Born 1960 Alessandria/Italy, currently Alessandria/Italy & Salvador Bahia/Brazil
Wilde Lieder Marx.Music Sound Art Category Prizewinner

Aldo Brizzi is a composer and conductor. As a conductor, he was Principal Conductor of “Ensemble of Ferienkurse” in Darmstadt (1990-94), Ensemble de Música Contemporânea of Lisbon (1995-96) and Núcleo de Ópera da Bahia, Brazil. He has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Kammermusik Collegium Philharmonishes Berlin, and recorded albums with Bamberger Symphoniker, Filarmonica di Torino, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.

As a composer, he has written many symphonic and chamber works performed by ensembles including Baden-Baden Radiosymfonieorkester, Danish Radio and the Arditti String Quartet, and he has written several operas including “Mambo Mistico” (produced by Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris), “Gabriel et Gabriel”, “Alter” and a new orchestration of “Treemonisha” by Scott Joplin. In 2016 he presented “Wieder”, for soprano, electronics, dancers in Italy and Finland.

Main commissions: Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, Stuttgart; French Ministery for Culture; Radio France; Donaueschinger Musiktage; Royaumont Foundation; Gulbenkian Foundation.

Main Prizes: “Venezia Opera Prima” Teatro La Fenice, “European Year of Music 1985” (Festival d’Automne Paris, WDR Cologne, Venice Biennale), “Franco Evangelisti”- Rome , “Junge Komponisten Forum” Cologne, A. Hepburn Foundation - USA, Prix Beaumarchais/SACD, Paris 2013.

Spectre ... World

“A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of Communism”. This is the start of “The Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels. Today the spectre is haunting the globalisation era.

The materialism of that time is a sort of spirituality today, a new form of resistance against the abuses of those who want to abuse in every corner of the world.

How was my piece born? I was invited by film director Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva to shoot some improvisations on the Ondiola at Giacinto Scelsi’s house in Rome for his movie The first movement of the immovable. It will be premiered in Autumn 2018 and will include a short monody that I improvised.

Using the instrument on which Scelsi composed his masterpieces, I recorded numerous takes. Then, back home, I started a compositional process inspired by Scelsi’s way to make music.  Through superpositions and collages of all kinds, by always preserving the original sound, I made a composition that consists of several layers of monodic tracks. In the future I plan to make an instrumental version of this piece (as Scelsi did of all his improvisations).

This alchemy is my contribution to the spectre haunting the globalisation era.
“Spectre … World” is dedicated to the memory of Luigi Pestalozza.