“… fascinating … overwhelming expressive force…”
Insound, September 2010
Samaritans is an icon/sonic journey striving to create a multiple path, which unifies sonic and visual languages of the traditions and some musical innovations of our time. It forms a new and fresh avant-guard concept by integrating the representation of an indigenous culture, multimedia elements and music, both ancient and contemporary. World première held in Milan in 2010.
A new Samaritan music
Samaritans presents an almost surreal tension between the opposite poles of antiquity and the present, the vocal and the instrumental, the traditional and the experimental.
Therefore, the opera moves between different levels. The first level involves an introspective, intimate journey of the artist that reflects an almost autobiographical path where his poetic point of view leads the audience to the inner reality of the Samaritans.
The second level focuses on the “protagonists” of the opera, the main figures of the Samaritan identity and its metaphysical beliefs (for example about the Mount of Gerizim and the figure of Moses) narrated often in a form of crossed episodes.
The other two levels are the allegorical, in which the sonic and visual representations explore the fundamental symbols of this culture, and the purely musical ones, where the sound of contemporary musical languages meet the sound of the ancient Samaritan chant in a dialectic relationship. Eventually, there is a synthesis of a “new” Samaritan music in which the ancient elements are used as bricks to create new expressive codes.
World première: Milan, September 21st, 2010, Teatro Nuovo
Commission by MITO SettembreMusica Festival
Co-production of Magà Global Arts Around The World
In collaboration with LEAV – Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology Laboratory, University of Milan.
Sky Classica documentary (IT)