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Four events with musicologist and composer Luciano Chessa



Four events with musicologist and composer Luciano Chessa

Lecture and musical performances

Luciano Chessa is among the most interesting and inventive minds currently working in the Bay Area. Active as a composer, performer, conductor and musicologist, Chessa’s work draws heavy influence from experimentation, blending unorthodox ideas with classical form. Imaginative in its embrace of the avant-garde, Chessa’s music quickly reveals the promise of the timbral and conceptual possibilities afforded by his innovative approach. Chessa’s music has featured prominently on programs across Europe, Australia and the United States. Luciano Chessa attended the Conservatory of Bologna where he earned a DMA in piano and an MA in music composition. Arriving in California in 1998 Chessa continued his studies in musicology at the University of California, Davis where he earned his PhD in 2004. He currently serves on the composition faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Events with Luciano Chessa in San Francisco during January 2016: Thurs. 21 January, 7:30pm: “Music the Dead Can Hear”: Theosophical Presences in Luigi Russolo’s Art of Noises. Lecture organised by the Leonardo da Vinci Society, held in the Museo Italoamericano, Fort Mason Centre, 2 Marina Blvd., Building C, SF. Luciano Chessa is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph to be dedicated to the Futurist Russolo, published to critical acclaim by the University of California Press. Chessa’s study and his lecture present a completely new reading of the mechanical sound synthesizers—the intonarumori— which painter/musician Luigi Russolo created beginning in 1913: a reading that traces the roots of Russolo's instrument to Leonardo da Vinci's noisemakers. Chessa, along with other Italian scholars, has reestablished the previously unacknowledged prominence of occultism, including Theosophy, in early 20th-century Italian culture. There it operated in tandem with contemporary scientific ideas about X-rays and wireless telegraphy—all with an emphasis on waves and vibrations and their new communicative potential. With that background he argues that both Russolo’s noise aesthetics and its practical manifestation—the intonarumori—were for him and his Futurist associates elements of a multi-levelled experiment to reach higher states of spiritual consciousness. RSVP: email More details here. Sat. 23 January, 3pm: New Strands Festival. Strand Theatre, 1127 Market St. The New Strands Festival (21-24 January) is a vehicle for allowing artists to present experiments and works in progress to a Bay Area audience. It will include new theatrical pieces, readings, and contemporary music including that of Luciano Chessa (23 January, 3pm). Free. Please click here for more information. Sat 23 January, 8pm: Resonance is Harmony. The Lab, 2948 16th St. Ellen Fullman, composer, performer and instrument designer, will present two duet collaborations with composer/performers: Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and Luciano Chessa, dan bau. Both Bruckmann and Chessa extend their instruments beyond the traditional repertoire, exploring personal vocabularies of new sound production. The concert will be divided into two sets, each a series of structured improvisations. More information here. Wed. 27 January, 7:37pm: Ectoplasmic Variations. Centre for New Music, 55 Taylor St. Three highly singular electro-acoustic musical intermediums set phasers on “other.” Strobes, trance, saws, and accordions will be deployed in the service of aesthetic emanations from aetheric realms. Luciano Chessa plays musical saw and electronics in this collaborative concert with Sam Ashley and John Krausbauer. Tickets: $10/15 (door only). More details here.


Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Entrance : Free