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International Composition Competition
A unique combination of International Music and Italian Poetry this initiative, organised on an annual basis, celebrates the power of Musical Composition mingled with the strength of the Italian Language.
A select group of young and talented composers who participate in the International competition are asked to create short compositions inspired by contemporary Italian poems. Their efforts then culminate in a final celebrating performance.
Origins of the initiative and its meaning
The strong relationship between poetry and music has been a feature of the culture of mankind since its origins and continues to be present in our times. The concept of a workshop linking music and poetry was born nearly two years ago in Tokyo where Stefano Fossati, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, and Maestro Carlo Forlivesi were working. Carlo was teaching music at various universities and Stefano was employed at the Italian Institute of Culture, Tokyo, to organize courses of Italian language and culture. Stefano was in charge of coordinating the Italian Language Week (La Settimana della Lingua Italiana Nel Mondo). Knowing his great talent and charisma as a composer and musician, Dr. Fossati wanted Maestro Forlivesi to create a special music event to include in the Italian language week programme.
A long series of meetings set up the basis on which the guidelines of the project were laid down. Its aim was to build a kind of laboratory that would allow artists of different cultures to work together on a pre-defined theme, combining the Italian language and the international language of music.
The first edition of the project, in Tokyo, availed itself of the artistic advice of Maestro Davide Anzaghi, from the Society of Contemporary Italian Music, and Maestro Marco Stroppa. It was, so to say, a timid start with regards to what was to follow.
In Melbourne, the presence of partners demonstrating great enthusiasm and creativity permitted us to structure the project in the right way.
In particular it is important to mention the vital contribution of the Faculty of the VCA and Music, the University of Melbourne, which has follows every phase of the project’s realization: from the formulation of appropriate guidelines, to the selection of the candidates, to the organization of the concert and music workshop.
“Unique forms of continuity in space” 2010 Edition
The main event of the 10th edition of the Week of Italian Language throughout the World will be a contemporary music and poetry workshop entitled “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”. It has already reached its third edition, the previous ones took place in Tokyo in 2008 and in Melbourne in 2009. The project, aimed above all at young international composers, has proven to be an extraordinary instrument of diffusion, not only of the Italian language but also more specifically of contemporary Italian poetry from which the original scores of the young composers are inspired. The format of the project forsees, in fact, the organisation of a contemporary music workshop during which young international composers, selected from a jury of experts, are invited to write a musical piece under the guidance of Maestro Carlo Forlivesi (http://www.alya.it/forlivesi).
Forlivesi, a composer of international fame, is very well know in Europe, Japan and the United States as a lecturer and speaker. His theoretical research is focussed above all on the use of the Italian language in musical composition, a use which the Maestro sustains goes well beyond the melodramatic works of the 1900s. For many centuries, in fact, composers from all of Europe have utilised poetic compositions in Italian as a source of inspiration for multiple forms of music, leaving a patrimony of numerous musical interpretations of early and modern poems. In this sense the idea at the basis of “Unique Forms” presents itself with the intention of celebrating the power of musical composition combined with the force of the Italian language articulating the relationship between music and poetry in an eclectic combination of artistic forms.
The Selection Panel presided by Carlo Forlivesi, University of Sapporo (Japan), consists of the Italian composers Marco Stroppa, University of Theatre and Music in Stockholm (http://www.marcostroppa.eu) and Gian Paolo Luppi from the National Conservatorium “Giovanni Battista Martini” in Bologna (http://www.conservatorio-bologna.com) and the Australian composer Stephen Whittington from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide (http://music.adelaide.edu.au/profiles/stephen_whittington).
For further information regarding the way to participate and how the candidates are selected please consult the competition announcement (in English) in attachment; while for the 2009 edition one can consult the page “Musical Composition Workshop” from the Events menu of the Institute website.
The selected composers, who will make up the list of finalists, should draw inspiration for their original compositions from unpublished poems containing the theme of this year’s edition of the Week of Italian Language. They are written by Italian authors coordinated by the Florentine poet Rosaria Lo Russo (http://www.rosarialorusso.it). Presently, the poets Antonella Anedda, Gianmaria Annovi, Maria Attanasio, Mariella Bettarini, Franco Buffoni, Dome Bulfaro, Maria Grazia Calandrone, Massimiliano Chiamenti, Florinda Fusco, Marco Giovenale, Paolo Fabrizio Iacuzzi, Vivian Lamarque, Rosaria Lo Russo, Gabriella Maleti, Alessandro Raveggi, Lidia Riviello, Massimo Rizzante, Massimo Sannelli, Marco Simonelli, Maria Luisa Vezzali and Edoardo Zuccato have confirmed their participation having sent their texts.
With regards, instead, to the participation of the musicians, we have received 47 applications from all over the world: from Azerbajan to Belgium, from Austria to Malaysia, from Israel to Argentina, the United States, New Zealand, Japan, Italy and various other countries.
The growing number of applications received since the first edition of “Unique Forms” is most significant and without a doubt constitutes a great success for the promotors of the competition, especially given that expenses such as transport, daily allowance and accommodation have to be paid for by the participants who only receive the musical workshop free of charge. Each one of them, furthermore, must document a well-launched musical career providing a qualified indication of their motivation and commitment.. of The twelve finalists selected by the jury have confirmed their partecipation to the workshop that will take place at the Italian Institute of Culture between 11 and 14 October. Please find their names and respective nationalities listed below:
Cella Carmine Emanuele (Italian), Chong Huey Ching (Malaysian), Gasim-Zada Turkar (Azerbaijani), Hsieh Annie (Australian), Kiyama Hikari (Japanese), Lee Chie Tsang Isaiah (Malaysian), Monducci Giulia (Italian), Moon Ji Eun Korean), Namba Ken (Japanese), Neyrinck Frederik (Belgian), Pinto D'Aguiar Montt Felipe (Chilean), Planells Schiaffino (Spanish).
At the end of the Laboratory, the jury will select the pieces believed to be the best and they will be presented and performed in a series of concerts which will be held in the month of October at the Iwaki Auditorium in Melbourne, the Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne and at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, South Australia.
The final part of the project forsees the creation of a poetic anthology which will be published in a bilingual edition with English translations of the Italian texts edited by Italo-Australian poets. It will be published by the local company Little Fox Press which is specialised in poetry texts and is distributed in the main book shops.
The publication of the the poems, already carried out for the 2009 edition of “Unique Forms” and distributed on the occasion of events organised in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, has proven to be an important instrument of diffusion of the Italian language and maintains its validity beyond the occasion in which it was produced.
Furthermore, a CD with a recording of the concert will be made once again this year in collaboration with ABC Classic FM and will accompany the poetic anthology.
The project is promoted by this Italian Institute of Culture thanks to the contribution of the Federazione CEMAT –Sonora, and the support of the national radio station ABC Classic FM which has made the Iwaki Auditorium available for the final concert and will carry out, furthermore, the digital recording of the performance for the above-mentioned CD.
The events in Adelaide will be realised in collaboration with the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, which has made the Elder Auditorium available, and the Australian Experimental Arts Foundation (http://aeaf.org.au).
Finally the productive collaboration of the following institutions, organisations and associations in Italy and in Australia should be highlighted: the Consulate General of Italy, Melbourne, the City of Milan (departments of Health and Culture), the City of Melbourne, the Dante Alighieri Society, Atlha Onlus, the Italian Society of Contemporary Music, Jeunesse Musicales Italia sez. di Modena, Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the Italian-Australian Institute and Yamaha.
For further information about participation and the selection criteria please consult the 2010 competition guidelines on the Italian Institute of Culture website: www.iicmelbourne.esteri.it . The 2009 competition guidelines are also available on the page “Composition Competion Workshop” in the Events menu. By the end of July 2010 a new website www.formeuniche.it will be on line with all the information about the composers and the poets that have participated in each of the editions of the workshop.
“Unique forms of continuity in space” 2009 Edition
With a name which brings to mind the famous sculpture by Italian Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni we would like to draw your attention to the 2009 edition of this special event. The movement contributed to the expression of the rich implications of the relationship between music and poetry in many art works.
That is not the only reason why we chose this title for the competition. This year we are also celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Italian Futurism as well as the 2009 Week of Italian Language throughout the World. This unique competition combined the Italian language with the international language of music. In virtue of a strong collective commitment which grew over the months, the project Unique Forms of Continuity in Space was met with growing consensus by both Italian and Australian institutions.
In the last months a series of poems were written specifically for the event by a group of nine Italian women poets: Sara Davidovics, Lidia Riviello, Silvia Salvagnini, Bianca Madeccia, Sara Ventroni, Renata Morresi, Maria Luisa Vezzali and Laura Pugno. The group was co-ordinated by Rosaria Lo Russo whereas Flavia Coassin was in charge of the translation into English.
The poems were subsequently published by the Italian Australian Institute and used as inspiration for the creation of seven original music compositions, created and performed by young talented composers from all over the world. After a selection led by judges Dr Donna Coleman, Carlo Forlivesi, Mark Pollard and Marco Stroppa and a workshop led by Maestro Carlo Forlivesi, the winning three works were performed in a concert at the Iwaki Auditorium on Sunday 4 October 2009.
The event, organized by the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, took place under the patronage of the City of Melbourne, the Lombardy Region, the Provincia di Milano, and the Comune di Milano, and had the support of the Faculty of the Victorian College of Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne, ABC Classic FM, the Italian Society of Contemporary Music, the Dante Alighieri Society and Atlha Onlus. It was our way to celebrate the 2009 Week of Italian Language throughout the World and the hundredth anniversary of Italian Futurism alike.
Comment on the initiative by Rosaria Lo Russo:
Archaic and contemporary at the same time, Music and Poetry are considered twin arts in the common name of the phonorhythm.
The oral reproduction of sound as well as the attempt of experimenting the fusion between poetry and music are here reflected in the works of nine women who, despite their young age, show a mature artistic language. The challenge they were asked to face was to convey a futuristic idea through their poetry, since it was just in the futurist movement where the first case of “mass” human poetry was registered. Despite the misogynist and chauvinistic connotation of the movement itself , this event is certainly one of the most relevant as far as both quantity and quality are concerned. Although women’s futuristic poetry is not widely known, it certainly had a fundamental historic value as a way to affirm female writing as a literary challenge rather than a sporadic phenomenon.
Nowadays women’s poetry is still considered pioneering, as a result of a lack of equal opportunities in the Italian poetic canon. Women poets are still seen as a “cultural minority” not just in terms of their number, but also due to the language used, which is still unexplored but explores, it innovates while imposing itself. Research is the soul of science as well as of the most vivid art and the poets involved in this project carry out an original but strongly justified research. The meaning of the involvement of these women in the reinterpretation of a futurist formula and through the perspective of orality is for us to try to tune in to the very heart of contemporary Italian poetry.
The competiton was divided into four stages:
First and second stages of the Competition
A panel of judges, specifically Dr Donna Coleman (Australia/USA), Carlo Forlivesi (Italy/Japan), Mark Pollard (Australia), Marco Stroppa (Italy/Germany), nominated the Selection Committee, singled out a selection of semifinalists among several contemporary composers. The semifinalists, Chiaki Kato, Hyun-Hwa Cho, Alexander Garsden, Sean Mears, Camille Robinson, Garreth Shatzer and Mike Solomon were later asked to combine their works with one of nine poems especially written for the initiative by nine different Italian poets. They eventually created a new short composition approximately 5-10 minutes long. The poets were co-ordinated by Rosaria Lo Russo (www.rosarialorusso.it).
Selection Committee with links
Dr Donna Coleman (Australia/USA), Head of Keyboard and Coordinator of Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne, www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/Staff
Carlo Forlivesi (Italy/Japan), Lecturer in Music, the University of Sapporo, Japan, www.alya.it/forlivesi/UniqueForms.html
Mark Pollard (Australia), Head of Composition and Acting Head of School, the Faculty of the Victorian College of Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne, www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/Staff
Marco Stroppa (Italy/Germany), Professor of Composition, the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany, www.marcostroppa.eu
Semi-finalists & biographies
-Chiaki Kato -Camille Robinson
-Hyun-Hwa Cho -Garreth Shatzer
-Alexander Garsden -Mike Solomon
Chiaki Kato was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979.
She graduated in Composition at the Tokyo College of Music in 2003, then completed Graduate School at the same University in 2005, where she studied Composition with Toshio Hosokawa and Akira Nishimura.
She was awarded the Grand Prix of the 13th competition of Japanese Song Composition “Shin-Naminokai” in 2000.
She played the piano and celesta at the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the piano in Ondes Martenot by Takashi Harada.
She has been working as an Associate Researcher of Composition at the Tokyo College of Music since 2008.
Hyun-Hwa Cho was Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1977.
She has been playing the piano since the age of five. She became a professional pianist and has performed several times in concerts. Meanwhile, she studied Composition with Sukhi Kang at the Seoul National University and graduated in Music.
She went to Paris afterwards where she is currently attending the Conservatory (with Emmanuel Nunes and Stefano Gervasoni).
She attended the Acanthes Centre in Metz, France, in 2007, and a session of Composition in Royaumont , France, in 2008. As for her interest in electronic music, she was a finalist in the Bourges International Competition in 2006, and attended a course in Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM from 2007 to 2009.
Alexander Garsden is an Australian Composer and Sound Designer.
He is currently completing his Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. His accolades include the 2008 Spivakovsky and state winner of the 2005 National Young Composer Competition as well as Unversity prizes such as the 2007 Elfie Blake award. Alexander’s pieces have been performed by ensembles such as the
St. Ives Contemporary Music Performance, the Golden Fur Trio, the Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra and by soloists including Judith Hamann and Nick Hoszko.
Having studied under many diverse tutors, his compositions draw on free- improvisation, noise music and spectral harmonic devices.
He also teaches and performs regularly in bands and as a solo guitarist at
free-improvisation/ noise concerts.
Sean Mears is an Australian Composer.
He won a Scholarship to Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and completed his VCE. Then he completed his Bachelor Degree in Music Composition at VCA in Melbourne.
Among his most notable achievements we can mention his recent premiere of a work at Melbourne University and a Masters Recital which is now in the process of being published by Orpheus Music publications. He also participated in the Chamber Music Competition.
Furthermore he was a finalist in the Pioneer Solo Competition, won the Melbourne Youth Music Composition and was selected as a Soloist at private function at the De La Salle Principals’ Address. He obtained a Cert III in VET Music.
Camille Robinson was born on the 16th of November 1980 in Australia.
He is currently studying practical composition at the VCA School of
Music with Mark Pollard and Andrian Pertout, and is the recipient of a Lionel Gell
As well as being shaped by a growing engagement with contemporary art music,
Camille’s approach to composition is informed by training in improvised music, the
visual and literary arts.
Collaboration is a major part of Camille’s practice enabling an engagement with fields
as diverse as film, sculpture, theatre and dance.
Recently Camille was awarded the Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for Composition
of Music for his work Burning Water for brass ensemble, and was a finalist in the
Yarra Trio University of Melbourne Composition Competition with his work Red
Tree . Red Earth . Red Water for piano trio.
Garrett Shatzer was born in Michigan, USA, in 1980.
He graduated in Fine Arts: Performing Arts and Technology, Composition Concentration in May 2003 at the University of Michigan in Ann Harbor, Michigan. He obtained a Master of Music: Electronic Music Composition (May2006) and a Master of Music: Music Theory in May 2007 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is expected to obtain his Master of Arts: Composition and Theory in June 2012 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Composition and Theory in June 2012.
He has been composing for independent films such as In the Dark and Skin Horse and documentaries such as Campus Diversity: Student Voices and A View from Here: Depression on College Campuses. Among his notable performances we can mention Piano Trio No. 1 to be premiered by the Empyrean Ensemble, California in Spring 2009 and Tunnellz, to be premiered in Merida, Mexico, in the same year.
Mike Solomon is a dissertating PhD student in Paul Koonce Composition studio at the University of Florida. Previously he studied at Queens University, Belfast, under Piers Hellawell and at Stanford University under Mark Applebaum.
His music explores the manners in which technology can dialogically engage a composer’s creativity by means of analytic and stochastic algorithms.
Mike’s works have been performed at events such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Society of Composers Inc. Annual Conference, (both general and student), and the CHASM Festival at Florida State University. He has received commissions from Stanford University and the Township of East Brunswick. He was a finalist at the ASCAP Young Composers Competition and the MATA Festival. He has presented papers at the Society of Music Analysis TAGS day, Music Theory Midwest and ICMC.
Italian poets & biographies
-Sara Davidovics -Lidia Riviello
-Rosaria Lo Russo -Silvia Salvagnini
-Bianca Madeccia -Sara Ventroni
-Renata Morresi -Maria Luisa Vezzali
Sara Davidovics was born in 1981 in Rome where she continues to reside.
In 2006 she founded, together with Lorenzo Durante, the Laboratorio Ensemble DUALE, which creates vocal works. Titles include Varianti (2006), Resi (2007), Bonzai (2008) and Nero (2008/2009). In verse she has published: Corrente with an introduction by Tommaso Ottonieri (Zona, 2006); D’Acque with illustrations by Pietro Ruffo (Galleria E. Mazzoli, 2007), a finalist in the Antonio Delfini Prize; and the Pendici brochure with watercolours by Cosimo Budetta (Lab. Ogopogo, 2007). Her next publication is the visual text volume Corticale for Onyx Editions. Amongst her other visual text volumes are: Lapis lapsus (2007), Alfabeto lunare (2008), Ictus (2009). For voice she wrote the trilogy Pointillisme (by Costruzione 1, NIGREDO, Jocanda Art, Roma, 2008), Leggère parolibere (Agave, 2008; Tuma’s 2009; Locanda Hermann, 2009), Ladymacbeth (for radio opera SIRENE edited by Nevio Gàmbula). She has read her texts at “Almost white”, “UBUsettete”, Romapoesia”, “Arte & Natura”, “Mediterranea”, “Critical Book&wine”, “8 poetesse per l’8 Marzo”. She contributes to the magazines “RE:”, “Avanguardia” (with a note by Aldo Mastropasqua) and the volumes “Sperimentare il plurale” (FB, 2007) and “Poesie dell’inizio del mondo” (DeriveApprodi, 2007), as well as various on line magazines. Her web page is: saradavidovics.blogspot.com
Rosaria Lo Russo
Rosaria Lo Russo, poet, translator, essayist, reader-performer, was born in 1964 in Florence where she continues to reside. She regularly participates as a performer, actress and reader of poems in festivals, public readings and Rai cultural programmes.
She has published several books of poems: L'estro (Firenze, Cesati, 1987), Vrusciamundo (Porretta Terme, I Quaderni del Battello Ebbro, 1994), Sanfredianina, in Poesia contemporanea, Quinto quaderno italiano (Milano, Crocetti, 1996), Comedia (Milano, Bompiani, 1998), Dimenticamiti Musa a me stessa (with sixteen drawings by Renato Ranaldi, Prato, Edizioni Canopo, 1999), Melologhi (Modena, Emilio Mazzoli, I Premio Antonio Delfini 2001), Penelope (Napoli, Edizioni d’if, 2003), Lo Dittatore Amore. Melologhi (Milano, Effigie, 2004, with audio cd). Some of her poems, translations (of John Donne, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton) and essays have been published in "Semicerchio”. She has edited three books of poems by Anne Sexton which have been translated into Italian: Poesie d'amore (Firenze, Le Lettere, 1996), L'estrosa abbondanza (Milano, Crocetti, 1997, together with Antonello Satta Centanin and Edoardo Zuccato), Poesie su Di (Firenze, Le Lettere, 2003). She has also translated several poems by Erica Jong, Miele e sangue (Milano, Bompiani, 2001).
She has worked with a number of poets such as Piera degli Esposti, Iosif Brodskij, Mario Luzi, Giorgio Caproni, Nanni Balestrini, Friederike Mayröcker, and Erica Jong. She has also collaborated with numerous musicians and composers, including Luigi Cinque (Hypertext Ulysses, 1999), Jamal Ouassini, Patrizia Montanaro, Gianna Grazzini and Andrea Allulli. (For further information and up to date information regarding performance activities please consult the following website: www.rosarialorusso.it).
Bianca Madeccia is the author of the books L'acqua e la pietra (Lietocolle, 2007), Dei tre modi del camminarti (FiloDiPartenope, 2009) and the video poem Vetro (2009). Her texts have also been published in several anthologies and journals. She is the editor of “Matelda”, a periodical about comparative literature, as well as the lit-blog “La poesia e lo spirito”. She also contributes to “La Mosca”, a journal about poetry, art and philosophy. Since 2008 she has been the artistic director of the festival “Silenzi in forma di poesia” and she is also the creator of the video poem channel “Epitaffi in forma di vetro”.
Renata Morresi lives with her son in Macerata. She teaches American literature at university, as well as carrying out research, translating, writing poetry and essays on comparative literature. Furthermore she conducts courses on creative writing in schools.
Laura Pugno was born in 1970. She has published one novel, Sirene (Einaudi, 2007), which was awarded the Libro del Mare prize in 2008 and was a finalist in the Bergamo Prize; a collection of short stories, Sleepwalking (Sironi, 2002); two poetry books, Il colore oro (Le Lettere 2007) and Tennis (NEM, 2002); and the theatrical texts of DNAct (Zona, 2008). In autumn her new novel Quando verrai will be released by Minimum Fax.
Lidia Riviello was born in Rome where she continues to reside and work.
She writes poems and prose. She has published a collection of short stories titled “L'infinito del verbo andare” (2002 Arlem, pref. by Edith Bruck) and the poems “Aule di pasaggio” (1998 Noubs, pref. by Elio Pecora), “Rum e acqua frizzante” (2003 Perone, with a note by Carla Vasio) and “Neon 80” (2008 Zona, with a note by Edoardo Sanguineti, Antonio Delfini 2007 award winner).
Some of her poems and short stories have been translated into English, French, Swedish, Arabic, Slovenian and Japanese. She takes part in various poetry readings in Italy and abroad. She also directs several international poetry festivals such as Romapoesia - Festival della Parola and Mediterranea - Festival Intercontinentale delle Arti.
She is also the author of various radio programs (Radiotre and Radiodue), and television programs (La7).
Silvia Salvagnini was born in Venice on the 13th of December 1982. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree. Furthermore she is the owner of the bookshop La Libreria in Mogliano, Veneto, and she also organizes workshops for children. She is fond of writing and painting, playing the piano, she eats many biscuits and enjoys bike-riding. She published two books of poetry and drawings Silenzio cileno (2004) and I baci ai muri (2006) with the publishing house Auteditori. Other works have been published in anthologies such as: 9 poeti esordienti (Dn publishing 2003) and Il volo del calabrone (Ammutinati 2008). A new children's book titled I Gatti is about to be published by La scarna tipografia.
She likes to read her works aloud: she attended “Romapoesia” in 2007 and “Ricercabo: laboratorio di nuove scritture” in 2007; she was a finalist at the national slam at Padova in September 2007; she was the national slam winner in Rome in 2008; she was a finalist at the international slam for “Absolute poetry Big Boat Poetry” in 2008, as well as at the international slam in Bolzano in 2009, and the international slam of urban tales Poesia Presente in 2009. She has spoken throughout Italy in bookshops and theatres, as well as in pubs from Venice to Goriza, and has passed through Padova and Macerata...participating in events ranging from electronic music festivals to the Circolo dei lettori in Turin, accompanied by the music of Ivn, Enrico Enicola and her drawings which were displayed in Polp's videos. And so on...
Sara Ventroni (Rome 1974). Her works have been published in several journals (“Poesia”, “Nuovi Argomenti”, “Carta”, “Apostrofo”, “L'Immaginazione”, “Accattone”, “Il Maleppeggio”, “Liberazione” etc.). She has taken part in the most important national and international literature festivals as a performer. She won the first Italian Poetry Slam. She has narrated the lives of Jim Morrison and David Bowie (Storyville) for RAI Radio Tre, while she has written a televsion serial called “Chi fa la spia”(directed by G. Vacis) for RAI Radio Due. She has worked with various musicians such as Alberto Mandarini, Canio Lo Guercio, Luigi Cinque, and Maria Pia De Vito. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies (“Sono come tu mi vuoi” Laterza 2009; “A occhi aperti” Mondadori 2008; “Scrittori in curva” Marotta&Cafiero 2009; “San Lorenzo mi amor” Ponte Sisto 2006; “Verso Napoli” Colonnese editore 2008; and “Nove scrittori, dieci musei” Editoria&Spettacolo 2007). Her poems have been published in several Italian and international anthologies (“Solo Limoni” Shake Edizioni 2001; “Un movimento per la pace” Ed. Alegre 2003; “Fuori dal cielo” Empiria 2006; “Miserere” Squilibri 2006; “Slam, antologia europea” No Reply 2007; “Bread on her tongue” Kigen, Zagabria 2008; “Europe Speaks” Suisa 2006). Some of her poems have been translated: into Spanish by Isabel Miguel; into English by A. Elliot and A. Crowe Serrano; into French by D. Garand and Jean Portante; into German by C. Beretta; and into Croatian by Snježana Husić (some other poems are about to be translated into Albanian by Arjan Kallaco). In 2005 she published Salomé for “No Reply”. In 2006 she published the book Nel Gasometro (finalist of the Delfini Award and winner of the Napoli 2007 prize) for Le Lettere publishing. She is currently writing a novel for Rizzoli publishing. She also contributes to the newspaper “L'Unità”.
Maria Luisa Vezzali
Maria Luisa Vezzali (Bologna 1964) is a highschool teacher as well as a translator of the works of Adrienne Rich (Cartografie del silenzio, Crocetti 2000) and Lorand Gaspar (Conoscenza della luce, Donzelli 2006). As a poet she has published L’altra eternità (Edizioni del Laboratorio 1987), Eleusi marina (in “Terzo quaderno italiano” edited by Franco Buffoni, Guerini and Associati 1992), Dieci nell'uno (Eidos 2004, drawings and sculptures by Mirta Carroli) and lineamadre (Donzelli 2007, Anterem/Montano 2007 award winner). Her works have been published in several journals and anthologies including 12 poetesse italiane, edited by Dino Azzalin (Nuova Magenta Editrice 2007).
Third and forth stages of the Competition
The semifinalists were invited to attend a Composer’s Workshop, led by Maestro Carlo Forlivesi, which focused on giving them new tips to improve their compositions.
The Selection Committee then carried out a second and final selection among them and determined which compositions would be used for the final performance. It took place on Sunday 4th of October 2009, and showed the finalists’ works being performed by the accomplished student ensembles Quiver and Golden Fur from the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.
Finalists and their compositions
-Chiaki Kato (Japan)
Alti Alati (2009) inspired by Forme uniche di continuità nello spazio by Silvia Salvagnini
-Camille Robinson (Australia)
Time Only Inhabits Bodies (2009) inspired by Cinque epigrammi (million dollar baby) by Sara Ventroni
-Mike Solomon (USA)
Granini di luce beccucciati da uccelli di silenzio (2009) inspired by Lips: Variazione sul ‘Tema di lucciole’ di Maria Ginanni by Sara Davidovics
Details of the event:
“Unique forms of continuity in space”- International composition Competition Concert
Sunday 4 October 2009, 2.30 p.m.
Venue: Iwaki Auditorium ABC Southbank Centre, 120 South bank Blv, Southbank, Melbourne.
The City of Melbourne, the Lombardy Region, the Provincia di Milano, and the Comune di Milano, the Faculty of the Victorian College of Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne, ABC Classic FM, the Italian Society of Contemporary Music, the Dante Alighieri Society and Atlha Onlus.
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