Alvin Curran

Concert, Sound, Roma

Entrance: via Liguria 20

Concert, Sound

Entrance: via Liguria 20

The concert will take place at H18:00 at Istituto Svizzero, via Liguria 20, Rome. 
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A letter to Giacinto Scelsi

Composer and musician Alvin Curran along with Sound Arts students from the Bern Academy of the Arts (HKB) will play the concert titled A letter to Giacinto Scelsi at Istituto Svizzero. This performance is part of a research project of the Sound Arts department at HKB together with the Fondazione Scelsi in Rome. Together, Curran and the students will channel their inner Scelsi to connect with this unique composer’s world.
Giacinto Francesco Maria Scelsi (Arcola, January 8, 1905 – Rome, August 8, 1988) was an Italian composer. Interested in such compositional languages and techniques as dodecaphony and the theories of Skrjabin and Steiner, Scelsi’s method of composition was quite original: he was used to record his own improvisations on magnetic tape, then entrusting the transcription to collaborators who worked under his guidance.


Alvin Curran (1938) is an American composer, sound artist, writer, and educator who has lived in Rome for many years. Over the course of his vast career, he has created sound installations, solo performance pieces, radio works, choreographic works, environmental concerts, and music for string quartets, chamber ensembles, and saxophone quartets. Many of his works combine acoustic instrumentation with electronics and taped/sampled sounds, including voices, fog horns, and sounds from nature such as wind, water, and animal noises. He is the co-founder with Frederic Rzewski, Allan Bryant and Richard Teitelbaum of the Roman free improvisation group Musica Elettronica Viva. Significant encounters during the Roman period include Giacinto Scelsi, who financed the Ananda label that produced his first two albums as a soloist, Canti e Vedute del Giardino Magnetico and Fiori Chiari Fiori Oscuri.

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