Born 1973, Grosseto/Italy, currently Florence/Italy
Wilde Lieder Marx.Music Competition Ensemble Category Prizewinner

Andrea Portera is an Italian composer who explores music through an anthropological perspective, especially in the connections that music generates with emotion and the human unconscious. He is also responsible for Research & Development at PERLART, the To section Lab (Laboratory of Psychology, Emotions & Research – spin-off of the University of Florence in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) that deals with emotional intelligence, art and creativity. Portera is a promoter of the Cultural Manifesto Emotional Intelligence Renaissance (EIR). His compositions have received acclaim and recognition from prestigious names in the world of music, he has won dozens of awards and his works have been performed by leading orchestras and ensembles around the world, including Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio; Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Daedalus and the Stresa Festival Ensemble. He has been commissioned by major theatres and festivals, including the 57th Venice Biennale, the Stresa Festival (2009 and 2012) and the 62nd International Festival of Santander, and regularly gives masterclasses and teaches at universities and conservatoires internationally.

Wild Rituals (12’)
Orchestration: fl, cl/bcl, pi, perc, vl, vla, vcl

Inspired by Karl Marx's Wild Songs (and his philosophy in general) Wild Rituals builds his structure on the lied "The Fiddler" (translated from German), text with a strong temperament that suggests many sound visions: images where I found a strong connection with the idea of inner evolution, as a ritual that frees humanity from dogmatic impediments.

The various episodes of the text alternate with more introspective moments, often realized by the flute (imagined as an ancestral and archetypal instrument) that creates a connection with our anthropology, feeding the flow of the ritual with a "pantheistic" energy.

Wild Rituals is an emotional perspective of the great philosopher, where the musical process is the symbol of a rediscovery of a human "spirituality", which in empathy and in connection with people creates social harmony, an effective framework for development and the emanicpation of societies and culture.