3 September, 9pm
Palazzo Agudio, Malgrate
PETER MACHAJDIK (PIANO & COMPOSITION), PIERO SALVATORI (CELLO), FLORALEDA SACCHI (HARP)
PROGRAM: OBSCURED TEMPTATIONS
Obscured Temptations: In my Dreams I came Forth for you / Games, Hidden within touches / You breathed the rainbow in me (Peter Machajdik: Piano)
She will be picked by herself (Floraleda Sacchi: Harp)
Uspavnka (Piero Salvatori: Cello)
Solstice (Piero Salvatori, Floraleda Sacchi)
Nell’autunno del suo abbraccio insonne (Floraleda Sacchi)
A new composition commissioned by LakeComo Festival for Harp, Piano, Cello and electorinics (Floraleda Sacchi, Peter Machajdik, Piero Salvatori)
With the support of the Ministery of Culture of Slovak Republic
PETER MACHAJDIK (PIANO & COMPOSITION)
Composer Peter Machajdík grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia but he has been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 15 years.
At six, he began music lessons and at seven, took up the piano. In the 1980's he was not accepted into the Music Academy of Bratislava because his concept of music, at that time, was heavily influenced by the Western avant-garde. At 27, Machajdík graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Peter Machajdík first became internationally recognised after the success of his multi media work Intimate Music featuring David Moss at Inventionen 1994 in Berlin. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today’s composers. His major works include Nell'autunno del suo abbraccio insonne for Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, Si diligamus invicem for mixed choir a cappella, Najdene zabudnute for orchestra, and Namah for string orchestra which was premiered by conductor Anu Tali at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio Bratislava in 2002, and was also a featured work at both the Epoche and Divertimento Musicale festivals in 2006. The CD Namah with guest appearances such as Jon Anderson of Yes, Floraleda Sacchi, David Moss, Guido Arbonelli, Eniko Ginzery and others was released on musica slovaca label in September 2008. Machajdik has also composed a lot of music for stage and film.
Machajdík has received numerous commissions and awards from, among others, the Kulturfonds Foundation, Russolo-Pratella Foundation, Slovak Music Fund, Czech Radio, German Accordion Society, and from Bratislava Music Festival. In 1992 he was invited to live and work in Berlin as a guest of the prestigious DAAD Künstlerprogramm. Machajdík was also the composer in residence at Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany, at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany, and at Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop on the German Baltic coast. In 2006 he was awarded the Jan Levoslav Bella Prize, the most significant classical music award in Slovakia.
Machajdík´s works have been performed widely, including at Inventionen, Berlin; New Work Festival, Calgary; Hörgänge, Vienna; young.euro.classic, Berlin; Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Rome; Melos-Ethos, Bratislava; 5 Giornate per la Nuova Musica, Milano; Musica Nova, Sofia; Festival de Jazz et Musiques d'Aujourd'hui, Mulhouse; Review of Composers, Belgrade; Audio Art Festival, Cracow, as well as in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, the Czech and Slovak Republics, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.A. Some of the venues where his works have received their first performances include Deutsche Oper Berlin, Slovak Philharmonic Hall Bratislava, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tenri Cultural Institute New York, Ignacy Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Hall, Adolphus Busch Hall Cambridge (MA), and Sala Filarmonica in Trento. Performers of Machajdík´s music have included artists such as David Moss, Floraleda Sacchi, Carson Cooman, Guido Arbonelli, Rocco Anthony Jerry, Boris Lenko, Milan Pa?a, Natalia Pshenichnikova, Ivano Ascari, Mayuko Kida, Juan Maria Solare, Piet Van Bockstal, Ulrike Mattanovich, Julie Hanson-Geist, Darry Dolezal, Lubomir Mitzev, Niels Bijl & Gertie Bruin, conductors Anu Tali, Aleksander Gref, Peter Breiner, Maria Makraki, Ondrej Koukal and Karol Kevicky, the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosice, ARTE Quartett, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, AccoDuo, Camerata Europea, Veni Ensemble, Zwiebel Quartet, Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, and many others.
Machajdík´s interest in other performing arts and in collaborations led him to compose numerous works for film, theatre, modern dance companies and visual artists. He was co-founder of the Transmusic Comp., which introduced mixed-media, free improvisation and performance work in former Czechoslovakia. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he had smuggled some of his compositions to the famous American minimalist duo George Cup & Steve Elliott, who used his music in their video works.
Machajdík has lectured on new music, led workshops, and curated festivals of contemporary music. His music has been broadcast many times on radio and TV all over the world.
Machajdik often chooses to compose his works in solitary places. His compositions draw on several sources of inspiration, especially from the polyphony and modal harmonies of early music. In recent years Machajdík´s works have been typified by both economy of material and stringency of method, thereby demonstrating that what may be simple musical language can nevertheless be powerful. Also elements such as controlled use of dissonance, sustained sonorities, inconspicuous melodic motion and frequent use of minor tonalities apply to Machajdík´s compositional style. Most of his compositions have a meditative character.
PIERO SALVATORI (CELLO)
Born in Rome on 21st August 1969, he undertakes musical education dedicating himself for five years at the piano before changing into the study of the cello. In 1987 wins the 1st prize at the Salerno National Competition for young talents. In 1992 obtains a diploma under the guidance of M° Ferdinando Calcaviello.
In 1993 wins a scholarship at the high school improvement of Saluzzo studing with M° Mihai Dancila and covering the position of 1st Cello in the same orchestra for concerts held at the Regio Theatre of Torino. Contemporaneously participates in advanced stages held by M° Antal Tichy, Rocco Filippini and Radu Aldulescu.
In 1994 wins a competition as 1st Cello at the Regional Orchestra of Rome and Lazio where he remains for a whole season. In the same role he plays with several Italian Orchestras in various festivals including: Rovereto Festival, Viterbo Baroque Festival, Ravello Festival, Città di Castello Nations Festival, Spoleto Festival and Todi Festival.
From 1994 to 1996 is a member of the Ravel Piano Trio with whom he is involved in an intense concert activity and records trios for violin, cello and piano of Giuseppe Martucci for the Tirreno Editorial Group.
In 1996 collaborations begin as 1st Cello with M° Celso Valli, Roberto Pregadio, Renato Serio, Pippo Caruso, Peppe Vessicchio, Beppe D’Onghia, Fio Zanotti, Adriano Pennino for the Rai and Mediaset television productions and album recordings for artists such as Renato Zero, Lucio Dalla, Riccardo Cocciante, Adriano Celentano, Paola Turci, Ron, Mango, Gigi D’Alessio, Sergio Cammariere, Loredana Berte’, Marina Rei, Gianluca Grignani, Samuele Bersani, Franco Califano, Morgan, Giammaria Testa, Fabio Concato.
In 1998 he is on tour with the string quartet with Claudio Baglioni in the show “Da me a te” and in 1999 with Renato Zero with the Fonopoli Orchestra playing solo roles.
Contemporaneously records solos for movie soundtrack and for theatre collaborating intensely with M° Don Marco Frisina for the RAI chanel.
From 2000 plays regularly as soloist with Gino Paoli recording in his albums and on-tour with Vanoni-Paoli 2005/2006.
From 2003 he is member of the Alborada string quartet working primarily with Paolo Fresu with whom he records “Scores” for the record label Cam, the soundtrack of the movie “Te lo leggo negli occhi” for the Sacher Film, “Ethnografie” for the ethnografhic Sardinia Institute and plays in major Jazz Festivals.
From 2004 he is also part of the Arke’ string quartet with whom he records “Acquario” for the record label Egea with Stefano Bollani and Gabriele Mirabassi and “L’amico del vento” with Stefano Cantini and Rita Marcotulli. With the same quartet he plays intensely with Antonella Ruggero with whom records in 2006 “L’abitudine della luce” for the label Linea d’ombra.
From 2005, he works on the project Luigi Tenco, with Enrico Pieranunzi and Ada Montellanico.
They record “Danza di una ninfa” for the record label Egea and play in the main Italian jazz landscapes including Umbria Jazz, Auditorium Parco della Musica, and Casa del Jazz.
The year 2006 sees him involved in improvisations for cello solo related to the pictorial works of Marco Filippetti (Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival) and theatrical tours entitled Turner and Impressionists illustrated by Marco Goldin and presented at the major Italian theatres.
The collaboration with Marco Goldin continues in 2007 with the theatrical tour “America!” linked to the American painting of the nineteenth century where he presents and plays compositions written specifically for cello solo cello and piano. The combination music and painting also turns in union music and poetry. Therefore new collaborations and performances begin in which major actors and actresses such as Arnoldo Foà, Remo Girone, Ugo Pagliai, Paola Gassman, Ambra Angiolini read pages of the greatest American authors accompanied by the cello of Piero Salvatori.
Still in 2008 the first album of Alborada string quartet comes out entitled “Ethos” with guests as Paolo Fresu, Rita Marcotulli, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Angelo Adamo, Maria Pia De Vito, Dj Cris for the label Dodicilune and in 2009 a new partecipation of the quartet in the cd of Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine entitled “Think” for the EMI-Blue Note.
The collaboration with Marco Goldin and Linea d'ombra continues for the theatrical pièce called “La processione di Barbana” written and conceived by Marco Goldin with music of Piero Salvatori and Roberto Colombo.
On February 23rd 2009 his first cd entitled “Images” comes out with guests as Paolo Fresu, Stefano Salvatori, Elisa Fortunati, Mauro Beggio, Pino Tafuto produced by Sergio Cossu for the label Blue Serge.
In the summer 2009 again in the theatre with “Verba Volant, profezie civili di un anticonformista” obtained by the correspondence between Goffredo Parise and his readers on the newspaper Corriere della Sera. Live show acted to the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea of Milan for the direction of Fabrizio Parenti with Carla Chiarelli. Music of Piero Salvatori who plays on stage both the cello and the piano.
Another theatrical performance with Marco Goldin and Linea d'ombra for the painting exhibition entitled “Da Rembrant a Gauguin a Picasso” showed in Rimini. This time Piero Salvatori on stage together with the accordionist Renzo Ruggieri.
2009 closed with a new recording collaboration between Alborada string quartet and Paolo Fresu quintet who record a concert live by Casa del Jazz in Rome for the editorial L'Espresso.
FLORALEDA SACCHI (HARP)
Described as an “artist of exceptional talent”, Floraleda Sacchi has always dedicated herself to the harp solo and chamber music repertoire trying to develop original projects and a personal way of making music.
She has performed as soloist all over the world in major halls and festivals such as: Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall (New York), United Nations Palace (New York), Klang-Bogen (Vienna), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Teatro Municipal de Lima (Peru), Salle Varèse (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Hypo-Kunsthalle (Munich), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC - Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Lamspringer September, Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc. revealing herself as one of the most interesting and original harpists on the international concert panorama.
She is the only harpist recording for DECCA (Universal Music), which in 2008 published “Minimal Harp”, a defined as “fascinating” by several journals and “Harp Dances” (March 2010). Other recent recordings are the world première recording of Sophia Corri works for solo harp (Tactus) and “Chiaroscuro” (Amadeus Arte) where Flora presents her compositions for the first time.
Some composers who have dedicated original pieces to her are: Nicola Campogrande, Peter Machajdik, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer, and Gianluca Podio. Among her first world recordings one can find works by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, Michael Nyman.
Floraleda Sacchi has been guested and her CD are regularly broadcasted on major radio and television (RAI, Mediaset, RSI, ORF, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France, ABC, Avro). She often collaborates with actors in theatre shows. The last project in this field was with Ottavia Piccolo in “Donna non Rieducabile”. This show became also a movie entitled “The Blood, the Snow” for RAI (Italian television) for which Flora acted and composed the soundtrack. The première of the movie was at 66th International Film Festival in Venice. The movie was also bradcast on national TV and issued as DVD by PromoMusic.
Floraleda’s long list of national and international honors includes, from 1997 to 2003, top prizes at 16 international competitions, including: Concours UFAM (Paris), Gioventù Musicale Italiana, Rovere d’oro, T.I.M. (Rome), Concorso F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition (Canada), Premio Galbiati (Milan).
Parallel to music she has studied English, French and German and dedicated herself to photography and writing.
In the musicological field, when she was 21 years old, she won the Harpa Award (Prague, 1999) for her book on Elias Parish Alvars (1999, Odilia Publishing, 220 pages). She has written several articles appeared on major specialist journals (American Harp Journal, Harpa, World Harp Congress Review), and she has managed dozens of music editions for Amadeus Arte, and has recently signed an exclusive contract with Ut Orpheus. Some of her poems were published by PulcinoElefante Editions.
Since 2006 she is the promoter and artistic director of LakeComo Festival, a series of chamber music concerts held in the historical villas of Lake Como, Italy.
She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Canada (Westminister College - Salt Lake City, European Academy of Music, British Columbia University - Vancouver, New York University, Masterclass of Cervo, Conservatorio di Parma, Masterclass of Camerino, etc.).
Floraleda Sacchi, born in Como, initially dedicated herself to dance, and started studying the harp with Lisetta Rossi only when she was 14. She later studied with Alice Giles (Frankfurt a/M), Alice Chalifoux (Salzedo School, Camden, ME, USA) and with Judy Loman (Toronto, Canada), she consider her mentor.