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Parallel Asteroid Music Workshop

2016/10/22 (Sat) @ 14:00 - 16:00

| ¥60
Parallel Asteroid are a Vietnamese/Austrian duo connecting experimental, acoustic and electronic sounds with the aesthetics of contemporary music. Their performance is a research into the relationship between electronic and organic sounds, creating abstract beauty when these worlds collide. Their music is a result of introspection and the trust to give in to the fragility of the moment where ideas crystalize into abstract shapes and textures.

Hear their sounds on: parallelasteroid.com

Following their performance as part of the MIJI Concert Series #40 (Oct.21), Parallel Asteroid will hold an afternoon music workshop on Oct. 22 at Meridian Space, open to anyone with an interest in experimental music, abstract sounds and improvisation.


PART A: ±60 Min.

– presentation of Parallel Asteroid’s work;
– PA’s music-making approach;
– composing and interaction for small and large ensembles;
– aesthetic considerations;
– influences;
– experimental music in Europe, with a focus on Berlin’s “Echtzeitmusik” (real time music) scene.

PART B: ±60 Min.

– sound tryouts, improvisational skills exercises, work on improvisational concepts (inspired from visual arts and other disciplines) together with participants;
– group performance PA + participants;
– formation of small ensembles, investigating what to consider when putting together a group of musicians;
– large ensemble improvisation;
– discussion and feedback, Q&A.


– Every participant should bring with them one or several instruments they like to play, which could include traditional Chinese instruments, electronics, objects, etc.
– Performance artists, actors etc. are very welcome, and their presence will be incorporated into the workshop framework.
– All participants are kindly asked to inform Meridian Space of their participation by email: info@meridian-online.com



Lan Cao – synthesizer
Gregor Siedl – saxophone, gamecalls, tubes

Parallel Asteroid are the Vietnamese pianist and synthesizer player Lan Cao, and Gregor Siedl from Austria on saxophone, gamecalls and tubes.
Parallel Asteroid have been touring extensively in Europe, Japan, Brasil and Vietnam.
In October and November 2016 the duo is touring in China and Taiwan.

Their latest recording “Itinerary“ was released in March 2016 and is available on Bandcamp as digital and audio-CD release with handcrafted artwork. It contains a selection of composed pieces and exemplifies the soundworld of Parallel Asteriod in a format applicable to an audio recording.
Listen and purchase at https://parallelasteroid.bandcamp.com/releases

Parallel Asteroid have been featured at international festivals and concert venues around the world, amongst others – festival Krieg Singen at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, FIME-Festival Internacional de Música Experimental in São Paulo, Ftarri Tokyo, Porgy & Bess Vienna, Festival Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin, Strom Festival Cologne, Musiknacht in Cologne, Frischzelle Festival for Intermedial Performance, 5th anniversary Festival at Quiet Cue Berlin, Stadtgarten Cologne (Double concert with Zeena Parkins &Ikue Mori), Artists in Residence Programm:Hotel Pupik (Scheifling), Institut Francais Hanoi etc.

With their two educational projects and workshops in collaboration with Domdom Center for Experimental Music and Art in Hanoi, Parallel Asteroid has helped developing the music scene, educating and inspiring young musicians in Vietnam.


Gregor Siedl – saxophonist, improviser, composer – was born in Vienna, Austria. He is deeply engaged in the field of experimental and improvised music. Through his explorations of extended techniques, preparations on the saxophone and the use of extra-musical instruments such as game-calls and water, he has developed a unique voice in music. Gregor won first prizes as best improviser at international music competitions XL-Jazz and Gent Jazz festival competition. He has been involved in experimental music, jazz, multi-disciplinary projects with performers, visual artists and artificial intelligence. He is a band-member of Junk Orbit, Parallel Asteroid, DOKO, Auralisation Ensemble, Osmosis Project and critically acclaimed European-Saxophone-Ensemble. He has performed all over Europe, Asia and South-America at international music festivals and concert venues, such as: Festival Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin, Festival Internacional de Musica Experimental Sao Paulo, Shanghai Jazzfestival, Jazz D`Or Strassbourg, HdKW Berlin, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Gent Jazzfestival, Toots Thielemans Jazz Award Brussels, Follow the sound Festival Antwerpen, Storm!-Festival, LeXGiornate Milan, Gaume Jazz, Porgy&Bess Vienna, Ftarri Tokyo, LE Osaki Tokyo, Koko Club Helsinki, Hot Club Lisboa, Estonian Academy of music, Improvised Music Co. Dublin.

Lan Cao is a versatile musician encompassing a wide range of stylistic influences, with repertoire from classical to contemporary music and interdisciplinary works. She is an advocate of contemporary music and has
earned a wide range of ensemble experience in festivals namely Klangspuren with Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Festival Ircam Paris@Manifest, Impuls Festival – with Ian Pace and Ensemble Klangforum Wien and Ultraschall Festival with Ensemble KNM Berlin, etc. She is also active in the experimental improvised music scene, notably with project Osmosis at Strom Festival Cologne 2013, with Parallel Asteroid at FIME festival in São Paulo, with intermedial ensemble Auralisation at Festival Frischzelle Cologne, with the interdisciplinary ensemble Moment! at Festival Ankuft Neue Musik Berlin, at Musiklabor concert series in Cologne and Festival Kölner Musik Nacht, solo piano at Stadtgarten Köln, Loft Köln and at Festival Ad Hoc Köln, etc. With the electro-acoustic duo Parallel Asteroid, she has been touring in Germany, Japan and Brazil.


Time: Saturday October 22nd, 2-4 pm
Venue: Meridian Space
Workshop fee: 60 RMB


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