Sunday, May 1, 2011

AngelicA - Festival Internazionale di Musica - May 5-28, 2011

Art shows us what is still invisible: it opens us up to new realms, it awakens us. 
“Contemporary” is anything we are drawn to by our inspiration, free from interference: it can be something ancient, or that is seen as ancient and old-fashioned, but that is absolutely new and necessary. 
“Contemporary” is anything that poses questions and makes us think, that corresponds to a time (which one?). 
“Contemporary” is also the reflection, the result of the culture of the time, of a state of
things. In this case its function may appear to be limited, inadequate, perhaps because it is too close to the world we are living in and almost closed upon itself, with no chances to grow and take off. A great amount of energy can be spent on a project, especially when its organizers want to bring something useful, stimulating and innovative to a stagnant scene.
In these times of crisis of the Institutions and of a great need for renovation, such choices can bring solutions, new life and a sense of hope that used to be let down in the past. 
Bologna welcomed us. 
Bologna is permeated by a contemporary reason, sedimented through time, and made up of the most diverse experiences: it is a hidden treasure that stirs silently.
An apparition, an event beyond our measures, causes a change with no return.
Giving shape to an idea requires an exchange beyond mutual limits.
In the midst of a thousand manifestations of protest, immersed in chaos, the opportunity to listen to an imaginative, creative voice that can reestablish a balance on several levels, open up once again the doors of imagination and give hope to our doings…this is a key.
Neptune among us, for a sensitive city.
Massimo Simonini
Complete program here: featuring Jim O' Rourke, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury, Wadada Leo Smith, Stefano Scodanibbio, Cristina Zavalloni, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Paal Nilssen-Love, Lasse Marhaug, Heiner Goebbels, and many others.

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