Field Recording and Soundscape Composition

February 25 – May 6, 2019

The experimental music and audiovisual art season INNER_SPACE, organised by San Fedele Musica and Plunge, will host a series of six lesson coordinated by Maurizio Corbella and Nicola Scaldaferri. This cycle inaugurates a partnership between the Fondazione Culturale “San Fedele” and the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment of the University of Milan. All meetings will focus on the relationship among artistic practices,  soundscape, and field recording. The aim is to provide food for thought about how music, technologies and sonic spaces relate to each other.

All lessons will take place at the San Fedele Auditorium, the only Italian concert hall equipped with an acusmonium, and will be followed by a concert or an acousmatic screening. Meetings start at 7pm, while following events start at 9pm.



February 25 – R. Murray Schafer’s Soundscape (Nicola Scaldaferri, University of Milan)

Concert: Ars Monodica and Robert Lippok

March 4 – The Film’s Sonic Space (Maurizio Corbella, University of Milan)

Acousmatic screening: The Mirror (1975) by Andrej Tarkovskij

March 18 – The Wordl Soundscape Project (Giovanni Cestino, University of Milan)

Concert: Janek Schaefer and Rafael Anton Irisarri

April 8 – Ambient Music (Giacomo Albert, University of Turin, CIRMA)

Concert: Otolab and Recipient Collective

April 15 – On Sound in Tarkovskij’s Cinema (Maurizio Corbella, University of Milan)

Acousmatic screening: Solaris (1972) by Andrej Tarkovskij

May 6 – The RAI Studio of Phonology and Milan’s Soundscapes (Nicola Scaldaferri, University of Milan)

Concert: Christina Vantzou and Optical Machines




“Sacred Mountains” in Paris

Monday 18, 2019

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris presents and co-sponsors a screening of the film Sacred Mountains (2017). After the screening, Nicola Scaldaferri will discuss with Nathalie Clayer of EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences).

The event will take place at the Grande Salle of the Institute, at 7 pm.



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.




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

Music and Memory: the “Uncle from America”

October 5, 2018

A lecture-recital will be held by Nicola Scaldaferri at the Hofstra Cultural Center (Hofstra University, Long Island, NY) as part of the Italian-American Experience Lecture Series.

The lecture discusses the musical and cultural activity of Italian migrants in New York and on Long Island before and after World War II, and examines the case study of Joe Chiaffitella (1900-1980).

Nicola Scaldaferri will also perform traditional music on the zampogna (bagpipe), accompanied by Massimo Cusato (tamburello).

The event will take place at the Helene Fortunoff Theater at 7 p.m.


“Sacred Mountains” in Viggiano

June 15, 2018

Screening and public discussion in the place of one of the pilgrimages of the film Sacred Mountains (2017).

Introduced by Vittorio Prinzi, former major of the town; with the participation of don Paolo D’Ambrosio, Rector of the Sanctuary of S. Maria del Sacro Monte.

The event will take place at the Auditorium “Giovanni Paolo II” in Viggiano (Potenza), at 6:30 pm.


The Song of the Wedding of Halil

May 30-31, 2018

Isa Elezi-Lekgjekaij (in civil records Isa Muriqi, born 1947) is nowadays the greatest epic singer in Rugova district. This area, at the border with Albania and Montenegro, is recognized as the most important repository for the living Albanian epic tradition accompanied with lahuta – the one stringed bowed instrument also known as gusle in the Slavic culture.

His repertoire includes legendary epics about the deeds of the brothers Muji and Halil, which covers several thousands of formulaic verses. The singing is based on a few rhythmic and melodic patterns, continuously supported by the instrument which revolves around a small range of pitches.

The two-days work with Isa, carried out by Nicola Scaldaferri and Giovanni Cestino, aside from video recordings of The Song of the Wedding of Halil, gave chance to conversations about some features of the performance: the relationship between voice and lahuta observed from the timbral side, and the importance of body rhythm in managing the performance and shaping the structure of the song. Prof. Zymer U. Neziri (Institute of Albanian Studies in Prishtina) provided an invaluable help in organizing the trip to Rugova, as well as in the study of the recorded material.

Moreover, this occasion was a preliminary step towards an event scheduled for November 13th, 2018, promoted by the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies, Foundation “Giorgio Cini” in Venice. In that case, Isa’s performance will be offered in a concert form, and framed by a seminar about the issues raised by proposing nowadays such kind of epic songs to a general public, the textualization of the “composing in performance” process, and a more general discussion about media documentation and living performance.


Photographs by Nicola Scaldaferri, Giovanni Cestino and Linda Muriqi


Our thanks go to Mikaela Minga, Vesel Nikçi and Zymer Syla for their help during our journey to and back from Koshutan, and to family Muriqi for their hospitality.