Reading Mediterraneo
http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=110197

Italian artists Biancamaria Stanzani Ghedini and Massimo de Majo will conclude this year’s edition of Evening On Campus presenting their new production Reading Mediterraneo, an innovative programme of Maltese poetry, video installation and live jazz music.

Having moved to Malta in 2009, Ms Stanzani Ghedini and Mro de Majo are two new artistic presences on the island. During this past year, they have already performed on different occasions at the University, but this is their first production aimed to a larger audience.

Ms Stanzani Ghedini is a powerful and eclectic performer who has dedicated her career in shaping a very personal style, often combining visual arts, literature and contemporary music in one unified form of expression. Having founded her own theatre company in Rome, during the last 25 years she has successfully performed in theatres and festivals across Europe and in Latin America.

Mro de Majo is a percussionist and a composer who has divided his work between performing contemporary jazz and composing for the theatre and contemporary dance. He has lived and performed abroad for many years under the direct mentorship of jazz masters as David Liebman, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock and Horace Parlan. Today he also lectures at the University of Malta, teaching Jazz Music, Performance Techniques and other specialised courses for the Music Department.

Ms Stanzani Ghedini will perform in Italian and in English, interpreting poems by the well known Maltese poets John Cremona, Joe Friggieri, Maria Grech Ganado and Immanuel Mifsud. “The poems we have chosen touch a wide spectrum of themes” she explains, “ranging from the more personal to the historical, from the love for nature to the profound questions about life, loving and coming to age. They are a true representation of the timeless depth of these wonderful poets. It has been extremely inspiring to work with these texts.”

For the musical side of this event, Mro de Majo has invited a group of well known international jazz artists: Maltese pianist Dominic Galea, Italian Flavio Piantoni on electric bass and from Denmark, Thomas Agergaard on saxophones.

The music that will fill the evening consists of original compositions by the members of the ensemble as well as well known pieces by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others.

Poetry interpretation and live music performance are not the only components of this special evening, though. The programme in fact will also include two other important contributions with special lyric recordings of Father Peter Serracino Inglott and a video installation by Maltese multimedia artist Vince Briffa.

Reading Mediterraneo will take place on 10 August at 8.30pm at The Atriju Vassalli, University of Malta, Msida Campus. Tickets at €8 are available at the door or can be reserved from the Communications & Alumni Relations Office on campus, Rm 133, Administration Bldg. or on email: eveningsoncampus@um.edu.mt

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