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Giacinto Scelsi: the composer and his works



Giacinto Scelsi: the composer and his works

                         in Rome   sounds
lonely life                          sounds
annihilation of what makes man opaque

This excerpt from “Life of Giacinto Scelsi written by himself” gives a mighty and enlightening insight on a reserved and meditative, ascetic and evanescent composer whose signature is the circle representing the sun in zen symbolism.
Giacinto endlessly explores the sound as “the first motion in the Immovable” by creating music, and he strives to fade behind the sound of (his) music not only by deliberately leaving little and enigmatic information about himself and always refusing to be portrayed, but even by abhorring dates and concealing those of his compositions, to turn them into something merely hypothetical.
To examine the personality and works of this revolutionary artist of sounds, the Italian Cultural Institute is delighted to feature a conversation between violinist Marco Fusi and composer Dimitri Scarlato.


Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Pierluigi Billone, Salvatore Sciarrino, Peter Eötvös, Raphaël Cendo and Brian Ferneyhough.
Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Meitar Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel) and Handwerk (Köln). Marco records for Kairos (Pierluigi Billone ITI. KE. MI / Equilibrio. Cerchio), Stradivarius (Salvatore Sciarrino works for violin and for viola; John Cage Freeman Etudes; Scelsi Collection Vol. 7), Col Legno and Geiger Grammofon.
Marco also plays viola d'amore, commissioning new pieces and collaborating with composers to promote and expand existing repertoire for the instrument. A strong advocate and educator of contemporary music, he lectures and workshops at Columbia University, University of California - Berkeley, Basel Musikhochschule, New York University, Boston University, Royal Danish Academy of Music - Copenhagen, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse - Strasbourg, University of Chicago. Under the artistic and musical direction of Pierre Boulez, Marco was a member of Lucerne Festival Academy from 2007 to 2012. Marco teaches Contemporary Chamber Music at the Milano conservatory “G. Verdi”.

Dimitri Scarlato is a composer and conductor born and raised in Rome where he studied Composition, Piano and Conducting at the Conservatorio di Musica S.Cecilia. In 2004 he moved to London to attend a Masters in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in 2014 he completed a Doctorate in Composition at the Royal College of Music, which in 2010 selected him as a RCM Rising Star.
His music has been performed in several venues across Europe such as the Barbican Hall and the Cadogan Hall in London and Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Italian institution which regularly worked with Stravinsky) premiered his opera Fadwa in May 2013 at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome.
His activity spans from contemporary classic music, opera, theatre, films and pop music. In 2007 he worked in the music pre-production of Sweeney Todd, by Tim Burton, and in 2009 he composed the music for The City in the Sky, which has been selected at the 66th Venice Film Festival. In 2011 Dimitri has been selected at VOX3 - Composing for Voice at the Royal Opera House of London, and at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2011 as a film composer.
In 2014 he was the music/conducting coach for Sir Michael Caine on the film Youth, by the Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino.
In 2015 he won the 3rd Composition Competition at the International Spring Orchestra Festival, with his piece Caduceo, written for two pianos and had his opera The Christmas Truce premiered at the Teatro Palladium in Rome.
Over the last years he worked on several cinematic projects including Sparks & Embers, a British independent film starring Kris Marshall (released in the UK in 2015), and Thala my Love, a Tunisian independent film about the ‘Arab spring’, previewed at the Carthage Film Festival 2016.
This current year he was at Later with Jools Holland as arranger and conductor for the American indie band Queens of the Stone Age.
Dimitri lives in London where he also lectures History of Music at the Royal College of London, focussing on contemporary classic music, opera and films.

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Data: Lun 11 Dic 2017

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

In collaborazione con : City University e Fondazione Isabella Scelsi

Ingresso : Libero