recordings

Canta Che Non Passa / Our Singing Will Stop the TAV



DOWNLOAD THE LYRICS OF THE CHANTS.

The work documents part of the repertoire of the informal choir “Canta Che Non Passa”. The choir is a spontaneous group of middle age/old people that constituted a part of the NO TAV* movement in Valsusa, northern Italy. The choir’s repertoire consists mainly of protest songs adapted from preexisting musical sources, with new lyrics that have been created from scratch.

I recorded the choir during one of their rehearsals. Rather position the microphone at a certain distance from the group to capture the multiplicity of voices, I chose to focus on individual voices of those members that sat beside me. This strategy was designed to stress the fallible and imperfect nature of the chorale and place emphasis on: 1) the singular/plural dimension of collective singing; 2) the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of non-professional voices.

* As clearly stated by the name of the choir (“Canta Che Non Passa” means “Sing, So It Won’t Pass” or better “Our Singing Will Stop It”, “Our Singing Will Stop the TAV”) the NO TAV movement opposes the creation of the new high speed railway line between Turin and Lyon. More info: brief history of the no tav movement and notav.info.

Thanks to Mariano, Renato, Fulvio, Gianni, Marisa, Gildo, Lucio, e tutt*.

Non Molleremo Mai / We Will Never Give Up



A 89 years old woman sings along with the musical motif of a well know football stadium chant. Her fragile voice clashes with the physicality of the music. Here’s the fight between life and death.

My Loss Will Be Your Gain



The material for this work comes from a tape cassette that I found in a derelict empty house. The material consists of a series of recording-tests performed by the woman who used to live in the house. The title of the piece – my loss will be your gain – refers to the accidental discovery of the tape after years of abandonment and neglect.

Up In The Valley



A documentation of the local/regional chants I recorded in Presegno (Valle Sabbia, Brescia, Italy) during the patron saint’s festival, San Lorenzo, 10 august 2013.

What emerges from the recordings is the vital energy of the voices that take part in the singing. The voices communicate a strong feeling of togetherness and collective excitement. Singing is an expression of joy that enhances social cohesion and contributes to the formation of a certain atmosphere of shared enthusiasm and self empowerment.

The english translation of the chants plays with the intraducibility of some local expressions and dialects. Rather than providing the full meaning of the chants, the speaker tries to guess and give some hints, thus emphasizing the constructed nature of words translation process.

Back to Back With Paolo



The audio work documents the encounter between me and Paolo, two amateur singers that accidentally meet on the street at night time. After a short introduction, the encounter turns into a back to back chanting battle. The street becomes the stage of a spontaneous performance. The chants, a way to discover each other.

Magnifying My Sphere of Power



Magnifying My Sphere of Power is an audio work where I sing and play drums along with a selection of my favourite hard core punk songs.

Based on my personal everyday-life musicking* activities, the project amplifies the power of music as an emotional inciter, an agitator that animates physical energy and self presence.

With this work I want to emphasize the role of the listener as a responsive agent that plays a central role in the musical process, and more generally reflect on what music listening means in terms of reconstruction of meaning (appropriation) and activation of personal agency (participation).

Memories of a Pigeon Shooter



An elderly man tells about his former career as amateur pigeon shooter. After telling about his prizes and victories, the meaning of his stories slowly comes to surface: the desire to remain somehow attached to his life memories and not be forgotten.

Playback Instruction: If the monologue exceeds your personal physical tolerance, leave the room where the recording is playing so that the shooter would suddenly find himself speaking alone with nobody listening to him.

(Fail We May) Sail We Must



This work includes two recordings of two different music rehearsal sessions that I recorded in the halls of a music school. The musicians in the recordings practice their pieces and repeat them over and over again. Their perseverance encourages listeners to understand failure as a necessary step in the process of growth. There’s no mistake you can’t learn from…

Tous Ensemble On Va Chanter



In this work, my friend Helen sings along with a recording I took of St.Etienne’s football supporters group Magic Fans (St.Etienne vs. Toulouse, 2011). The piece emphasizes the contagious nature of chanting. Despite Helen not being a member of the Magic Fans, she gets involved (affected/infected) quite easily and participates in the singing without hesitation. The recording concludes with a final comment by the guest singer talking about the power of collective chanting and how demanding it is to sing aloud.