Liquid Architecture presents original (and unoriginal) performances by Italian composer, performer, conductor and musicologist Luciano Chessa on the Melbourne Town Hall Organ.program
1. Arthur Russell: Fragments from Tower of Meaning (1983/2018) transcribed and arranged by Bill Ruyle. Organ version by Luciano Chessa
2. Peter Zummo: Think Quick (2015/2018). Organ version by Luciano Chessa
3. Luciano Chessa: CROMLECH (2017/2018)
4. Luciano Chessa: Vathek’s Aria on the Edge of the Chasm (2013/2018)
5. Luciano Chessa: Nouronihar (1997/2006/2018) featuring Benjamin Opie, oboethe voices
Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist. He studied organ with renowned Italian master Andrea Macinanti at Bologna’s Conservatory and with organist and composer Pellegrino Santucci. Throughout the years, Chessa has performed on organs among the finest in Italy and the United States, including two of Italy’s best Tamburini: the Grande Organo in the Sala Bossi, and Grande Organo in the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi, as well as the magnificent 7466 pipes Aeolian-Skinner instrument in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral.
His compositions include the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Chessa’s work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze.
Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; it continues to tour internationally. With this project he collaborated with the likes of Mike Patton, Lee Ranaldo, Ellen Fullman, Blixa Bargeld, Joan La Barbara, among others. He just completed his residency at the Steel House in Rockland, ME, here he developed the audiovisual installation and prepared the edition of Julius Eastman’s Second Symphony, the world premier of which he will conduct in NYC in the Fall 2018.
Chessa’s newest album, “Canti felice”, has just been released on the Parisian label Skank Bloc Records.
BEN OPIE is an oboist whose talents extend across the entire repertoire for oboe. His passion for contemporary music has led him to work leading new music ensembles around the world.
He has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music since its inception in 2013, and in 2015 presented a mixed media presentation of new works including the world premiere ‘House of the Beehives’ by Melody Eotvos for flute, oboe, electronics and video Australian premiere of Johannes Kretz’s ‘Urban Gypsies’ for oboe, electronics and silent film. He co-founded Inventi Ensemble in 2014 and is currently co-artistic director with Melissa Doecke. This ensemble has commissioned and premiered numerous new works by composers such as Luke Styles and Melody Eotvos and have performed in leading venues and festivals. Ben has commissioned many new works for oboe and regularly gives both national and international premieres.
Ben has collaborated with many different artists, including visual artists, poets, video installation artists, dancers, sound artists and radio documentary producers. Throughout his career he has been passionate about all art forms. He has also been involved in working with Indigenous artists in remote communities, collaborating with them musically through workshops and performances.
Presented in partnership with City of Melbourne and the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne.acknowledgement
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.partners