I love music, I listen to it whenever I can, at any and all hours of the day.
I have had the good fortune to grow up in a family which taught me to know it, to understand it, and to appreciate it. My father, in our home in Vittoria, conserves and enlarges with meticulous and fully involved care a collection of instrument in “his” music room. For this reason it was natural for me to involve myself in Milano Musica which, for 25 years, has given Milan, the city of my second home,
a program which probes with great intelligence the language of contemporary music.
INTONING THE LIGHT is the theme which, this year, through the presentation of French composer Gérard Grisey and some of his new pieces, played for the very first time, wishes to draw attention to its innovative musical thought.
One which subverts the paradigms of the structuralist vanguard through an exploration of the intrinsic nature of sounds, a sort of immersion in an unknown world made of infinite sonic perceptions which then flow together to form a fully finished sound.
Valle dell’Acate will supplement three concerts on the 6th, 7th, and 14th of November with a tasting of wines which accompany perfectly the character and the sounds of a musician whose dream is to intercept the deep pulsations which link the forms of nature to the forms of art.
I immediately, and again through a collaboration with Milano Music, gave my support to the Music Fund project and in this way added Valle dell’Acate’s contribution of solidarity to the transport of musical instruments to Mozambique. I am fascinated by the subtle thread which joins together music and the sea in a web of sounds, pauses, and silence.
I have also imagined these instruments as they live a second life, travelling on a boat which gradually makes its way through various places and cultures, reaching slowly, day by day, its goal and destination. In the same way, the bottle of wine is the fruit of a slow and ambitious project which, departing from the soil and vineyard, grows, producing the grapes which are then transformed into the wine which goes into the bottle. A bottle which is also a messenger which recounts, in its turn, a story, the history of a place. A bottle which voyages along various and differing routes, encountering a series of places and cultures and in this voyage gets to know them. My love for music led Valle dell’Acate to the Music Fund. And now Music Fund brings me to the sea: music, the sea, and wine are my true loves, capable as they are of soothing my soul and countering a life which is always in motion. They are symbols of the slowness and patience which are necessary
to bring to its conclusion an important project.
MUSIC FUND & CONSTRUCT WITH MUSIC
Valle dell’Acate toasts, at Maputo, the arrival of restored musical instrumentsSince the year 2010 Milano Music has been a partner in Italy of Music Fund, an organization recognized by the European Commission as a “Best Practice in Cultuer and Development”. The organization, since 2005, collects musical instruments and promotes in developing countries or in theaters of war the formation of experts in the art of lute and violin making and, more generally, in the repairing of string instruments. An important step in the work of cooperation with developing countries, since 2013, has been the creation of an atelier for the repairing of plucked or bowed instruments at the l’Escola de Comunicação e Artes (ECA) of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane at Maputo
in Mozambique and the training – in Cremona, with three-month apprenticeships and at Maputo in a workshop with master lute and violin craftsmen – of young craftsmen – repairers who will then be able to work in the atelier to maintain in good condition the instruments entrusted to Mozambican institutions.
In addition, various donated instruments collected during the days of “Constructing with Music” were repaired in the period of apprenticeship at Cremona and given to System of Orchestras and Youth and Child Choirs in Lombardy in a virtuous circle of instrument collection and professional performance. The program of collection of instruments entitled “Constructing with Music” continues in an organized way and the donors continue to have the possibility of contacting Milano Musica and the Association Song-onlus.
Music Fund, together with Milano Music and with the additional support of Valle dell’Acate, has organized for the month of December 2016 the donation of another 240 instruments to their Mozambican partner in Maputo: ECA – Escola de Comunicação e Artes de l’Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, ENM – Escola Nacional de Musica, a project of Xiquitsi and Music Crossroads Mozambique. Mozambique, in conjunction with the consignment of the instrument, will be the portof landing for another important event: the arrival of “Florestan”, the sailboat, currently circumnavigating the globe under the banner of music, which will dock at the port of Maputo precisely at the end of this year.
This fascinating initiative, inspired by the hopes and desires of two enterprising youths, hoists its sails under the name of the Music Fund, sailing through the oceans and seas of the entire world in order to help divulge the fund’s activities. At the same time, at Maputo, a three week workshop in sound engineering at the ECA has been programmed. This school of communication and arts, whose music department will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, has scheduled it as a necessary continuation of the June 2016 workshop dedicated to teaching and mastering the utilization of amplification systems during live music events.