Matera 2019

Imagine a symphony orchestra composed of hundreds of elements:  kestrels, white tuff, the eddies of Gravina, the slopes of Murgia, expanses of wild mallow.  This is the story of Matera through the acoustic musical score of its places.

The natural sounds of the landscape of Murgia Park and the Sassi will be analysed, mapped, reworked in digital, to capture their most authentic voice and transform them into different languages, from music to artistic and sound installations, through live performances, field recordings and soundscaping (Collaudi Sonori).

'Suoni del Futuro Remoto' (Sounds of the Distant Future) takes a winding route through visual and sound installations that will invoke the most fascinating views of Matera.  Through sound and phonetics techniques, the project will create a community of Basilicata musicians and internationally renowned artists, winding through educational paths and live performances.  The development of a large concert score made up of natural sounds will be the end goal of the Onix Collective, with the participation of trumpeter Paolo Fresu. Directed by the musician Joe Johnson, the world premiere of the composition will be performed by a live orchestra as a tribute to the city of Matera, its places outside of the realms of time, its sounds, to the permanent and temporary inhabitants who will attend a unique and unrepeatable show.


Co-produced by
Onyx Jazz Club Matera

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Project Partners:

Lab Sonic, Italy
Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy
Ente Musicale di Nuoro, Italy
Hoob Record, Sweden
Associazione Semente, Italy
I.I.S. “E.Duni - C.Levi” Liceo Classico - Liceo Artistico Matera, Italy
Scuola APM - Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale, Italy
Parco della Murgia Materana, Italy
Città di Saluzzo (CN), Italy
Città di Guardia Perticara (PZ), Italy
Musikcentrum OST, Sweden


Joe Johnson, USA
Paolo Fresu, Italy
Gaze of Lisa, Italy 
Nils Berg Cinemascope, Sweden 
Hilde Marie Holsen, Norway

Collettivo Onyx: Marta Gadaleta, Gianfranco Menzella, Mike Rubini, Pepi Romaniello, Biagio Orlandi, Nicolò Petrafesa, Gianni Vancheri, Rino Locantore, Pasquale Gadaleta, Giacomo Mongelli.

UniBanda, Università della Basilicata: Silvana Kuhtz; Chiara Rizzi, Federica Benedetto, Maria Cristallo, Antonio Marmora, Donato Miglionico, Giovanni Ostuni, Lucia Rubino, Giuseppe Solazzo, Margherita Tusone con Joseph Burton e Zoé Marilier.

Supported by BCC Basilicata

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