AFROVOCALITY

Contemporary Calls

Between July and August 2014, I and art curator Alessandra Ferlito have conducted a campaign of field recordings in the Salento Area, a popular summer destination in Puglia (Italy). Numerous vocal calls of several African vendors (mainly from west African countries), walking for many hours a day along the seashore, were recorded. I was primarily […]

Freedom was a singsong. A Voice-Map of the ex-slaves interviews

Gianpaolo Chiriacò – Presentation – Notte dei Ricercatori Monastero degli Olivetani, Università del Salento – Lecce – 26.09.2014. Installation view; Notte dei Ricercatori – Monastero degli Olivetani, Università del Salento – Lecce – 26.09.2014.

A Sound With no Presence

‘A Sound with No Presence‘ is a sound installation, documenting a fieldwork in Southern Italy, held during Black Vocality 2014

Lena McLin, one of the most prominent African-American vocal pedagogues

Singing the Black Experience: Authenticity and social meaning in Lena McLin’s vocal pedagogy (Milwaukee, 7 November 2014, Annual Conference of the American Musicological Society) In this paper, I will try to position the teaching method – or, to be more precise, the teaching approach – of Ms Lena McLin within the discussion about perceptions and […]

Incontro di Voci

Incontro di Voci ‘ is an audiovisual project – of which you can watch a rough short version – that aims at narrating the role of singing in the artistic and human experiences of three vocalists of African origins operating in Italy. Badara Seck, a Senegalese singer who is quite active in the Italian world and pop music scene, describes how […]

Atse Tewodros Project, L’Aquila, July 23rd.

Tew Below, Atse Tewodros Project, L’Aquila, July 23rd (video)Gabriella Ghermandi, an Ethiopian-born storyteller and vocalist based in Bologna (Italy) who writes in Italian and sings in Amharic, articulates her works around the (removed) memory of the colonial experience of Italians in Ethiopia, as part of the construction of her own multifaceted identity. Her book, ‘Regina di […]

Voci Nere

Qual è il rapporto fra secoli di schiavitù e il falsetto di James Brown? In quale misura l’esperienza delle comunità nere americane si riflette nel timbro di Nina Simone o nei gesti vocali di Bobby McFerrin? Com’è possibile comprendere ciò che avviene oggi negli Stati Uniti, con il Black Lives Matter e l’elezione di Donald […]

“Today you have day off”: un’artista etiope-italiana e il mondo dell’arte postcoloniale

Gabriella Ghermandi is an Ethiopian-born storyteller and vocalist based in Bologna (Italy), who writes in Italian, sings in Amharic, and articulates her works around the (removed) memory of the experience of Italian soldiers in Ethiopia. Gabriella and I visited the 2015 Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. The exhibition, held every two years, is particularly interesting […]

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