Artistic Direction


ÇIATU, 2022 (50’) ***
for vocalists, disklaviers, ensemble,
recorded voices and live electronics
Text by Paolo Buonvino
based on literary and documentary fragments about the concept of breath in Sicily
Paolo Buonvino, piano and live electronics
Rossella Ruini, Badara Seck,
Faisal Taher, vocalists
Pasquale Laino, wind instruments
and live electronics
Seby Burgio, keyboard and live electronics
PMCE - Parco della Musica
Contemporanea Ensemble
Manuel Zurria, flutes
Paolo Ravaglia, ethnic flutes and clarinets
Flavio Tanzi, percussion
Francesco Peverini, violin I
Filippo Fattorini, violin II
Luca Sanzò, viola
Anna Armatys, cello
Massimo Ceccarelli, doublebass
Tommaso Cancellieri, sound design
Fabio Venturi, audio project
Tonino Battista, conductor
2 Yamaha Disklavier D U1 EN verticals
1 Yamaha C7X EN Disklavier
Thierry Coduys, Paolo Buonvino, sound
design and live electronics
Silvia Barbera, musical assistant
Irma Blank, art installation
Maria Grazia Chiuri per / for DIOR, costumes
Antonello Pocetti, direction
Marco Lucarelli, light project
Maria Alicata, curator visual project
production of the Irma Blank art
installation by Bureau Betak for DIOR
Madre, video animation
Commission La Biennale di Venezia
Production La Biennale di Venezia
Thanks to House of DIOR for the production
of the costumes
Thanks to P420, Bologna for Irma Blank’s

The etymology of the Sicilian dialect word “çiatu” derives from the Latin “flatus”, “breath”, but in popular usage the same term takes the form of an expression of affection, çiatu miu, “my soul”, “my life”: almost a whisper of love. In this twofold sense the word sums up the profound feelings of Sicilian composer Paolo Buonvino in the work to which it gives the title. The author’s intention is to stimulate the listener to focus on his or her breathing, a practice which, with its meditative and calming effect, can help to overcome our paralysis, free us from excess and from the ambient noise that surrounds us, thereby creating the ideal conditions for knowing ourselves in our simplicity, whatever the culture that shaped us. In many philosophies and religions breathing is the act that gives origin to life and, as such, is an essential means to return to the centre of one’s being and to attain a sense of elevation and inner peace. It is not by chance that in many cultures the same word means both a breath and the soul.
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