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by Eva Dolcemscolo


So this year, at the edition of the huge Music Biennale Zagreb, one of the most important international festival of contemporary music in Europe, I can’t be there! I contacted Manuel Fanni Canelles, the stage director from the Association Chromas of Trieste enrolled in the Festival as participant and representative of Trieste. Canelles, who has worked at the project Nocturnal Demons and Ghosts of the City of Pearl, together with his team made of Alice Bronzi, Hari Bertoja, Francesca Tonsi and with the support of the Orchestra of Classical Music Icarus Ensemble from Reggio Emilia, seems satisfied about the making of. The performance will first take place on 8th April, at 21.30 in &TD theatre/ Music Biennale Zagreb. 

As much to satisfy my curiosity as to show my support for the Trieste representative team at the Festival and their courage to withstand the project written by the illustrious composer Giampoaolo Coral and based on the texts and designs by Kubin, I decided to go with a click via Skype and contacted him. I turned all my music and art loving into a short conversation with director Canelles. 

As the festival is on now and the Association Chromas and Icarus Ensemble are getting prepared for their show, I gave myself a must-know information list and set out to have all the answers I wanted.

The famous composer Coral had been highly acclaimed in previous editions of Music Biennale Zagreb with his Nocturnal Demons, and the 2013 edition of Ghosts of the City of Pearl fits the tribute to him and it praises his memory. 

The project is the outgrowth of a practice that encompasses the designs by Kubin, music, performance, singing, and multi-team engagement.

The aim of Canelles was to operate on the possibility of audiovisual and design combination, where one view influences the other and transforms it: he therefore get beyond the preoccupations of mistaking Coral’s intention, so he re-creates the fusion between the two domains- music and design- operating interrelations between forces.  His project, born from the collaboration between  Association Chromas and Icarus Ensemble, managed a theoretical and practical aim: it describes and revives the memory of Coral and then it offers  a method to observe and analyze the relationship developed from multidimensional experiences such as art performance, painting, chant and so forth.  Since the perspective I offer here is hazardous, it is my art loving that the readers will forgive me for not being extensive but of course mine is an encouragement to find out everything you need to know about taking part in the Festival: you have the possibility to see the performances until April the 13th !

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