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#URLA. Sonic MetaParade

September 1, 2019

#Urla. Sonic MetaParade is an itinerant work by Yuval Avital which involves over 250 performers in a sonorous procession through the Sassi district in Matera. Curated by Nicola Scaldaferri, #Urla features traditional Lucan instruments and masks alongside contemporary instruments, poetry and theatrical actions in a two-hours “geographical score”.
Cowbells of San Mauro Forte, Cupa-Cupas and Masks of Tricarico, the Arbëreshë choir of San Costantino Albanese, Bagpipes of The Pollino, Rumiti of Satriano, Pipers and Bassa Musica of Accettura, Marching Band of Tito and other performers will wind along various itineraries, and blend with electric guitars, drum sets and mobile soundspeakers.

The event will start in Piazza Vittorio Veneto at 6pm. The public “can choose to pass between the itinerant ensembles, wonder freely among the ancient streets or lay down on a rooftop, listen from a hot-air Ballon or sit near one of the sonic stations for the entire show. The experience should be lived fully and freely.” The parade will end around 8pm in Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. A “sonic festival” with no fixed duration will follow.

This performance will conclude the Open Sound Festival, an official event of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. A presentation with the author, Chambers of #URLA, will take place on Wednesday, 28th at 6:30pm in Matera (Ex convent “Le Monacelle”, via Riscatto 11).

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The Legendary Epic of Kosovo and “The Song of the Wedding of Halil”

November 13, 2018

The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies of the Fondazione “Giorgio Cini” (Venice), promoted and hosted an international event dedicated to the tradition of epic singing in Kosovo, in collaboration with the LEAV, the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature (Harvard University) and the Institute of Albanian Studies (Priština). An introductory seminar has been followed by a concert featuring the greatest living performer of that tradition, the singer Isa Elezi Lekgjekaj (born 1947).

The seminar, led by Nicola Scaldaferri, has been attended by Ettore Cingano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), David F. Elmer (Harvard University), and Zymer Ujkan Neziri (Institute of Albanian Studies, Priština). The event also offered an occasion to present an editorial project by Nicola Scaldaferri, Wild Songs, Sweet Songs (Kânga t’egra, Kânga të buta). The Albanian Epic in the Collections of Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord.

The concert included a complete performance of The Song of the Wedding of Halil with Italian subtitles. The çiflteli player Hasan Hasani accompanied Isa Elezi Lekgjekaj, performing some instrumental pieces.

The event took place at the Fondazione “Giorgio Cini”, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice). The seminar started at 3:30 pm; the concert followed at 6:30 pm.

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Photographs by Nicola Scaldaferri, Simone Tarsitani, Gianfranco Tarsitani, and Costantino Vecchi.