BIOGRAPHY

Antonino is graduated in flute at "St. Cecilia" Conservatoire of Rome with Enrico Casularo. He improved his skills in performance practice of 20th century chamber music with Nestor Eidler, he has also attended for three years the course "MusicaEnergia" (Music & Energy) in Italy and Spain. He performed many concerts in Italy and abroad. He studied composition with Mauro Cardi, focusing on electronic music, music and imaging interaction research and musical metalinguistic topics as deepest communication media.

His music production is oriented towards the research and experimentation on new expressive abilities which arise from the interference between different music languages and technologies applied to arts. His attention is focused on intermediality, live electronics and performers' interaction, in a continuous dynamic exchange between gesture/improvisation and control/composition.

He obtained a first-class degree in Electronic Music Composition at Perugia Conservatoire with Luigi Ceccarelli.

box He collaborated as a sound director with "Musica Verticale" (festival "Musica in Mostra", Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Goethe Institut - Roma), "C.R.M." (Centro Ricerche Musicali) and the composer Michelangelo Lupone (assistant in "Ciclo Astrale", Auditorium del Castello - L'Aquila), and steadily collaborated as a composer and sound director with "Duo Echos": a contemporary duo that performed with ancients and electronic flutes and devices (Teatro Rendano - Cosenza; festival "Notturno Etrusco" Villa Giulia, festival di Musica Verticale "Musica in Mostra" - Roma, "Houston International Festival" - Texas, U.S.A.; Teatro di Documenti - Roma; "Musique pour les Chateaux" - Sion, Grandson, Chillon, Montreaux, Switzerland).

Sound director and composer of part of the music for the poetry and music concert "Nei Limiti della Norma", for actress and flute (Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Roma; New York University, N.Y. - U.S.A.; Massey College, Toronto University - Canada), from an idea of Giovannella De Luca and Giovanni Trovalusci. Sound director and composer of the music for the show "Segni di Poesia, Lingua di Pace", for actress, flute and live electronics (Teatro delle Arti - Roma).

In 1993 he founded with Rodolfo Siri the musical group "Ace of Pentacles". "Ace of Pentacles" moves between ambient music, electronic music, ethnic music from middle orient and minimalist music, creating the right fusion and dialog between electronic and acoustic instruments. In 1995 the CD "Ace of Pentacles" was released.

In 2000 he met the percussionist and vocalist Umberto Papadia, from Salento (Apulia - South of Italy), with whom started a profitable research on traditional singing of South of Italy and North Africa. Together they begun the project "Ammaraciccappa" - Ecstatic Rhythms of South Italy, Desert Voices and Metropolitan Sounds -. He is the producer for "Il Canto Lontano" of the first "Ammaraciccappa" CD: "Al Qantarah", distributed by CNI (Compagnia Nuove Indye).

The audio/visual live performance Cut-up & grain, Chapter 1: Life, conceived and performed together with Cesare Saldicco, obtained a Mention within the 36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art / Bourges 2009, in the section Arts Electroniques - Category 2.

Finalist, with his piece Envoys (for female voice, winds, audio sequencing and live electronics), within the "European competition for live-electronic music projects" organized by ECPNM (European Conference of Promoters of New Music), and hosted by the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2007. Envoys was also selected for the ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) 2008.

His piece Riflessioni, for computer processed flute sounds, won the 34th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music Bourges 2007, in the section Trivium First category, and was also selected within the 3rd Federazione CEMAT call for Electroacoustic Music works.

He has collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Francesco Scavetta carrying out the sound design and the live electronics music for the piece Sincerely yours, premiered at Full Moon Dance Festival, Pyhäjärvi - Finland.

Recently he has established, together with Anna Troisi, a new project called ..::Electroshop::..
..::Electroshop::.. is a workshop where the building of sounding artworks (the "concrete" musical instruments), the programming of original audio/video signal processing software overlap with music pieces, achieving a correspondence between the created instruments, the live video and the music. It is in this way that the musical composition conforms to the concept of a "unique work of art". ..::Electroshop::.. was premiered during the 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival 2009 (Rome) and Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2010 (Plymouth - UK).

He is Honorary Research Fellow in Electronic Music Composition in the Faculty of Arts, member of the ICCMR (Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research) - University of Plymouth (UK) and Professor in Electronic Music at the "Licinio Refice" Conservatoire of Frosinone (Italy).

He is also active as movie soundtracks composer:

  • Falling; a short film by Adriano Cirulli.
  • Tutto da Sola; a short movie by Carlo Chiaramonte.
  • Un'infermiera di nome Laura; a film by Stefano Viali.
  • Forme; short movie by Stefano Viali.
  • The Hidden Gendercide; docu-fiction by Stefano Viali.
  • Il Centro del Mondo; documentary by Carlo Chiaramonte [with Luca Chiaramonte].
  • Le donne vestivano gonne fiorite; documentary by Carlo Chiaramonte [with Luca Chiaramonte].
  • Lotta libera; short movie by Stefano Viali (55th Berlinale - Panorama Section. David di Donatello 2005 ex equo - Best Italian short movie).
  • Casa Eden; feature film directed by Fabio Bonzi [with Gian Andrea Tabacchi].
  • Per legittima difesa; short movie by Nancy Tornello (first prize "Corto Concorso Massimo Troisi" 2004).
  • ..::Electroshop::..

    In a moment of inspired synchronicity, Anna Troisi and I felt the stirrings of an idea within each of us; as if hearing the cue tone of a video reel beginning to play, we looked at each other began to laugh and share the first few frames of a ‘Sounding Imaginary Concept’.

    Research

    An innovative computer music application is under development at ICCMR - University of Plymouth - in collaboration with the University of Reading. A hybrid wetware-silicon device is used in order to produce a data workflow useful to sound production.

    News & Updates

    Ljubjana (SL), September 11th 2012
    ICMC 2012
    Institute for Sonic Arts Research (IRZU)

    Falling
    Adriano Cirulli - director
    Antonino Chiaramonte - electroacoustic soundtrack

    Aarhus (DK), May 2 2012
    h. 14.00 - Seminar:
    Electroacoustic Music Composition: a personal approach to Acousmatic and Live Electronics works.
    h. 20.00:
    The Royal Accademy of Music
    The Concert Hall

    A portrait concert of Antonino Chiaramonte's acousmatic works.