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June 30, 2017

Vision, my abstract short video inspired by Diderot’s Encyclopédie, has been selected for screening at the festival “A minimal view” held in Padua from the 3rd to the 30th of June.

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June 9, 2017

My last piece Then Silence, and Stillness, and Night for prepared piano and ensemble was awarded the first prize at the “Premio del Conservatorio 2017”. It has been premiered by the mdi ensemble at the Milan Conservatory on June 9. The prize consists in 5.000 euros for the commission of an orchestral piece to be premiered next year. The awarded piece will be recorded and released on CD for the magazine “Suonare News”.

May 27, 2017

Happy to contribute to the final event of the Franco Agostino Teatro Festival in my home town Crema (Italy). Children and teenagers from local schools will move and dance to a few pieces of mine in different styles: an electronic groove, a dreamy piece, a ragtime. The final song, that will be sung by hundredths of children, is a playful remix of some Beethoven quotations such as “Für Elise” and the beginning of the 5th Symphony (lyrics by the amazing Nicola Cazzalini).

March 2017

My piece Déjà-vu 1 for percussion ensemble has been selected to be included in the Datenbank Neue Musik, a database for contemporary music listing works by contemporary composers which are suitable for school practice and ensemble work.

November 26, 2016

My video The Light-House is being screened at the Diffrazioni Festival in Florence at 10pm. Here is a short description of the work:

“The Light-House” is an experimental short film drawn upon the last, unfinished tale by Edgar Allan Poe. On Oct. 3, 1849 Poe was found in a street in Baltimora, in great distress and wearing clothes that were not his own. He died on Oct. 7, without having a chance to shed light on the causes of his death. According to his biographer Kenneth Silverman, between May and August 1849 Poe wrote 4 pages of the so-called “Griswold” manuscript, where the draft for this incomplete tale is found. It is in the form of a diary kept by the new lighthouse keeper, who has just arrived in such a remote and solitary place. The main aesthetic and cultural reference for my short film (for which I made both the audio and the video) is the silent cinema of the 1920s and 30s, and in particular its abstract and non-narrative experiments. The original text has been reduced to a few, significant excerpts that form a wandering and vague narrative, ending in the final dissolution. All images were made using home-made objects and old-fashioned optical special effects.

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November 19, 2016

La ragazza Carla, the documentary by Alberto Saibene with my music, will be broadcast on the channel Rai Storia at 10pm.

September 2016

My last musicological essay on Ligeti’s Etude White on White has been published on the online journal Analitica. The abstract can be found here. Enjoy!

August 5, 2016

My piece Haunted for amplified guitar has been played at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik by the wonderful Ruben Mattia Santorsa. Here is the live recording of the piece!

April 2016

A nice surprise in the mailbox: the printed edition of Déjà-vu 2 for violin and street sounds, by Ars Publica. Love the folding sheet!

 

March 21, 2016

Mahlers Fische, my divertissement for ensemble based on Mahler’s Lied Des Antonius Von Padua Fischpredigt, was included in a delightful concert featuring shadow puppets, held at the Milan Conservatory.

February 26, 2016

My piece Edgar’s Visions has been selected for an open rehearsal in Milan with the Ensemble Shallfeld, ensemble in residence at the 2016 Darmstadt International Summer Course. Can’t wait to hear the piece!

December 19, 2015

Good news! Today I am starting to work as a Professor of Harmony and Music Theory at the Conservatorio “Lorenzo Perosi” in Campobasso, Italy.

December 2015

The recording of my orchestral piece Buildings is now available on Soundcloud at this link. Thanks again to the orchestra and the conductor for the amazing job!

September 30, 2015

I have been selected by the Italian music journalist Paola Maugeri as an emerging talent for the interesting project My Music Coffee by the Sicilian coffee makers Moak. My music is currently associated with the “classic” coffee capsules, and it can be listened via a QR code.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 18:30, Libreria Feltrinelli in Napoli (Piazza dei Martiri) – I will be playing the selected piece Music Box and other recent music for piano and electronics!

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September 18, 2015

The film “La ragazza Carla”, drawn upon a beautiful poem by Elio Pagliarani, is being premiered tonight at 21:30 at the Mare Culturale Urbano (via F.lli Zoia 10, Milano). Here is a very short bonus track from my original soundtrack, where the intense voice of the poet can be heard.

“La ragazza Carla”
with Carla Chiarelli and Elio
directed by A. Saibene
a project by Luca Bigazzi, Carla Chiarelli, Carlotta Cristiani, Gianfilippo Pedote, Simone Pera, Alberto Saibene
edited by Maria Chiara Piccolo and Carlotta Cristiani
produced by Gianfilippo Pedote
photography by Luca Bigazzi and Simone Pera
drawings by Gabriella Giandelli
original soundtrack by Pietro Dossena

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July 2015

Working on the soundtrack for the film “La ragazza Carla” by Alberto Saibene. This is my very portable studio: a MacBook Pro for the editing in Logic Pro X, an audio interface, a keyboard, an iPad with a few supercool music apps, headphones and monitors.
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February 5, 2015

My orchestral piece Buildings won the annual call for scores at the Conservatory of Milano. It will be premiered at the Sala Verdi by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio. The invited conductor is the wonderful Tito Ceccherini! The concert programme is found here.

October 24, 2014

My electroacoustic piece Santa Barbara Portraits, selected as a finalist in the 2014 Luigi Russolo Contest, was awarded the Gianfranco Maffina Mention for the innovation in the composition. It was played in the final concert at the MACBA in Barcelona on Oct. 24 (Festival LEM). It will also be played at the Studio Forum acousmonium during the Le Bruit de la Neige Festival, and it will receive airplay on the Música i Geografia and Música i Química radio programmes, on Barcelona’s FM frequency, Radio France, Radio Libertaire (Paris), … The piece will also be included in a CD to be released by Monochromevision (Moscow) in Jan. 2015.

August 4-16, 2014

I attended the Synthetis International Summer Course for Composers in Radziejowice, Poland. It has been a wonderfully enriching experience! Here is a nice group photo taken by Adam Walanus.

Synthetis 2014

At the final concert, held on Aug. 15, the accordionist Maciej Frackiewicz beautifully played my latest piece Sonnet 104, inspired by a Shakespeare sonnet (listen).

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