STEFANO GIANNOTTI, born in 1963, is a composer, radioartist, and performer. He studied composition in Italy with Pietro Rigacci and Alvin Curran. He has performed in several European countries with the guitar music group, Trio Chitarristico Lucchese and was Artist-in-Residence in Berlin under the German academic Exchange Program (DAAD). He received the Karl-Sezuka-Preis twice for radio-art.


His repertoire ranges from performance, radio, and video-art to chamber, orchestra, and vocal music. His works develop themes on landscape, memory, life cycles, languages and the human voice. His compositions have been performed in international festivals in Wrocław, Helsinki, Berlin. Yokohama, Hong Kong, Karlsruhe, Taipei, North Carolina, Rotterdam among others. He also formed a band, OTEME, a mixed ensemble fusing chamber music and avant-garde rock. He has had productions with RAI Radio 1, RAI Radio 3, Polskie Radio, O. R. F., Radio France Culture, WDR Kőln SFB, Deutschland-Radio, Saarländicher Rundfunk, SWR, ABC.

STEFANO GIANNOTTI

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The Ifugao Cloud

PROGRAM NOTES

“The Ifugao Cloud” is inspired by singing and rhythms by the people from Ifugao and other parts of the Cordillera region in the Philippines. Some original rhythms, modal scales and riffs generally employed in tribal rites are moved from their original context and put into a sort of contrapuntal music frame where Western canon techniques have been employed. In this way, a meeting point between two different cultures - East and West - is created and united in music. 

Like part of my music and video production, “The Ifugao Cloud” uses landscape suggestions as a sort of music score to generate connections, reflections, and art processes. In the score, it is also possible to hear landscape suggestions, tribal males and females chatting and singing, courtship of young girls in the Kalinga Tribe, and so on.