Museum MaGa · Gallarate
SATURDAY 8th JULY
from h. 09.00 pm
CATERINA BARBIERI – PATTERNS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Caterina Barbieri is a young Italian composer based in Berlin. After a bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic music from the conservatory of Bologna, she continued her studies in Stockholm, where she also had the chance to research and produce music at the prestigious Elektronmusikstudion (EMS). Since then, her work has been commissioned and performed in several festivals and venues of experimental music such as The Long Now, MaerzMusik, Atonal and CTM, Goethe Institute (JP), Norbergfestival (SE), Worm (NL), Angelica (IT), Istituto Svizzero (IT), Art’s Birthday Party (SE), De Montfort University (UK), Manchester University (UK), EGH (IT), Les Urbaines (CH), 73rd Venezia Film Festival (IT), NTS Radio, Red Bull Music Academy, and more.
She has composed music for old and new synthesizers as well as for string instruments. A focus on minimalism in composition arises from a meditation on primary waveforms and exploration of the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers.
Her second album Patterns of Consciusness has just been released for the American label Important Records, and gained an extremely positive critical acclaim throughout the music scene.
The historic quarry at Trontano
FRIDAY 21st JULY 2017
h. 09.30 pm
by W. A. Mozart
With simultaneous projection of the animated film “Aeterna” by Leonardo Carrano
Aeterna by Leonardo Carrano is an extraordinary, unique and exceptional work. Mozart’s Requiem is made even more intense by the creation of images where a world on a higher plane than ours appears…». (Ennio Morricone)
Aeterna is an experimental animated film, which springs from the sensations that its maker, Leonardo Carrano, experienced on listening to Mozart’s Requiem. The various parts of the famous Mass are interpreted through 14 films which make up an organic and multi-faceted whole derived from a range of animation techniques and ways of expression.
“I gradually allowed my myself to be overcome by wonder as I listened to the Requiem every day for twelve years (five listening to it passively and another seven while making the film), and it took shape in my work, through a mainly dreamlike process: the creative and the technical-artistic acts were triggered by a variety of inspirations which stem both from the music and from my life experience, which, inevitably, dominated a work that took so much time.” (Leonardo Carrano)
Each of the films was made with a co-director, whose individual sensitivity and artistic, cultural and technical contribution made the work even richer:
Mikulas Rachlik: Requiem Aeternam; Alessandro Pierattini: Kyrie, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Domine Jesu, Agnus Dei; Ada Impallara: Dies Irae; Renato Flenghi: Tuba Mirum; Luca Zoppi: Confutatis; Silvio Giorcelli: Lacrimosa, Sanctus; Luca Romani: Hostias; Alberto Antonio Dandolo: Benedictus; Alain Parroni: Lux Aeterna.
The historic quarry of Trontano
SATURDAY 22nd JULY 2017
h. 09.30 pm
NeXTones, the section dedicated to digital arts and new music is part of the programme again this year and comprises a selection of international works. Immersive performances will take us late into the night on an exploratory journey of the most recent forms of audiovideo interaction.
ROBERT HENKE – LUMIÈRE III
Robert Henke is an artist who is a specialist in the field of audiovisual installations and musical performance. With his substantial experience in engineering, and his sensitivity to the appeal of technology, Henke believes that the act of creating his own tools for work and the algorithms that control them plays a crucial role in the creative process.
An engineer and professor of Sound Design at the Arts University of Berlin, he has had a leading role in the development of the Ableton Live software which has been a fundamental tool in the production of electronic music since 1999. He is in charge of the Monolake music project, with nine albums and numerous singles to his credit from 1995 to the present day. His works have been shown at Tate Modern, the Pompidou Centre, moMA PS1 and at the most important international festivals.
Lumière III is the very latest version of the multimedia work which explores the boundaries of laser technology using their innate characteristics and pushing them to their limits. This has brought about the creations of images which have never been seen before covering the whole visual spectrum. We are taken from the purity of absolute white to almost total darkness, from colours which are impossible to achieve using traditional video technology to elegant and elaborate kinetic forms and phenomena.
In the title of the performance, Lumière, there is not only a reference to the medium used, light, but also to the pioneers of cinema, Auguste and Louis Lumière.
Robert Henke himself has developed the software that allows a constant connection to be maintained between the musical and visual elements, ending up with a lasting bond between the two media and making Lumière an extremely involving work which is somewhere between an electronic concert and visual art.
The laser control software, as well as the visual programming, the sound deisgn and the real-time interaction of these elements were all developed by Henke himself and he has created a special open-air version of the work using the most powerful laser equipment currently available.
BLANCK MASS – WORLD EATER
Blanck Mass is a Benjamin John Power’s project of the duo Fuck Buttons, who presents his third full-length album World Eater, recently published on Sacred Bones. Since his 2011’s beginning with Mogwai’s Rock Action, his world of sounds has evolved from an ambient trance to a more dynamic and rhythymic post-rave galaxy (Powell, Amnesia Scanner): music to listen and dance.
World Eater is a fierce album, which pours out the anger and frustration of the author for the contemporary confusion through rampant and industrial rhythms, while aiming, through a series of soft sound stratifications, to the attainment of a “clear and heavenly sensory ecstasy”.
Merchants is a musical exploration of unreal scenery, between current sounds and re-found samples, where global debris and techno pulsations meet in search of new, possible music. The duo, composed by Alberto Ricca (Bienoise) and Davide Amici, presents live songs of the same debut album with an energetic, strongly instinctive, ritual and hypnotic live, completely played without a computer.
Inspired by Detroit techno and New York eletronic, acid-house and garage music, Marco Shuttle is an Italian producer based in Berlin who has developed in the course of the years a very personal and profound style with his instrospective and psychedelic sets.
SUNDAY 23rd JULY 2017
h. 09.30 pm
Twelve musicians, six men and six women, simultaneously play twelve grand pianos. A concert, an event that is completely unique, with simultaneous, alternating and opposing rhythmic progressions.
The rhythmic structures, the 1056 black and white keys of the 12 pianos produce a spellbinding programme: surfaces, lines, interweaving sequences of sounds and colours that ebb and flow in dynamic musical harmony.
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto n° 34
A. Vivaldi: Summer
M. Mussorgsky: A Night At Mount Calvo
A. Mosolov: Iron Foundries
M. Mussorgsky: The Great Gate of Kiev
A. Kachaturian: Dance of the Swords
G. Gershwin: An American in Paris
J. Williams: E.T.
H. Zimmer: Pirates of the Carribean
H. Zimmer: The Gladiator
Metallica: Nothing Else Matters
The names of the twelve pianists: Matteo Andri, Valeria Anzil, Federica Bello, Caterina De Biaggio, Paolo Chiarandini, Giorgio Cozzutti, Caterina Croci, Renato Strukelj, Ferdinando Mussutto, Fabiana Noro, Daniele Russo, Agnese Toniutti.
Arrangements: Ferdinando Mussutto, Matteo Andri, Valter Sivilotti, Daniele Russo.
Artistic director: Valter Sivilotti and Ferdinando Mussutto.
For the Tones on the Stones concert, Piano Twelve is enhanced by attractive visual elements: installations and a video and dance area, all of which will create an exciting and poetic evening.
Tones On The Stones Kids
In 2017, alongside the traditional programme, a section dedicated to our younger guests and above all for residents from the mountain communities.
Without Children mountains will die
It is of the greatest importance to guarantee children the right to live and grow up in the mountains, safeguarding services and leisure opportunities, the chance to share, participate and grow. Children are the future for the mountains. Without them the small municipalities in the Piedmont hinterland and the rest of the country will die out. After years of dramatic depopulation, we want to help families who have returned to and decided to work in the highlands. To this end we need to make the right political and institutional choices both for families and their children.
Tones on the Stones offers a weekend of activities created specially for youngsters including shows, workshops and performing itineraries to put them in touch with nature and artistic production.
SATURDAY 15th JULY
h. 09.00 pm
FORO BOARIO DI CRODO
Hansel and Gretel
Hänsel und Gretel is a romantic opera in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck with a libretto by Adelheid Wette (the composer’s sister), based on the fable of the same name by the brothers Grimm. Composed in Frankfurt am Main in 1891, it was performed for the first time in Weimar on 23rd December 1893, successfully directed by Richard Strauss, who wrote to Humperdinck: “To tell the truth this is a first class work. I haven’t been so impressed by an opera for a very long time. What an agreeable spirit, what charm, what simple tunes, what art and skill in the management of the orchestra, and what a triumph in the general structure. My dear friend, you are a great maestro».
The performance has been creaated thanks to the Opera Studio Aterlier La Voce dell’Arte project that chooses young professionals and launches them on their operatic career by means of training workshops. The selected artists are given a grant and are lodged in the village of Crodo.
- Hansel (mezzosoprano)
- Gretel (soprano)
- Pietro (baritono)
- Geltrude (soprano)
- Strega Marzapane (mezzosoprano)
- ll Nano sabbiolino (soprano)
- ll Nano rugiadoso (soprano)
For this performance considerable involvement of the audience is foreseen: in the week of the performance there will be open rehearsals and free singing lessons for children and families with the aim of having the audience singing two small choral pieces which are included in the score of the opera. From May onwards through social media you will find tutorials posted to help you to get to know the opera and work on the parts to be sung. Children will have the chance to help construct the sets by making small props at home that they will be able to place on the stage before the performance.
SUNDAY 9th JULY
10.00 am to 05.00 pm
ORRIDI DI URIEZZO
Potions, Magical Spells and Witchcraft
Workshops and Performance in the Orridi di Uriezzo
The ancient fables of the Ossolan mountains will be used as a basis weaving the animated itinerary.
The project is directed by Cristina Bersanelli (Premio Abbiati 2017).
The Gorge, the Rock and the creativity of Tones on the Stones
Tones on the Stones, thanks to the know-how which has been accumulated over the years during work in the quarries, confronts the morphology of the Gorge, which consists of a series of large sub-circular caves linked by narrow passageways and winding tunnels. The walls have been carved into recesses, spirals and channels made by the violent and swirling waterfalls and in some places the walls are so close to each other that you can no longer see the sky.
This beguiling setting becomes the set for a series of stories, performances and workshops. With the particpation of actors, dancers and acrobats a multisensory itinerary will be created allowing participants to live an artistic experience in close contact with nature.