As part of the 86th Maggio Festival, the Maggio Elettrico returns

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by Opera Charm Team
June 11, 2024

As part of the 86th Maggio Festival, the appointment with the Maggio Elettrico returns: a double date - Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June 2024 - at 8 p.m., in the theatre's control room.

Music by Julien Desprez on the evening of 11 June and by Maurizio Azzan, Daniela Terranova and Stefano Scodanibbio on 12 June.

With the support of the Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati Franco-Italian Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Creation. In collaboration with Institut Français of Florence.

Single seat 10€

BIOGRAPHY

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INTERVIEW

Five years after the last performance, Maggio Elettrico is back: a renewal, then, of the collaboration between the Teatro del Maggio and the Centro Tempo Reale, founded by Luciano Berio in 1987 and aimed at a multifaceted approach to research in the variegated field of electronic music and sound arts.

Two evenings – Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June 2024, in the Teatro’s control room – dedicated to the discovery of the new frontiers of electroacoustic music: two different concerts that start, the first, from the research of French guitarist and composer Julien Desprez who, on the evening of 11 June, stages his latest performance, dedicated to the relationship between guitar and body action and the spectacularity of electric current.

A collaboration with the Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble and the Ensemble Suono Giallo gives rise to the second concert on 12 June, which, while paying homage to double bass player Stefano Scodanibbio with an unpublished improvised score, also presents the work of two young Italian composers of today, namely Daniela Terranova and Maurizio Azzan.

Protagonists on the evening of 11 June are Julien Desprez (performer, composition and direction) and Nicolas Canot (conception of electric strings and sound direction); The concert on 12 June will feature Andrea Biagini (flutes), Michele Bianchini (saxophones), Giacomo Piermatti (double bass), Laura Mancini (percussion) and Simone Nocchi (piano) – who form the Ensemble Suono Giallo – together with Monica Benvenuti (vocals), Francesco Canavese (electric guitar), Simone Faraci (synthesiser and live electronics), Giovanni Magaglio and Francesco Vogli (technique) who are part of the Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble.

Ensemble Suono Giallo:
The Ensemble Suono Giallo is a group founded in 2015 in Città di Castello on the occasion of the
celebrations for the centenary of the birth of painter Alberto Burri. The intent of the project is in the very name of the ensemble: a synaesthetic journey of Kandinskyan memory, a synthesis of the arts, that is, that total work of art that Wagner had tried to realise in Bayreuth. From this premise, the group aims to popularise and promote contemporary music with new commissions, concerts and educational activities.

Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble:
The Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble (TREE) is an open project founded by Francesco Giomi that came to life in early 2011 for the concert Missa Ockeghem but whose aim is to embark on a path of exploration of the relationship between acoustic and electronic as well as the mechanisms of collective construction and improvisation. It is a completely variable-geometry formation that associates a group of creative musicians operating mainly in the Florentine and Bolognese area in the electroacoustic domain.

The programme

11 June 2024 – Julien Desprez | ARC
Music by Julien Desprez
Production La Muse en Circuit

12 June 2024 – Ensemble Suono Giallo & Tree | Osmotic sound
Maurizio Azzan
Wasteland_underlife, for ensemble (2022)
Daniela Terranova
Velature, for ensemble (2022)
Stefano Scodanibbio
Avvicinamenti, materiali per improvvisare, for electroacoustic ensemble (2007)

Playbills

11 June 2024

Julien Desprez
performer, composition and direction
Nicolas Canot
conception electric strings and sound direction

Production
La Muse en Circuit

Co-production
Anis Gras – le Lieu de l’Autre (Arcueil) / Le Phare à Lucioles / Le M![lieu] / Le Sirque, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque / Collectif COAX / Murailles Music / Tempo Reale / Ici l’Onde / Césaré, with the support of Art Zoyd Studios Promotion: Murailles Music

12 June 2024

YELLOW & TREE OSMOTIC SOUND ENSEMBLE:

Maurizio Azzan
Wasteland_underlife, for ensemble (2022)
Daniela Terranova
Velature, for ensemble (2022)
Stefano Scodanibbio
Avvicinamenti, materials for improvising
for electroacoustic ensemble (2007)

Ensemble Suono Giallo:
Andrea Biagini, flutes, Michele Bianchini, saxophones
Giacomo Piermatti, double bass, Laura Mancini, percussion,
Simone Nocchi, piano

Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble:
Monica Benvenuti, vocals, Francesco Canavese, electric guitar,
Simone Faraci, synthesiser and live electronics,
Giovanni Magaglio, Francesco Vogli, technique

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Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

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His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

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She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

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