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Performing under the moniker Grand River, Aimée Portioli is a Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer of experimental electronic music, which she imbues with rich emotional colors. Influenced by minimalism and ambient music, her compositions are at once atmospheric and rhythmically complex, incorporating a wide range of contemporary compositional and production techniques.
Released in February 2023 on Editions Mego, her newest album All Above has been praised as her most ambitious and divergent composition yet. Merging acoustic instruments and synthesizers around profund and mournful piano arrangements, Portioli conjures vivid and complex emotional landscapes.
Besides her studio albums, Portioli has created original sound art installations, namely for Rome’s La Galleria Nazionale and Milan’s Il Pianeta, a project of Terraforma Festival. She also partakes in various artistic collaborations and has performed as Grand River at major international venues and festivals.
Portioli holds a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Linguistics and Communication of Milan. Her thesis explored the psychology of the communicative function of music in media. Her work today is motivated by similar questions of sound and music as a form of communication that transcends language.
She collaborates with visual artist Marco Ciceri on special A/V performances, as well as on the visuals for One Instrument, the record label she founded that invites artists to respond to a unique creative brief: to create a piece of music using a single instrument.
She recently contributed with the track ¨This Was Us¨ as part of the compilation released by Ghostly International, Thousands Of Eyes In The Dark, which was improvised solely on a Yamaha DX7.
Présentée avec le soutien de l’Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal.
Aimée Portioli (Grand River) is a Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer.
With All Above, Grand River delivers an ambitious project at the confluence of electronic and acoustic music, seeking the guiding forces that may be driving, enticing, and affecting us.