INSIDE THE MIND with Gordon Marshall #1 w/ Andrea Pensado


Gordon Marshall is a local writer and outspoken character in the Boston music community. Every first Saturday we will go INSIDE THE MIND of a cutting edge, perhaps experimental and even improvisational artist or group who Gordon thinks is worth a damn. This month he spoke with incredible Salem based dynamic noise experimentalist Andrea Pensado!

A computer and voice artist living in Salem, Mass., Andrea Pensado plays a unique strain of weird music, with which she began experimenting after studies in choral and classical music composition in Argentina and Poland. It is, if not a rejection, an ejection of those traditions. “I just got bored!” she explains. She can shock. Her music can be as harsh as primal scream therapy, yet for her, music is for pleasure. “You can approach it from different sides,” she continues. “Even body pleasure—in the mind. I do like synthesizing. It has aesthetic pleasure, logic pleasure, just pleasure of sound, of being in a body contact with sound.”

On a recent Saturday in December, Pensado participated in a concert at a loft in Chinatown. She performed as part of a trio, with Michael Rosenstein, electronics, and Joe Burgio, dance; and in a duo with me, poetry. It was bracing. The sheer sonic force was scary, but she opened the field gracefully, cross-weaving statements with deftness and acumen. Instinctual and intuitive, she takes music to new, creative dimensions. “Art is an incredibly deep experience,” she says. “If you are having an emotional time, you will find something.” She has found something in the Boston music scene, and she has changed it, and she has shared it, with all musicians around her. Pensado’s new CD, Ktotam (2012), is available on Zero Moon.

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