Salenta + Topu // Verena
Salenta + Topu
'Topu and Salenta had met in 2018 at a mutual friend’s house in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn and decided to jam together. Their connection was instant: though they weren’t recording with the intention of releasing the music they were making, the very first session they played together made its way onto an album.
Topu would bring dark chocolate to their sessions that they would eat while talking about their days, herbalizing, and eventually playing.'
'The keys tiptoe through space at some moments, and pirouette ecstatically at others. The cello provides a sonic backbone that glows like amber.'
'Both artists, as well as their community of friends and fellow musicians, see the music as healing. Topu and Salenta hope that listeners feel the peacefulness and liberation they experienced while creating these songs.'
Their debut album, Moon Set, Moon Rise, self-released on cassette in 2021, recently dropped on vinyl via Brussels-Rotterdam label Futura Resistenza in 2023, gaining notable attention. Copies of the final repress might be available by the time of this show.
Verena Rizzo (1994) is an Italian musician and composer based in Antwerp. Her compositions are a combination of Ambient, Folk and Classical Music. This union comes from her training in classical Double Bass, her strong connection with traditional Neapolitan music and curiosity toward sounds and melodies from the
various traditions she discovered in her travels.In her performances she improvises merging sonorities from different instruments (Oud, Banjo Mandoline, Baglama and Chitarra Battente) through the use of the loop