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Sat, Apr 20 2024 4:30 PM

Bing Concert Hall Studio
327 Lasuen Street Stanford, CA 94305

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CCRMA presents Marco Fusi and Patricia Alessandrini performing "nostalgica utopica futura".

In a special performance at Stanford University, Luigi Nono's "La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura" will be presented by violinist Marco Fusi and Patricia Alessandrini, who will perform the electronics. They will also perform their own homage to Nono, in the form of a brief improvised prelude, entitled "Proximity, distance". This performance and its prelude were developed during a residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

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Fusi and Alessandrini
Proximity, distance – an homage to Luigi Nono, 2023
Improvisational exploration for violin, FeedBox, and electronics

Luigi Nono
La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura, 1988-89
for violin and spatialized 8-track tape recording

"La lontananza nostalgica futura" is emblematic of Nono's innovative approach to composition, as it intertwines the live violin with pre-recorded electronic elements to explore new sonic territories. This event is part of the celebrations marking 50 years of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), highlighting the center's commitment to blending music with cutting-edge technology.

"La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura" stands out for its unique use of space and sound, creating an immersive auditory experience that challenges conventional perceptions of music. Through the collaboration of Fusi and Alessandrini, the performance aims to capture the essence of Nono's vision, creating an immersive experience accessible to contemporary audiences. This concert is an opportunity to witness a piece that reflects on the possibilities of musical innovation and expression, set against the backdrop of CCRMA's half-century of advancements in the field of computer music.

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Patricia Alessandrini is a composer/sound artist creating compositions, installations, and performance situations, most often interactive. Through these intermedial formats, she actively engages with the concert music repertoire, and issues of representation, interpretation, perception, and memory. Her works are often collaborative, and engage with social and political issues.

Her works have been presented in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and over 15 European countries, in festivals such as Archipel, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Electric Spring, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Gaudeamus, Mostly Mozart, Musica Strasbourg, Rainy Days, Ruhrtriennale, Salzburg Biennale, TimeSpans, Wien Modern, and Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. She is also a performer and improvisor of live electronics, collaborating with Katie Porter, Heather Roche, Riot Ensemble, Tiptoe Ensemble and other artists, and designs and builds her own electronic interfaces and instruments.
She was composer-in-residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2012, and in 2015-6, she was featured in the Sound Kitchen series of the Ensemble InterContemporain at the Gaîté lyrique.

She studied composition and electronics at the Conservatorio di Bologna, Conservatoire de Strasbourg and IRCAM, and holds PhDs from Princeton University and the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) Queens University Belfast. She taught Computer-Assisted Composition at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Composition with Technology at Bangor University, as a Lecturer in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, and currently performs research, including instrument design for inclusive performance, at CCRMA. She serves on the international board of Share Music & Performing Arts.

Her works are published by Babelscores, and may be consulted at Her portrait CD of works for ensemble and electronics by Riot Ensemble was released in October 2023, and a second portrait CD will be released by Another Timbre in 2024, with recordings by the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Itinéraire, Earplay Ensemble and others. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021-22.

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Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, a researcher in music performance, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Jessie Marino, Giacinto Scelsi, Yu Kuwabara, Salvatore Sciarrino and Kristine Tjøgersen, among others. Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Elena Schwarz, Lorin Maazel, Susanna Mälkki, Alan Gilbert, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Meitar Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea. He has recorded several solo albums, published by Kairos, Stradivarius, Col Legno, Da Vinci, Geiger Grammofon, New Focus Recordings. Marco also plays viola d’amore, commissioning new pieces and collaborating with composers to promote and expand existing repertoire for the instrument. After his Masters in Violin and Composition at the Conservatory of Milan, Marco’s received his PhD from the University of Antwerp / docARTES program with a dissertation on the performance practice of Giacinto Scelsi’s works for string instruments. He is currently Professor of Violin at the Conservatory of Alessandria and Research Fellow at the Orpheus Instituut of Gent.

Marco Fusi's photo by Alex Matthews

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With support from the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco

Cost: FREE