rm2: Caterina & Coltrane / The Pursuit of Transcendence
in July 2011, for the 150th Anniversary of the Unity of Italy, Biancamaria and Massimo de Majo presented the second production of their "reading mediterraneo" series. A program on spirituality and mysticism, where for the first time the timeless words of St. Catherine of Siena and the notes of John Coltrane’s suite “First Meditation for a Quartet” are performed together with a video installation by Biancamaria.
After a three months long research, Biancamaria has created five new texts, combining many striking passages from the 400 letters which Caterina wrote to popes, kings and common men of her times. These “song-poems” were specially written so to focus around the themes of Coltrane’s musical suite: Love, Compassion, Joy, Consequences and Serenity. A work that, reaching beyond the theological aspects of the letters, aims to the profound spiritual message carried by both Caterina and Coltrane. A timeless message of renewal, based on peace, honesty and selflessness.
The music is performed by an international group of artists led by Massimo de Majo on drums, with Danish saxophonist Thomas Agergaard, Italian Flavio Piantoni on bass and different guest artists such as Alessandro Giachero on piano, Franco Fabbrini on bass and the young Maltese pianist Andrew Bugeja.
In 2011 the project has been performed in Italy and in Malta, where it was invited to conclude the 19th edition of the festival Evenings on Campus. In 2012 "Caterina & Coltrane" will be touring again in Italy, Scandinavia and different cities in USA. The performance can also be seen on its own channel on YouTube.
Invited to conclude the 18th edition of the festival Evening On Campus, presented in August 2010 "reading mediterraneo", an innovative program of Maltese poetry, video installation and live jazz music.
Biancamaria performed in Italian and in English, interpreting poems by the well known Maltese poets John Cremona, Joe Friggieri, Maria Grech Ganado and Immanuel Mifsud.
For the musical side of this event, Italian percussionist Massimo de Majo has invited a group of well known international jazz artists: Maltese pianist Dominic Galea, Italian Flavio Piantoni on bass and, from Denmark, Thomas Agergaard on saxophones. The program included also special lyric recordings of Father Peter Serracino Inglott and a video installation by the Maltese multimedia artist Vince Briffa.
Ugo Foscolo's "Dei Sepolcri" / Mario Luzi's selected works
In January 2010 Massimo de Majo and Biancamaria were invited by The University of Malta for two challenging performances: a recital of Ugo Foscolo's daunting masterpiece "Dei Sepolcri" and a presentation of selected works by Italian Poet Laureate, Mario Luzi. These two hour-long monologues, presented along with a vibrant counterpoint of visual art and original scores, proposed a completely new approach to some of the most important examples of Italian poetry.
bisbigli... partitura poetica per sampler, voce recitante e percussioni
In October 2009 Massimo de Majo and Biancamaria were asked by the Italian Embassy in Malta to create a new production for the IX Week for the Italian Language in the World. It became bisbigli... a dream-like monologue threaded with poetry, soundscapes and texts spanning from St. Francis and Dante, to the words of contemporary poets and song writers.
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Futurism, Massimo de Majo and Biancamaria have been invited by the Italian Cultural Institute and the University of Malta to perform their arrangements for voice and percussion of two texts of F.T. Marinetti. The performance took place at the University Main Hall in May 2009, in connection to Prof. Massimo Arcangeli's seminar on the Futurist Movement.