Liquid Architecture presents Italian composer, performer, conductor and musicologist Luciano Chessa visits Melbourne for three performances this month. At the Italian Cultural Institute, he will play the grand piano (and megaphone).
1. Luciano Chessa: ‘TomBoy’ Suite (2009/10) for piano
2. Divagazioni Medianiche, from a cycle of poems by Carlo Carrà (2015)
3. Inkless Imagination III, for Fedele Azari (2007) for piano
4. Cupric Donna I & II (2016) for piano
5. Bombardamento di Adrianopoli, from a poem by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (2014) for voice
6. Luciano Chessa: Le miniere (2003) from “Quadri da una città fantasma” for piano
7. Luciano Chessa: Gin e Ginepri, from a poem by Giosuè Carducci (1997) for voice, piano, and electronics
Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and pianist. 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.”
Chessa’s newest album, “Canti felice”, has just been released on the Parisian label Skank Bloc Records.
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