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Merry Christmas!

LEAV – Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology Lab wishes you a Merry Christmas with a short video filmed by Nicola Scaldaferri in San Costantino Albanese (PZ, Italy)! The female vocal ensemble Lule Sheshi, coached by Papàs Giampiero Vaccaro, performs here the Christmas Apolitikion from the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. In this performance – filmed in the Church of St Constantine the Great (Greek Byzantine Catholic Church, Italo-Albanese Eparchy of Lungro) – a monodic version in Albanian is coupled with a polyphonic setting in Greek (two voices on a drone called ison). Antonietta Brescia (1929) also appears in the video. She is the only one in the village who still remembers the old liturgical songs, which she performed for the last time in Christmas 1947 (see below the photo by Giuseppe Chiaffitella).


Lindja jote, o Krisht Perëndia ynë, * shkrepi në jetë dritën e ditu- risë, * se për të dhe adhuruesit e ylëzvet * nga ylli qenë të mësuar * të të adhurojnë tyj si diellin e drejtësisë * dhe të të njihjin si lindje prej së larti. O Zot, lavdi tyj.

Ἡ γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, * ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ, * τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως· * ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοῖς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, * ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο· * σὲ προσκυνεῖν, * τὸν Ἥλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης, * καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους * ἀνατολήν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

I ghènnisìs su, Christè o Theòs imòn, * anètile to kòsmo * to fòs to tis ghnòseos; * en aftì gar i tis àstris latrèvondes * ipò astèros edhidhàskondo * se proskinìn * ton Ìlion tis dhikeosìnis, * ke se ghinòskin ex ìpsus * anatolìn. Kìrie, dhòxa si.

“1947 Christmas Choir”, photo by Giuseppe Chiaffitella (Antonietta Brescia is fourth from the right)

Ethnomusicology and Visual Ethnography

December 15, 2020

As part of the “Sguardi Sonori” Series, organized by Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Nicola Scaldaferri will take part to a workshop on ethnomusicology and visual ethnography. The event will start at 4pm, and will be web-streamed on FB and YT pages of Università di Cagliari.

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Artistic Paths around Enzo Schillizzi

August 7, 2019

As part of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, the Arbërësh village of San Costantino Albanese (PZ) becomes “Capital for a day” with a special event dedicated to its local artworks. In addition to street art events and exhibits, private houses and public spaces with works by Enzo Schillizzi and Carlo Levi open their doors to visitors. The event will culminate in the meeting “San Costantino Albanese as a spread art museum”. An official welcome by the authorities will be followed by two talks by Carlotta Ghiretti (LEAV, University of Milan) and Lorenzo Ferrarini (University of Manchester). A discussion with testimonials on Levi’s and Schillizzi’s activity in San Costantino  will be coordinated by Nicola Scaldaferri.

The event will start at the Casa Parco at 6pm. Free visits to public and private spaces will last from August 6th to 8th, each day from 10am to 7pm. More here.

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Videos from “Nusazit” in “Visione Unica”

June 9, 2019

The I-DEA project space, a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, will host Visione Unica. Cultures of Environmental Manipulation, an installation curated by Studio Formafantasma. Visione Unica is an installation which combines video projections on multiple screens ten and a small selection of vernacular objects. Among the projections, videos from the documentary DVD included in Nusazit by Nicola Scaldaferri will be displayed. Nusazit are pyrotechnic puppets typical of the feast of the Madonna della Stella in S. Constantino Albanese (PZ).
The inauguration will start at 6pm in Cava Paradiso, Contrada La Palomba, Matera (MT). The exhibition will last until September 15.

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Roundtable in Matera for “When the Trees Resound”

May 25, 2019

As part of the sound installation When the Trees Resound, the I-DEA project space, will host a roundtable dedicated to the Maggio of Accettura. Speakers include: American sound anthropologist Steven Feld, ethnomusicologist Nicola Scaldaferri, anthropologist Serena Facci, anthropologist Ferdinando Mirizzi, researcher and historian Don Beppe Filardi and the mayor of Accettura Alfonso Vespe. I-DEA Associate Curator, Chiara Siravo will moderate the discussion. Bassa Musica bands and spontaneous musicians, led by Alberico Larato, will perform live music throughout the event.
The roundtable will start at 5pm in Cava Paradiso, Contrada La Palomba, Matera (MT).

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“When the Trees Resound” for Matera 2019

May 11-25, 2019

The I-DEA project space, a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, is hosting an installation in Cava Paradiso dedicated to the Maggio of Accettura. The soundscape composition by Steven Feld occupies the core of an immersive space, designed to enhance the listening experience. Simultaneously, two monitors at the entrance project a series of photographs by Stefano Vaja and Lorenzo Ferrarini of the Maggio. This installation, a project by Nicola Scaldaferri, brings Feld’s soundscape composition in an exhibition space for the first time, as part of a prestigious context where archival materials from Basilicata are brought to life in innovative and interactive ways.

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