Music and Genocides

September 10, 2019

As part of an event organized by the association Nomus, Nicola Scaldaferri will held a conference on the relationship between music and genocides in the Ottoman Empire area. The conference will delve into some lesser-known (or completely unknown) cases, in which tragical historical events affected entire populations, discriminated against religious or ethnic basis. Musical practices bear traces of those stories, still echoing over the centuries in diasporic contexts. Visual and audio documentation – partly from the LEAV archives –  will help contextualising those cultural phenomena.
During the conference, an excerpt of Radio Genocide by Yuval Avital will be presented for the first time. In this work, the composer reworked archival sound and visual materials and propaganda broadcastings related to cases of genocide.

The event will take place in the Sala Conferenze of the Museo del Novecento at 5pm. A concert of rebetiko music will follow, featuring Emanuele Skoufas (tsouras, voice), Laura Pronestì (guitar), and Matteo Concina (percussions).


#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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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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