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Rinviato per emergenza sanitaria il convegno "Research-led Performance 'Instantanee' - Collective improvisation in Europe: styles and techniques"

FONDAZIONE CINI - VENEZIA

Research-led Performance

“Instantanee”

Collective improvisation in Europe: styles and techniques

Improvised music has  coexisted with Western written music in every phase of its history, in ways that have varied from time to time. The Istituto per la Musica has shown a keen interest  in this  historical aspect, as demonstrated by publications like Studies in Historical Improvisation. From Cantare super Librum to Partimenti, edited by Massimiliano Guido, and Musical Improvisation and Open Forms in the Age of Beethoven, edited by Gianmario Borio and Angela Carone (London: Routledge, 2017 and 2018). In the 1960s and 1970s, the collective dimension of improvisation took centre stage with a high degree of freedom thanks to ensembles of composers-performers such as AMM, Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Musica Elettronica Viva and New Phonic Art; in these same decades, jazz was in the midst of an extraordinary phase of innovation and creativity well represented in Europe by groups like the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Globe Unity Orchestra and Instant Composers Pool. This historical phase is a benchmark for the renewed interest in improvisation shown by musicians and musicologists of  today.

The teachers of this workshop - Walter Branchi, John Heineman, Evan Parker and Giancarlo Schiaffini – all played a leading role in these historical events. Their first-hand accounts and instrumental teaching will be accompanied by contributions from musicologists who have carried out extensive research on this repertoire: Valentina Bertolani, Vincenzo Caporaletti, Laurent Cugny and Sabine Feisst, Ingrid Pustijanac and Veniero Rizzardi.

The practical sessions are dedicated to the acquisition of the techniques and performance styles that characterised the ensembles of those two decades; particular emphasis is placed on the collective dimension of the performance, on the interactions between the members of the group and on the construction of non-conventional languages. The musicological sessions will focus on the historical-cultural contexts, the aesthetic premises, the choice of materials and the temporal articulation of the improvisations recorded on audio and audio-video media.

The workshop is part of the Research-led Performance series, first launched by  the Istituto per la Musica in 2016 with the aim of combining musicological and performance skills with the goal of encouraging  mutual integration. On the one hand, performance practice is put on a solid basis thanks to the acquirements of archive research and theoretical investigation; on the other, the musicological work may only profit if it proceeds in association with the experience of performing and listening. The combination of these activities generates a new and dynamic type of research.

11 March

Sala del Soffitto

Institutional greetings and introductory lecture

9:30 – 10:30

Gianmario Borio (Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Università di Pavia)

Sonic invention and the “Dialectics of liberation”: Free improvisation in Europe around 1968

11:00 – 13:00

Padiglione delle Capriate

Tour and exploration of the space

Padiglione delle Capriate

Pratical Session

Coordinated by Walter Branchi and John Heineman

15:00 – 18:00

12 March

Sala del Soffitto

Theoretical Session

10:00 – 13:00

Sabine Feisst (Arizona State University), Freedom and control in the music of New Phonic Art and Musica Elettronica Viva

Valentina Bertolani (University of Birmingham), Collective improvisation experiences in the UK: 1960s-1970s

Chair: Ingrid Pustijanac (Università di Pavia)

Padiglione delle Capriate

Practical Session

Coordinated by Walter Branchi and John Heineman

15:00 – 18: 00

13 March

Sala del Soffitto

Theoretical Session

10:00 – 13:00

 

Vincenzo Caporaletti (Università di Macerata), Analytical models for nonidiomatic Improvisation

Laurent Cugny (Université Sorbonne),  Back to the concept of improvisation: four embarrassments and five approaches

Chair: Veniero Rizzardi (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia and Conservatorio “Cesare Pollini” di Padova)

Padiglione delle Capriate

Practical Session

Coordinated by Evan Parker and Giancarlo Schiaffini

15:00 – 18:00

14 March

Padiglione delle Capriate

Practical session

Coordinated by Evan Parker and Giancarlo Schiaffini

10:00 – 13:00

18:30 – 20:00 Concert

 

 

06 marzo 2020