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Xabier Iriondo is a musician and composer, born in the early seventies from basque father and italian mother.
His career began at seventeen with an electric guitar that he still plays now.
Between 1992 and 2001 he made 5 albums and hundreds of concerts with the rock band Afterhours, 3 albums with the indie/rock band Six Minute War Madness and 3 albums + 2 miniCDs with the A Short Apnea project.
In 2001 he started to explore the possibilities gave him by some handbuilt instruments he made and the meeting between these weird instruments and electronic music, field recordings and electroacoustic instruments.From 2005 to 2010 he opens in Milan SOUND METAK, a vintage/collector instruments and musical objects shop where he organize concerts/performances.
Xabier’s house is a villa original from the 20′s in the heart of the Isola district in the city of Milan.
The villa belongs to a build-up area raised for the managers of the national electric company at the beginnig of the century; the area was nearly totally abandoned during the post war period.
Xabier’s house was from 1920 to 1945 the venue of one of the comunist party in the city of Milan, and from 1945 to 2000 an ARCI club. The owner was a partisan. Xavier lives there since 2000.
In the basement there is the collection of his handmade instruments, where he still experiments and creates, while in the backyard there is a beautiful garden used as his daughter’s playground.