Partecipanti GUITAR 2020

I tre video vincenti del concorso GUITAR 2020 sono visibili qui. I video degli altri partecipanti verranno presentati qui di seguito, in ordine alfabetico, nelle prossime settimane.


Riccardo Calogiuri (1990) - Italy

"Ponte tra Occidente e Oriente, proteso nel cuore del Mediterraneo, crocevia di tutti i passaggi e le rotte percorribili nel mondo antico, il Salento, la mia terra, è stato abitato sin dall’alba dell’uomo e ogni popolo ha lasciato la propria impronta. Di ogni civiltà si possono ammirare ricche testimonianze e incantevoli bellezze, in un gioco prezioso di luci, colori, memorie, tradizioni, linguaggi. Nel Salento, vi è Lecce, città con un barocco diverso da tutti gli altri, nelle cui opere si esprime una grande raffinatezza, unica nel suo genere; certo è anche greca, bizantina, normanna, araba, spagnola, borbonica, ma barocca è la sua anima più autentica, che si riflette nei palazzi e nelle chiese, una poesia di angeli, santi e frutti di pietra, un’armonia di fregi che fanno coro su un balcone e lasciano chi li osserva, sempre meravigliato.

Per esprimere altrettanta grandezza, ho scelto di interpretare J. S. Bach, straordinario compositore di quel periodo, eseguendo il preludio dalla suite in Mi maggiore per liuto BWV 1006/a e proponendovi alcune immagini del Salento e di questo particolare barocco."


Riccardo Calogiuri (1990) - Italy

My basic idea for this video was to take the expectation of a classical guitar and turn it upside down. Although it will not always seem like that, all the sounds you hear are produced on one classical guitar, without any effects or post-processing (except the backwards video-playback in the very end). For me, it’s not about trying to do something new, but about curiosity and the process of exploring. I hope this video evokes some reaction in the viewer, either positive or negative, and maybe even leads to discussions about what classical guitar is, can, or should be.


Marco Carta (1992) - Italy

"La musica, come molte altre forme di espressione artistica, è composta da pratica, ricerca ed emozione. Abito su un'isola dove i cambiamenti del tempo danno un tono molto particolare all'ambiente, sia dentro che fuori città. Questo mi dà sensazioni molto forti e ispirazione che, tradotte in linguaggio musicale, arricchiscono la performance."

Il mio video segue questo schema:

  1. Ponce’s Prelude n. 7 – La mia attività di studio, in breve 
  2. Ponce’s Prelude n. 8 – Acqua, pioggia: riflessività
  3. Ponce’s Prelude n. 9 – Fuoco: l'energia durante l'esibizione
  4. Ponce’s Prelude n. 10 – Vento, il mare: un orizzonte da guardare.


Marco Carta (1992) - Italy

"La musica, come molte altre forme di espressione artistica, è composta da pratica, ricerca ed emozione. Abito su un'isola dove i cambiamenti del tempo danno un tono molto particolare all'ambiente, sia dentro che fuori città. Questo mi dà sensazioni molto forti e ispirazione che, tradotte in linguaggio musicale, arricchiscono la performance."

Il mio video segue questo schema:

  1. Ponce’s Prelude n. 7 – La mia attività di studio, in breve 
  2. Ponce’s Prelude n. 8 – Acqua, pioggia: riflessività
  3. Ponce’s Prelude n. 9 – Fuoco: l'energia durante l'esibizione
  4. Ponce’s Prelude n. 10 – Vento, il mare: un orizzonte da guardare.


Benjamin Čaušević (1994) and Luka Lovreković (1995) - Croatia

"Benjamin Causevic and Luka Lovrekovic started playing together in 2019 after they both enrolled to Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria in the class of Lukasz Kuropaczewski. In this short performance we wanted to show the contrast between two masters of their time, Johann Sebastian Bach and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and at the same time to make a cohesion between their Preludes and Fugue."


Benjamin Čaušević (1994) and Luka Lovreković (1995) - Croatia

"Benjamin Causevic and Luka Lovrekovic started playing together in 2019 after they both enrolled to Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria in the class of Lukasz Kuropaczewski. In this short performance we wanted to show the contrast between two masters of their time, Johann Sebastian Bach and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and at the same time to make a cohesion between their Preludes and Fugue."


Georgi Dimitrov - Jojo (2000) - Bulgaria

"In dark times, artists are looking for the very inspiration which drives the spirit to create. The empty streets of the city are no cure for loneliness. The nostalgia for something that was once alive and flowing like a river now seems to be a frozen lake. This is a universe where time has no value. I understand art as an antidote to this “dream of lying and inconstancy”. Artists find salvation within themselves. They always carry on, they continue to see the world with both eyes open wide and never stop looking for truth, revealing it through their work – like Fransisco Goya and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco did. We should not stop being who we are. We must continue on our own paths. That is how we can turn the world into a better place."


Georgi Dimitrov - Jojo (2000) - Bulgaria

"In dark times, artists are looking for the very inspiration which drives the spirit to create. The empty streets of the city are no cure for loneliness. The nostalgia for something that was once alive and flowing like a river now seems to be a frozen lake. This is a universe where time has no value. I understand art as an antidote to this “dream of lying and inconstancy”. Artists find salvation within themselves. They always carry on, they continue to see the world with both eyes open wide and never stop looking for truth, revealing it through their work – like Fransisco Goya and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco did. We should not stop being who we are. We must continue on our own paths. That is how we can turn the world into a better place."


Nestor Laurent-Perroto (1998) - France

"Who are we playing for?

For me, playing the guitar in 2020 is about the need to link the tradition of the repertoire with the development of a more intuitive and creative practice of music.

I chose to play Manuel de Falla's Homenaje, because of its emotional and historical importance, and I placed it like a phantom in a large empty concert hall, in the middle of an improvisation.

This performance is imbued with a mystical atmosphere, making the absent public (audience, loved ones, missing composers, and even us) appear ghostly."


Nestor Laurent-Perroto (1998) - France

"Who are we playing for?

For me, playing the guitar in 2020 is about the need to link the tradition of the repertoire with the development of a more intuitive and creative practice of music.

I chose to play Manuel de Falla's Homenaje, because of its emotional and historical importance, and I placed it like a phantom in a large empty concert hall, in the middle of an improvisation.

This performance is imbued with a mystical atmosphere, making the absent public (audience, loved ones, missing composers, and even us) appear ghostly."


Cassie Martin (2002) - France

"For this video on the theme Guitar 2020, I have chosen to combine dance and music, performing a very popular song in Argentina: Alfonsina y el Mar, composed by the Argentinean pianist Ariel Ramírez and the writer Félix Luna d'Ariel. The transcription for guitar was done by Roland Dyens.

The choreography, in a contemporary style, is inspired by the text of this song which tells the tragic story of Alfonsina Storni, a poetess of postmodernism who committed suicide in 1938 in Mar del Plata by throwing herself into the sea."


Cassie Martin (2002) - France

"For this video on the theme Guitar 2020, I have chosen to combine dance and music, performing a very popular song in Argentina: Alfonsina y el Mar, composed by the Argentinean pianist Ariel Ramírez and the writer Félix Luna d'Ariel. The transcription for guitar was done by Roland Dyens.

The choreography, in a contemporary style, is inspired by the text of this song which tells the tragic story of Alfonsina Storni, a poetess of postmodernism who committed suicide in 1938 in Mar del Plata by throwing herself into the sea."


Davide Picci (1998) - Italy

"The guitar is an intimate instrument, perfect for expressing the introspective side of the human soul.

Here, I will present a suite (which collects "inner" movements) composed by a very young composer: Stefano Vivaldini.

I have chosen to play a piece taken from an unpublished collection entitled: "Trasparenze". The piece, which introduces the collection, is called "l'Entusiasmo" and is followed by "La Quiete", "l'Incomunicabilità", "Interludio per ritrovar se stessi" and "l'Autenticità". An emotional journey that winds through five different movements. It is particularly complex to interpret a piece of music that has a specific emotion as its object, but, certainly, the purpose of the piece is in line with what is the final aim of music: to move emotions."

Music: Stefano Vivaldini from the "Trasparenze" collection:

- Entusiasmo

- Interludio per ritrovar se stessi (background music video introduction) 

 


Davide Picci (1998) – Italy

"The guitar is an intimate instrument, perfect for expressing the introspective side of the human soul.

Here, I will present a suite (which collects "inner" movements) composed by a very young composer: Stefano Vivaldini.

I have chosen to play a piece taken from an unpublished collection entitled: "Trasparenze". The piece, which introduces the collection, is called "l'Entusiasmo" and is followed by "La Quiete", "l'Incomunicabilità", "Interludio per ritrovar se stessi" and "l'Autenticità". An emotional journey that winds through five different movements. It is particularly complex to interpret a piece of music that has a specific emotion as its object, but, certainly, the purpose of the piece is in line with what is the final aim of music: to move emotions."

Music: Stefano Vivaldini from the "Trasparenze" collection:

- Entusiasmo

- Interludio per ritrovar se stessi (background music video introduction)