborations and has performed as Grand River at major international venues and festivals.
Barcelona 2024Live A/V
Thanks to the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura Barcellona, MUTEK Barcelona will present Grand River’s All Above live show for the first time in Spain, a deeply moving and immersive experience created and performed with her long-time collaborator, visual artist Marco Ciceri. Drawing unexpected and exploratory paths, the performance leads the audience through various states of being, atmospheric timbres, rhythms and melodies, reflecting the composer’s own journey on the album and on set. Between shifting patterns of light and darkness, smoke and mirrors, Ciceri’s stage design offers an intangible setting for contemplation, inviting the audience to fully embrace the experience and simply let go.
Présentée avec le soutien de l’Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal.
Aimée Portioli (Grand River) is a Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer.
Our Circadian EP (Grand River & Sofie Birch, 2023)
All Above (Editions Mego, 2023)
Blink A Few Times To Clear Your Eyes (Editions Mego, 2018)
With All Above, Grand River delivers an ambitious project at the confluence of electronic and acoustic music, seeking the guiding forces that may be driving, enticing, and affecting us.