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Brera Design Days 2019

October 7, 2019

The event is organized by the Brera Design Disctrict, and incude a talk and the screenig of the documentary Vjesh/Singing, by Rossella Schillaci. The film tells the passage between different generation of women of the repertoire of polyphonic song in the arbëresh villages of S. Costantino and S. Paolo, in Basilicata; beside the presence of the singers, there is the presence of historical recording and old amateur videos embedded in the plot of the story, that focus on daily life, including rituals and religious festivals, a wedding, and accounts of emigrants story.

After the screening, a conversation between the filmmaker and Nicola Scaldaferri, who collaborated for the musical and ethnographic research.




Lines of Sounding Bodies

September 1, 2019

#URLA. Sonic Meta Parade took place on September 1st in Matera, as the closing event of the Open Sound Festival. More than 250 performers, who followed a “geographical score” by composer Yuval Avital, engaged the audience in a two-hour procession through the Sassi district where traditional performers, folkloric masks and modern instruments blended in an engaging sonic dialogue. (More here)

To capture his firsthand experience of the event, Giovanni Cestino realized an immersive audiovisual recording, wearing an action camera on his head, and DSM microphones as earphones. (The same gear has already been used in another recent documentary, Evening in the Old Town.)

He thus captured a protean performance from different points of observation – sometimes admiring it from afar, sometimes merging with it. The result will be a highly-subjective audiovisual product which aims to highlight both the sonic complexity and the incredible visual and cultural variety of that artistic project.



Official program notes

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Photographs by Monkeys VideoLab, Alida Guatri, and Giovanni Cestino.

Viaggio in Italia. Ethnomusic Video Mapping

September 14, 2019

The videotaping is realized by Karmachina with the musical research by Nicola Scaldaferri, and projected in Perugia on the facade of the cathedral, from 14 to 21 September 2019. It is inspired by the research of the American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax who, together with Diego Carpitella, traveled through Italy to discover the extraordinary variety of traditional music in Italy, a country that is one of the most important areas of ethnomusicology, in terms of extension and variety.

Divided into five sacred movements and five profane interludes, it crosses the different geographical areas of Italy, from Sicily and Sardinia to the Alps.

The patrimony of sacred visual art preserved in Umbria illustrates the sacred polyphonic traditions; the work songs have as visual counterpoint the photographic and film repertoire of the 50s and 60s.



Sagra Musicale Umbra Perugia videomapping