VOCI POSSIBILI | Workshop on contemporary vocalism IV
VOCI POSSIBILI is a study and research itinerary for singers, performers, and composers, curated by NicoNote and Monica Benvenuti. In this fourth chapter the workshop aims to create a restitution performance that will take place within the spaces of Villa Strozzi.
VOCI POSSIBILI ensemble presents ‘FRAMMENTI’
Sunday 7 April, 17.00 hrs, Villa Strozzi, Tempo Reale Firenze
A new appointment with VOCI POSSIBILI, the study itinerary on contemporary vocalism conceived and curated by NicoNote and Monica Benvenuti in collaboration with Tempo Reale, is planned for APRIL 2024, from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th. Aimed at students from different cultural backgrounds, the workshops will use a transversal approach to investigate contemporary vocalism.
The investigative trajectory of this study course aims to be inclusive of both academic and empirical learning. The course is divided into seminar workshops, where each VOCI POSSIBILI workshop is a moment of in-depth research and also a new and independent study, and it is not necessary to have attended the previous workshops.
VOCI POSSIBILI aims to be a moment of study and reflection, investigation, and in-depth analysis of contemporary vocalism in an open manner that is attuned to multiple contributions, focused on different themes that are identified and proposed each time. A window of historical-philosophical analysis accompanies the choice and exposition of the repertoires being analysed and addressed, using audio, images, and video contributions. As in a tapestry, each Voice is a thread that tells a story, carries worlds within itself, and evokes further ones. We shall investigate these multiple vocalities, following what are known as “extended vocal techniques”.
This year the masterclass offers a programme directly focused on themes and fragments that will lead to the final performance titled ‘FRAMMENTI’ (Fragments), curated by the VOCI POSSIBILI ensemble.
The masterclass will offer practical physical exercises, deep listening, and vocal techniques, along with exercises on the spatialisation of one’s own sound. We shall work on the creation of the vocal gesture, starting with reading sound poems and fragments from literary texts such as the De Rerum Natura by Lucretius (in the translation by Milo De Angelis), and finally we will tackle scores by John Cage from Song Books (Solos for Voice 3–92) and from Sixty–Two Mesostics Re Merce Cunningham
An intensive workshop, where the spaces of Tempo Reale will also be inhabited by the vocal sounds of these ‘FRAMMENTI’ and made to resonate during the rehearsals and in performance with live audience.
Friday 5 April afternoon: 15 – 19 hrs
Saturday 6 April morning: 11 – 14; afternoon: 15 – 19 hrs
Sunday 7 April morning: 11 – 14 hrs: Afternoon: 17 hrs LIVE PERFORMANCE
Cost: 160 €
Minimum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of participants: 14
To register, send the appropriately completed registration form to the address firstname.lastname@example.org within 22 March 2024.
There is no selection to access the course, nor are any prerequisites required. However, a short introductory letter is welcome.
NicoNote and Monica Benvenuti are two vocalists and colleagues in the field of living performance. Both have been involved in sound and voice research for several years, with original and peculiar artistic itineraries. They first met fifteen years ago at Milan’s Teatro dell’Elfo, as guests of the “Cantami, o Diva” festival, an original review of contemporary vocalism
Monica Benvenuti is a Florentine singer, holding a degree in Humanities; early in her career she was mainly invested in the baroque and classical repertoire, later developing a specific interest for contemporary and 20th Century music, leading her to explore the potential of human voice in relation to different languages, from acting to opera singing, using multiple expressive levels. She has performed in Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Japan (Tokyo, Suntory Hall), Brazil, and the United States, often with music composed specifically for her. In 2004 she was invited by Sylvano Bussotti to be the lead singer in La Passion selon Sade at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, conducted by Arturo Tamayo. Other works by Bussotti she has performed are the opera Silvano-Sylvano, at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in 2007, with a role written specifically for her, the world premiere of the music for Rara Film in 2008, and Furioso di Amneris, Ulrica, Eboli, Azucena e delle streghe for voice and orchestra, in the “I Pomeriggi” Orchestra of Milan’s 2013 season, repeated in 2016 in Lugano. She has performed as singer and actress, along with Roberto Herlitzka, in Georg Trakl e la sorella Grete, rivelazione e declino at the Opera of Rome, directed by Beppe Menegatti. In 2007 she had the leading role in the world premiere of Beards, by the Belgian dramatist Stefan Oertli, which was performed, among other places, at the Theatre de la Place of Liège and at the Bozar in the City of Brussels. After many experiences in the world of musical theatre, she had her debut as an actress with Becketts’ monologue “Not I”, directed by Giancarlo Cauteruccio (Italian Critics’ prize 2006). Over the past years she has performed Acustica, Pas de Cinq, and Der Turm zu Babel by Mauricio Kagel, Como una ola de fuerza y luz by Luigi Nono, various editions of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, a great number of John Cage’s works for voice, and Le Marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez. She has recorded for Arts, Materiali Sonori, Nuova Era, Sam Classical, ARC Edition, Ema Records, Sheva Collection, and Da Vinci Classical
NicoNote (It/A) is an artistic alias created in 1996 by Nicoletta Magalotti, a sound poetry artist, performer, and singer based between Rimini and Bologna. Moving fluidly between genres and formats, she operates in the areas of music, theatre, installations, clubbing, radio, with artistic productions and curations. From Italian new wave with Violet Eves, a band that was much loved by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, to theatre with Romeo Castellucci and Societas Raffaello Sanzio, passing through the historical discotheque Cocoricò’s Morphine Club with DJ David Love Calò, but also from the musical theatre of Francesco Micheli to storytelling with Luca Scarlini, NicoNote has always committed to the creation of unique dramaturgy and sound performances. Her vocal research describes a peculiar itinerary within musical and theatrical practice, thanks to collaborations with great masters such as Gabriella Bartolomei, Yoshi Oida, Roy Hart Theatre, Akademia Ruchu, Francois Tanguy. Her uniquely intriguing discography begins in 1985, and to this date she has had musical and theatrical tours throughout Europe, Canada, Israel, Argentina, and Brazil. Her musical life is filled with collaborations, from Patrizio Fariselli to Mauro Pagani to Teresa De Sio, from the Mas Collective to Enrico Gabrielli and Elisabeth Harnik, and many more. She has produced and published records under various pseudonyms, such as Violet Eves, Nicoletta Magalotti, AND, Dippy Site, as well as featuring in recordings by other artists. Using her NicoNote moniker she has published the albums Alphabe Dream (Cinedelic 2013), Emotional Cabaret (Freecom 2017), Deja V. (Mat Factory 2018), Chaos Variation V (Rizosfera RoughTrade 2019) along with Obsolete Capitalism Sound System, a blend of electronics and philosophy with dedications to Artaud, Bussotti, Deleuze-Guattari. The latest album, Limbo Session Vol I, a collaboration with producer Wang Inc., is a research into voice, poetry, and radical improvisation, and was among Blow Up Magazine’s 10 best albums of the year. She has published on Music from Memory, Mille Plateaux, DSPPR, Cinedelic, and other labels. She holds regular masterclasses on vocality and collaborates with Tempo Reale and Scuola Holden. Her next upcoming release, expected for May 2024, is the new REGOLA project, a vinyl-only immersive electronic album inspired by Hildegard von Bingen. She also has a monthly programme on Radio Raheem, Syntonic.