Alessandro Cortini

Live improvisational set from the Nine Inch Nails synthesist & guitarist 

Friday, March 15, 2024
Church of the Heavenly Rest
7pm (doors) 8pm (performance)
with Faten Kanaan
presented with Synth History
All ages


Join Reflections for an evening of immersive light and sound at a gorgeous cathedral in Manhattan’s Upper East Side with Italian composer Alessandro Cortini. Faten Kanaan opens the night with a set of Renaissance-inspired electronic pieces. Designer Eric Epstein performs a 3D projection-mapped visual experience for both sets.
Cortini will share a series of atmospheric works made with the Make Noise Strega, the instrument he co-designed with synth company, Make Noise. We love Cortini’s delicate balance of stark minimalism and lush textures, hovering between ancient and modern sensibilities – math and magic, intertwined 🌙

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Alessandro Cortini

Italian musician, producer, composer and instrument builder Alessandro Cortini is one of the foremost figures of contemporary electronic music. A longstanding member of Nine Inch Nails, Cortini has released several albums on Mute and Important Records, often in collaboration with luminaries such as Daniel Avery, Lawrence English, and Merzbow.

Balancing dark ambience with smokey, pulsing rhythms, his compositions are both restrained and mesmeric. In 2021, iwith boutique synth builders Make Noise, Cortini released his own, custom designed, semi-modular synth, Strega (Italian for ‘witch’). He used Strega to build his latest full length, Scuro Chiaro (Mute Records), which Pitchfork described as “pitched somewhere between purgatory and the planetarium... consistently managing to thrill and surprise.”

Faten Kanaan

Born in Walsrode, Germany, Faten Kanaan is a Syrian-Palestinian-Jordanian-Lebanese composer, musician, and producer. She grew up between Europe and the Middle East, and is currently based in New York. She uses counterpoint as a narrative tool to create music that is mysterious, smudgy, and deeply melodic.

From the repetitive structures of modern minimalism and early music/baroque influences - to more languid textural ebbs & tides, there's a warmth in her use of synthesizers that gives her work a curiously timeless feel. Composing intuitively, her music has often been described as 'strange', mostly because it creates its own world- one that isn't easily categorised.

In symbiosis with technology is an appreciation for the vulnerability of human limitations and nuances, and her live performances highlight her use of the keyboard as an extension of the self.

Church of the Heavenly Rest

Located one block from the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Church of the Heavenly Rest is a beautifully renovated neo-gothic cathedral. Construction began on All Saints’ Day 1926 and was completed in time to be dedicated on Easter Day, March 31, 1929. The interior comprises an open plan wherein every part of the church is visible to all who enter. The Nave is bathed with light from stained glass windows. The building is an ADA accessible space.

1085 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
between 89th and 90th streets

Alessandro Cortini

NYC – 3/15/24


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