Le Lavatrici Rosse (Italy)

Le Lavatrici Rosse

(Riccardo Ruggeri – voice and loop machine,
Andrea Beccaro – drums and electronics)

Interview for SIP – SoundLAB Interview project

Le Lavatrici Rosse (The red washing machines) Andrea Beccaro (drums, sampler) and Riccardo Ruggeri (voice, loop machine) met in 2001, coming from different experiences. After recording a free improvisation in April 2002 they decided to compete at the ” Percfest – Festival delle percussioni” where, to their surprise, won the first prize. This led to a series of concerts and performances (the project won the award “Premio Aosta Classica” in August 2002) in which they had the chance to expand and refine their vocabulary, sometimes improvising freely at a contemporary art exhibition, sometimes trying to meet the expectations of a groove-hungry rave party-like audience. As a “drums/voice/electronics” duo they have no precedent, so their aim consist in pushing the boundaries of the instrument as known and create for themselves a whole new set of musical expressions. Influences: King Crimson, ancient italian folk music, Edgard Varese, Bobby McFerrin, John Coltrane, Luciano Berio, Nine Inch Nails, Bela Bartok, Zakir Hussain…
After winning, in June 2004, the competition “Demetrialmente – Omaggio a Demetrio Stratos” they recorded and published their first cd “Le Lavatrici Rosse”. Along with Andrea Manzoni (piano) and Luca Bertinaria (acoustic bass) they form the quartet Lomè (www.lome.it) . Their first cd “Fiori su Marte” (July 2004) is published by the label Leubage.

Le Lavatrici Rosse participates in

  • SoundLAB
  • edition04.e. m’scape 04