Live Performance


Sonorization by Alessandro d’Alessandro / Live visuals by Gianluca Abbate

Alessandro D’Alessandro’s music, contemporary folk psychedelia, in which the sound of roots is mixed with electronics, original writing, and an ongoing search for the sounds. He developed his ‘prepared organ’ over years of work and study, always relating to disparate worlds.
In VisionAria all of this will be projected within the images, which in theirintrinsic nature, escape reduction to a single narrative; they are, instead, objects open to multiple interpretations. When faced with the most complex images, those countless times observed, analyzed, and narrated, it might be useful to take a different approach.
Abandoning, even momentarily, the perspective of those who have gone before us and looking at them through a personal lens, our own eyes, might reveal unexplored and meaningful stories for ourselves.
Gianluca Abbate’s video projections that will accompany the music and sounds of Alessandro D’Alessandro aim to unite different eras and styles. Live visuals will develop narratively throughout the course of the performance. This will be made possible through the use of different techniques ranging from cut-outs to animated collage. The fusion of tradition and modernity, in line with the music, with the use of computer graphics, live footage, inserts from other films, archival images, mixing color and black and white, will bring the visual narrative to life. VisionAria is Air and Images.

June 1 10:30 p.m.
Alcazar Live

will follow
Dj set by Efee

Alessandro D’Alessandro began the study of the accordion at the age of nine, in Coreno Ausonio, his home town located in the cultural-historical border area that is Lower Lazio, where he began to learn the first rudiments of the instrument from the great heritage of tradition. Always interested in a wide variety of musical forms, «he is unanimously considered one of the most talented Italian organists», particularly appreciated for his technique, versatility and timbral research. An explorer and experimenter of sounds, he pioneered the use of electronics applied to the accordion. He created an original percussion system for the accordion, which combined with continuous modulation of sounds, through the use of effects, loops and various objects ‘applied’ directly to the instrument, he called ‘prepared accordion,’ exploiting a term generally in use in the contemporary music.
He has collaborated both in the studio and live with numerous artists, including Sergio Cammariere, Neri Marcorè, Elio, Rocco Papaleo, Joan Manuel Serrat, Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti (Musica Nuda), David Riondino, Daniele Sepe, Paolo Angeli, Roy Paci, Gianni Coscia, Vinicio Marchioni, Gigliola Cinquetti, Banda Osiris, Maria Pia De Vito, Marc Perrone, Flaco Biondini, Sonia Bergamasco, Angelo Branduardi & Franco Battiato, Roberto Angelini, Elena Ledda, Massimo Wertmuller, Peppe Voltarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Flo, Erica Mou, Daniele Di Bonaventura, Lucilla Galeazzi, Mauro Durante (CGS), Erdem Simsek, Pino Marino, Peppe Barra, Eugenio Barba & Odin Teatret, Fratelli Mancuso, Lino Cannavacciuolo, Marco Pastonesi, Tetes de Bois, Erica Boschiero, Cristiana Verardo, João Silva, Luigi Cinque, Fausto Mesolella, Patrizio Fariselli, Antonello Salis, Banda Ikona, Badara Seck and many more.
In 2017 he won the TARGA TENCO (best album in dialect) for the album Canti, ballate ed ipocondrie d’ammore (Squilibri) made together with Canio Loguercio.
He is the soloist and coordinator of Orchestra Bottoni, a particular big band formed mostly by organettos, combined with the rhythm and voice of Antonella Costanzo, with whom he has released several records including Orchestra Bottoni Live, a candidate for the 2014 Targa Tenco and much appreciated by specialized critics He has performed in some of the most important Italian and foreign festivals in the most diverse contexts from classical to worldmusic, from songwriting to jazz, from cinema to literature such as Festival Berlioz (France), Concerti del Quirinale (RaiRadio3), FIMU (France), WTM London (England), MeYouZik (Luxembourg), IKF Freiburg (Germany), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Roma Incontra il Mondo, MUM Extramadura (Spain), Premio Tenco, Folkest, Radio 3 Suite, Le Bal Rital (France), Barnasants (Spain), Percursos da Musica (Portugal), Napoli Teatro Festival, Festival Letteratura Mantova, Risorgimarche, Mare e Miniere, Festival della Creatività, Liri Blues, MuntagninJazz, Festambiente Sud, Carpino Folk Festival, Selinunte Archaeological Park, Loano Prize, Materadio (RaiRadio3), Lithos, LucaniaFilmFestival, Festival del Cinema Laceno d’Oro, Palazzo Reale Naples, La Notte della Taranta, ArtCity Lazio, Auditorium Parco della Musica – Rome, Italian Institute of Culture Tirana (Albania), Holstebro Festuge (Denmark), Polja Festival (Serbia) and more touring in Chile, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, France, Germany, Serbia…
He has written and performed music for film, theater, perfomative arts, and literature.

Gianluca Abbate is an experimental film artist and director. In 2016, he won a Silver Ribbon and in 2015 the award for best short film at the Torino Film Festival. In 2020 he was awarded the Golden Ephebe for New Languages and the Goethe Film Award at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. His films have been shown at the Ann Arbor festival in the United States, MAXXI in Rome, MMOMA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, MOCA Hiroshima, Palais de Tokyo, and broadcast on ARTE France. He created the graphic identity for RAI’s Stati Generali and Serena Dandini’s La TV Delle Ragazze. He has lectured at the Civic School of Cinema in Milan, the IED in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone and currently teaches at RomaTre University.