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






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).

Event page (Matera 2019 Events)

Open Sound Festival Program


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.

More (Official website)



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.

More (Official website)