Period of residence: May-July 2024
Rizomagic is an electronic music duo created in 2020 by Diego Manrique, director of the avant-garde cumbia orchestra Niño Pueblo, and Edgar Marún, director of the ethno-afrobeat project Dorado Kandua. Their sound is mainly based on Afro-Colombian Caribbean music and IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) with a strong influence of ethnic sounds from around the world.
Their debut album, titled Voltaje Raizal, was released in 2020, and subsequently re-released for vinyl by the Italian label Disasters by Choice in 2021. The duo has performed on Colombian stages such as Colombia al Parque 2021 and went on its first international tour in 2022, performing in Germany, Holland, and Italy. Rizomagic is currently preparing the release of their sophomore album, Marimbitiaos, inspired by the music of the Colombian Pacific.
During their residency, Rizomagic intend to research and record sounds from the Swiss landscape, which they will later interweave with Colombian genres. They will also seek to experiment with electronic instruments to boost their creativity and bring a new sound and creative workflow to their practice. This process should result in an album based on tropical rhythms from Colombia and their fields recordings in Switzerland.