Valentina Bertolani

Valentina is a musicologist specialized in experimental and electronic music, collective improvisation, and cultural diplomacy. She is also interested in cultural policy and tensions between transnational and local cultural networks. She is one of the co-editors of the book Live-Electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study (Routledge 2018). Her work has been published in miscellaneous volumes and in Music Theory Online and presented at numerous international conferences. She hold a PhD from the University of Calgary (Canada) where she was the recipient of various awards and scholarships, such as the prestigious Izaak Killam Walton Scholarship. She pursued master and bachelor degrees from the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage at the University of Pavia. She received the Deep Listening® certificate from the Deep Listening Institute created by Pauline Oliveros. She taught undergraduate courses and seminars at the University of Calgary (Canada) and University of Birmingham (UK). 

Luisa Santacesaria

Luisa is a musician, musicologist, and curator. She is interested in the relationship between composition and improvisation, sound and contemporary art, highbrow and “off” musical scenes. She graduated in piano at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and musicology at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of Cremona (University of Pavia) with a master thesis on the relationship between sound and space in electro-acoustic music. She was music curator of Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato (2016-2017). She currently collaborates as musicologist with the Amici della Musica di Firenze concert season, the Centro Studi Luciano Berio, and with the research center Tempo Reale, where she curates the experimental music concert season TRK. Sound Club and the website musicaelettronica.it. She is a member of the collective of musicians Blutwurst and the ensemble Esecutori di Metallo su Carta of the record label 19’40”.

Luisa and Valentina have been collaborating on various projects since 2009.

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