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.


De Zarb a Daf

Electroacoustic music 1997

for zarb, daf and prerecorded sounds of zarb and daf.
surround diffusion 5.1
duration: 16’30”
commisson: Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (FRA)
1st performance: Bourges, Festival “Syntèse 97”, Palais Jacqes Coeur – may 30, 1997
performer: Mahamad Gavhi Helm

Honorary Mention – Prix Ars Electronica ’98-Linz


“De Zarb à Daf” is the result of an encounter between two musical worlds that seem as distant as can be: electro-acoustic music and traditional Iranian music. It is an endeavour to bring two cultures together through the creation of music, moving toward areas which are not yet familiar while maintaining a link of continuity between the traditions of the past and the technology of the future and blending their particular emotional qualities with respect and sensitivity for both.

“De Zarb à Daf” also lets us into a special relationship arising between two musicians who have brought together their completely different experiences: Luigi Ceccarelli, an Italian electro-acoustic composer and Mahammad Ghavi-Helm, an Iranian percussionist.

The title of this piece refers to the Zarb and the Daf, both of which are traditional Iranian drums, which are an integral part of all the passages of the work, starting from the live sound recording and leading to the final piece in its fully elaborated form.

“De Zarb à Daf” is intended as a homage to Master Teherani, who is a pioneer of the technique of playing the Zarb. It also proposes to launch a style involving the combination of centuries-old musical performance techniques with the resources of digital technology.

The piece was commissioned by the Institute of Electro-acoustic Music of Bourges. It was conceived and completely realized in Bourges, in the first months of 1997, in the Charybde studio of the Institute.

De zarb à daf (1997) è la proliferazione incessante di suoni percussivi. Sorprende, affascina, conquista. Zarb e daf sono i nomi di tamburi della tradizione persiana, impiegati dal vivo dal solista iraniano (ora cittadino francese) Mahamad Ghavi Helm che ha regalato i suoi suoni ai campionatori di Ceccarelli. Ne è uscita una partitura formidabile. Innegabili gli echi di una cultura musicale arcaica, ma qui c’è tutta la metropoli che ribolle, che si innerva di conflitti e di soggettività plurime. Le macchine magiche di Ceccarelli frazionano i battiti, li dilatano, entrano in zone sismiche,evocano un Elvin Jones o un Hamid Drake al cubo.  (Mario Gamba – Il Manifesto 6 Ottobre 2007).


 CD – ICMC 2008 – Routes/Roots
including  De Zarb à Daf
performed by Mahammad Ghavi Helm
duration 17:44
ICMC 2008 – International Computer Music Conference
Sonic Arts Research Center




CD – Zarbing -Edison Studio
La Frontiera LFDL 18401 – RaiTrade RTP00902005
including – De Zarb à Daf
performed by Mahammad Ghavi-Helm
produced by Edison Studio for La Frontiera and RAI Trade


Principali esecuzioni
May 30, 97 – Bourges (Fra), Festival “Syntèse 97”, Palais Jacqes Coeur
Apr 01, 97 – Bourges (Fra), Maison de la Culture, Grand Théatre
Mar 04, 99 – Lucé (Fra), Espace Culturel Autrica
Jun 26, 99 – Ravenna (Ita), Ravenna Festival, Teatro Goldoni-Bagnacavallo “Luce d’Oriente”
Nov 26, 00 – Stockholm (Sve), Sodra Teatern, Persisk Musik
Nov 21, 02 – Roma (Ita), Edisonstudio Crossings, Sala Casella
Jun 03, 03 – Bruxelles (Belgio), Festival Musiques et Recherches, Chapelle de Boondael
May 12, 04 – Roma (Ita), International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music, Conservatorio
Dec 08, 04 – Milan (Ita), Milano Musica, Spazio Antologico
Apr 07, 06 – Helsinki (Fin), Chamber Concert Hall, Sibelius Academy
Sep 25, 07 – Rimini (Ita), Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, Teatro degli Atti
Sep 27, 08 – Belfast (UK), ICMC International Computer Music Conference, Mandela Hall
Sep 22, 11 – Roma (Ita), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Teatro Studio,, Zurkhaneh