September Calling

Konzert, Präsentation, Residenzen, Roma

H17:30-20:30 -Fellows presentation (by invitation only)
H21:00-00:00 – Concert in the garden
Entrance: via Liguria 20

Konzert, Präsentation, Residenzen

H17:30-20:30 -Fellows presentation (by invitation only)
H21:00-00:00 – Concert in the garden
Entrance: via Liguria 20

On the 30th of September, Istituto Svizzero welcomes the 2022/2023 Fellows selected for the residencies in Roma, Milano and Palermo!

For this year’s opening event September Calling, we bring together artists and researchers in the fields of visual arts, music, architecture, anthropology, history, political philosophy, law, ecology and astrophysics.

On this occasion, the stunning garden of Villa Maraini will open to the public for an evening of concerts, which will see emerging brilliant talents Kate Birch, Shunaji and soungou on stage!
The musical selection is conceived in collaboration with the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation.

Programme and line-up:

H17:30-20:30 – Presentation of the Fellows (by invitation only)

H21:00-00:00 – Concert with:
Kate Birch

Free entry, register here.
Drinks will be provided upon purchase.

Istituto Svizzero
Via Liguria 20, Rome



Roma Calling
Giorgio Azzariti (History and theory of architecture)
Giuanna Beeli (History)
Igor Cardellini (Performance, visual arts)
Solmeng-Jonas Hirschi (Philosophy)
Leonie Hunter (Political philosophy)
Sophie Jung (Visual arts)
Tobias Koch (Composition)
Val Minnig (Visual arts)
Marie Petersmann (International Law & Ecology)
Grégory Sugnaux (Visual arts)
Stefano Rodrigo Torres (History)
Gaia Vincensini (Visual arts)
Michelle von Dach (Anthropology)

Milano Calling
Francesco Iacovelli (Astrophysics)
Jiajia Zhang (Visual arts)

Palermo Calling
Maya Hottarek (Visual arts)
Lisa Virgillito (History and theory of architecture)

Curator’s residency
Laura Breitschmid (Curator in residence at Palazzo Branciforte in Palermo)

Read the 2022/2023 Fellows‘ biographies here.


Laura Schuler aka Kate Birch (vocals, synths, violin, samples): facing the world naked, without the emotional burden of patterns which we have outgrown. Moving beyond the ego to embrace unconditional love. These aspirations comprise the heart of Kate Birch’s new album The Fool, which was released in April 2022 by the label Red Brick Chapel. Laura Schuler plays the violin since many years and made a name for herself in the international jazz – and creative music scene (trio Esche and her quartet amongst others). Trough the alter ego Kate Birch she develops her language further in the direction of Artpop and Indietronica. During a long stay in New York the project got its spirit and initial push. In the city she started the process of songwriting and studio production. She still returns to New York on a regular base to play and to fill up her mind and heart with experiences of the metropole live, which flow back into her music. 

Shunaji is a rapper, vocalist and producer hailing from Rome and currently based in London. Her innovative musical style blends jazz-influenced hip-hop with funk, soul and psychedelic rock flavours, and has gained her recognition by the British Music Collection, the Help Musicians MOBO Awards and BBC Radio hosts including Jamz Supernova. Shunaji’s releases have been acclaimed within independent music scenes in the UK and abroad, as she adopts an afrofuturistic genre-bending sound to push the boundaries of mainstream music. Additionally, she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Italia Music Export Supporto Showcase, PRS Open Fund and Help Musicians Do It Differently. She has performed internationally and across the UK, including festivals like Glastonbury Festival, Love Supreme, Montreux Jazz Festival and We Out Here.

Hailing from Zürich soungou (FUBU) is excited to find his place in the nocturnal playground of music and celebration. His style is best described as a mix of diasporic* and black* deconstructed club. His ultimate goal is to create new biotopes for queer BIPOC. As soungou concludes «it’s about celebrating ourselves and caring for each other».