Luigi Ceccarelli

ceccarelliLC_Vimeo_logo LC_Youtube_logoLC_Soundcloud_logo LC_Flickr_logoLC_Facebook_logoHe is a co-founding member of the “Edison Studio” and  since the 1970s he has worked as a composer of music with live electronics. He is interested in all forms of sound, irrespective of genre, and in the relationships between music and the performing arts.

 His work as a composer has brought him international recognition (Bourges Festival Prizes, UBU Prize – given by Italian theatre critics, Ars Electronica – Linz, MESS Festival Prize in Sarajevo, Special Prize at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade, “Hear” Prize by Hungarian Television, Opus Prize” from the “Conseil de la Musique du Quebec”). His works have been chosen many times for performance at the International Computer Music Conference and

 he has written various works for radio produced by the Italian broadcaster RAI and he composed work for theatre with “Teatro delle Albe”, “Fanny & Alexander”, and work for dance with “Wee Dance Company” and Robyn Orlin.
 Luigi Ceccarelli has held the post of Professor of Electronic Music Conservatory of Music of Latina.


Bianco Nero Piano Forte in Milan

Milan, May 17 – 26
Piano City 2019
Palazzo Reale, Hall Otto colonne, Piazza Duomo, 12
free entrance



a project by Mara Cantoni, Luigi Ceccarelli, Silvia Lelli, Roberto Masotti

Photographs Lelli e Masotti
Prose and verse Mara Cantoni
Music Luigi Ceccarelli

featuring the voices of Izumi Arakawa, Sonia Bergamasco, Paolo Bessegato, Elena Bucci, Mara Cantoni, Marco Cavalcoli, Sandro Cerino, Carole Chambellon, Enrico Fink, Gabriella Franchini, Camillo Grassi, Gabriel Kahn, Pietro Lucchino, Ermanna Montanari, Giovanna Mori

Video edited by the authors with Gerardo Lamattina
Production Ravenna Festival 2009
Music produced at Edison Studio, Roma / IMEB, Bourges
Set design Leonardo Scarpa Piano City Milano 2019
Set rearrangement E20 Progetti
with the support of Canon and Viabizzuno
Coordination Photo OP


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What are things when man is absent? Inert forms, prints on the surface of history or pulsing figures of the imaginary? And, particularly, what does a piano with no pianist do? Does it wait, meditate, evoke, is it simply there? Does it feel nostalgia for man? Perhaps the absence of man represents only the nostalgia it has of itself. Of sound, of timbre, of tone.
This original idea for an installation was born from a photographic series of great evocative power. The dreamy and vaguely surreal candour of the images, by encountering the ironic and imaginific texts and a multiform and ever-changing world of sound, gives place to a most fascinating and compact work. Different art-forms not only speak to one another, but, by listening to each other, converge.
So the piano, elected to the role of protagonist, rather than be observed by us, observes us. Implacable, black, shiny, tense. And also absolutely present, resting on one side, naked, receiving projected images on its cords, only lightly filtered by a veil, making its cords sing, stimulated by slight electro-mechanic vibrations.
Forty photographs, all rigourously in black and white, of pianos in various contexts, seen from unusual perspectives: they are revealed as creatures who are sometimes alarming, almost always mysterious.
Twenty accompanying texts go with the images, infusing them with a sort of evocative and sometimes whacky animism: they are brief stories, dialogues, poetic verses or paradoxical commentaries where the fantastic dimension is woven together with literary or musical references.
The sound ambience brings out the piano’s most unusual and interior voice, transforming the visual journey into a multi-dimensional space, translating written words into infinite shades of dialogue with the instrument.
(translation by Lee Colbert)

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Bianco Nero Piano Forte
is made of 24 pieces, 40 photos and 24 texts.