Fiorella Battaglia is the Director of the Laboratory for Ethics in the Wild in the Digital Humanities Centre at the University of Salento, where she is also appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Themes of her research are the hard ethical questions posed by emerging technologies which are shaping our social and epistemic practices and our moral experiences. She got her philosophy degree at the University of Pisa and received her doctoral degree in philosophy and politics from the University of Naples “L'Orientale” (2004) under the supervision of Rossella Bonito Oliva. 2016 she completed her habilitation in practical philosophy
and received her venia legendi from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich (Germany). She was also acting professor of epistemology at the Medical School of the University of Pisa and visiting professor at the Dirpolis and Biorobotics Institutes of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced
Studies in Pisa.
Milena Cappabianca took her degree in Medicine and Surgery, Parma University in 1983 and then the specialization in Neuropsychiatry for Children and Adolescents at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Member of Italian Psychoanalytical Society (S.P.I) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (I.P.A), in 1992, having won a public competition, she began working at the Department of Psychiatric Diagnoses and Mental Health treatment, Rome. She taught Clinical Psychiatry for nurses. She has been clinical tutor for junior doctors in Psychiatry at Frascati Hospital (Rome). She participated in numerous national and international congresses. She is also a playwright. Her work, Pappagallo Blues has been mentioned: ‘For the delicacy with which he tells the nuances of relationships and feelings, using music as a counterpoint woven into the very structure of the story’ at the Firenze Film Corti Festival 2020.
Dando Citarella is a musician and ethnomusicologist. He studied and collaborated with important artists such as Eduardo De Filippo, Dario Fo, Linsday Kemp, Roberto De Simone and Ugo Gregoretti. He participated, as opera and baroque singer, in some films directed by Mario Monicelli, Luigi Magni, Cristina Comencini and Franco Zeffirelli. In 2003 he was appointed honorary member of the Register of Italian and European Writers and Artists for the Italian National Commission for UNESCO for the work carried out in the field of research on Traditional Music and Popular Theater of Southern Italy Protagonist of Opere buffe , musical comedies and concerts in Italy and abroad and, in particular in 1996, at the Edinburgh Festival as the only Italian opera singer and as choreographer and author of a show of contemporary ethnic dances. Since 1990 he has been a professor at the I.s.f.o.m. (training institute for music therapist operators) in Naples directed by Dr. G. Di Franco where he teaches Folklore Music and Movement in the popular rituals of central-southern Italy and in the Mediterranean. Since 98 he has been collaborating with the U.Giordano Conservatory of Music in Foggia on behalf of ISMEZ and CONFIAM, as a teacher of Therapy and Folklore. In 2007 he creates the Mozart Project south of Naples thus bringing the Opera to the courtyards of small provincial towns as well as to festivals such as Berlioz of La Còte S’Andre, Lyon, Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Linz and the tour in 2010 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on the occasion of the foundation of the Historical Archive of Neapolitan Song and later at the Ravello Festival. Professor of Traditional Music at the L'Aquila Conservatory of Music.
Carla Conti is professor of Choir Conducting and Choral Repertoire at the Conservatory of Music ‘Santa Cecilia’ in Rome. She took her degree in Musicology (Alma Mater University in Bologna) and her Masters in Piano, in Choral Music and Choir Conducting, and in Music Education. Her fields of research: Gender issues; Neapolitan song; Leadership in music communities. Among her publications: a monograph Nobilissime allieve – della musica a Napoli tra Sette e Ottocento (Guida, 2003); De l’ hortus clausus à la chambre de musique: l’enseignement de la musique à Naples dans la première moitié du xixe siècle (Symétrie Lyon, 2016); Zeneide Lebzeltern. Musica e diplomazia al femminile nella Napoli dell’Ottocento (SEDM, 2021). She presented her research works at numerous international conferences/symposia (Helsinki, Bern, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Bruxelles). Among her participations in congress/conferences: 2012 Helsinki, “Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Quatre Instants’ Analysis”; 2017 Berna University) “Ma tu vulive ‘a pizza”. Neapolitan song and cultural tourism; 2017 Vienna, IKM / MDW “A dramatic song: consonances and dissonances of gender issues in the Reform of Music Education in Italy”; Cultural Forum, Saint Petersburg 2019 “Diplomacy and women's contribution to the preservation of musical heritage”; 2020 EhBInternational Days “Au choir come à la guerre. Impact of Gender and power dynamics in the choral conducting practice” (online Bruxelles); 2022 "Gender issues and digitalization in musical careers” at the Conference Ethics and Digitalization IV (online Berlin).
Together with Michealangelo Galeati and their team she creates Lab 6 in Rome.
Duilio D'Alfonso holds a degree in philosophy from Rome University “La Sapienza” and a PhD in Philosophy of Language and Mind from University of Palermo. He graduated in Piano and in Composition from the Music Conservatory of L’Aquila. As a composer, a number of compositions have been performed in Italy and abroad, and were transmitted in various radio programs. He taught Harmony and Counterpoint in several Italian Conservatories. In 2020 he was appointed professor at the State Conservatory of music ‘Santa Cecilia’ in Rome. Since then, he has been
teaching Harmony and Analysis, Acoustics, Music Psychology, and Philosophy of Music. As a music theorist, he works on Music Cognition, Schenkerian analysis, neo-Riemannian theory. He is also involved in theory of Musical Form (Formenlehre) and in 20th century avant-garde music.
Raffaele Di Mauro (Caserta, 1976) obtained in 2013 the PhD in History, Science and Techniques of Music at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", where he was subsequently also a contract professor of Ethnomusicology. He has a collaboration contract for the chair of Musicology and History of Music at the University of Naples "Suor Orsola Benincasa". He is currently professor of History of Music in Music and Dance High Schools. He is the scientific director of the “Campania Sound Archive of Oral Tradition Music” in Naples and a founding member of the “Alan Lomax Study Center” based in Palermo. He has given various speeches at national and international scientific conferences, and has published essays in Italian and English, in particular on the Neapolitan song of the early nineteenth century and on the traditional music of the Campania area.
Adriano Ercolani is among the main authors who collaborated with Giovanni Casoli in the literature anthology "Novecento Letterario Italiano e Europeo”. He is the vice president of the nonprofit association InnerPeace. He has been dealing with the relationship between Western and Eastern culture for over twenty years. As a critic and journalist, he contributes with articles for the following websites: Repubblica, Repubblica-XL, Fumettologica, Minima&moralia, ilfattoquotidiano.it, Nazione Indiana, Limina, Linkiesta, Globalist, Ultima Voce, Grande come una città. He collaborates with the philosophical project Tlon.
Cellist and conductor, Michelangelo Galeati graduated at the Conservatorio "Rossini" in Pesaro, at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, graduated at the DAMS at the University of Bologna, graduated in conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia Rome with Dario Lucantoni, and obtained a Master's degree on the languages of the 20th century at the University of Tor Vergata Rome. His activity, as soloist, conductor and member of the chamber group Polimnia Ensemble, has taken him to the major Italian and international halls. Since 2007 he regularly conducts the Berliner Syphonikern orchestra in Berlin, including a long tour in China as conductor alongside Lior Shambadal and regularly followed with annual tours. He has recorded for Fonit-Cetra and Musikstrasse, also recording world premieres of composers such as Clementi, Colasanti, Bussotti and Pennisi. He has taken part in numerous television and radio programmes on the main networks such as RAI1, RAI2, RAI3, Radio Vaticana and Telemontecarlo, where his compositions have also been broadcast. Michelangelo Galeati has long been dedicated to the discovery, revision and dissemination of the lesser-known repertoire of the Italian 19th century. He has recorded three monographs on the chamber music of Rossini, Donizetti and Mercadante. In 2017, in cooperation with Ufficio Scolastico della Campania, he conducted Boheme in concert form in Sala Scarlatti with the Orchestra of San Pietro a Majella. In the same year, he was artistic director of the project "Il canto in lingua tedesca" funded by SIAE in cooperation with Paulina Abber and Lior Shabadal. He was recently invited to Russia to conduct L. V. Beethoven's Choral Fantasy op.80 with the Penza Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.
Together with Carla Conti and their team he prepares Lab 6 in Rome.
Roberto Giuliani has been the Director of Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome for two mandates (2016/2022). He graduated in Piano and in Art, Music and Performing Arts. He studied Harpsichord, Analysis and Composition. Before devoting himself to teaching and musicology, Giuliani has collaborated with the most important Italian and European Musical Foundation and Theatre (European Union, Mozarteum in Salzburg, European Center of Ravello, ICON - Italian Culture On Net, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro La Scala in Milan, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Scelsi Foundation of Rome, Cini Foundation of Venice, BMG-Ricordi, etc).
For some time, Giuliani worked for RAI-Radiotre, collaborating with RAI-Educational, RAI-Teche, etc., as well as leading research groups. After a nationwide selection, in 2014 he was included in the Registry of Expert Evaluators of ANVUR - the National Agency for the Evaluation of Research and University System, in the area of Music. Currently he is a member of the International Scientific Committee for the project Music in 20th-century Italy and board member of Le fonti musicali in Italia. He has also been scientific adviser to the Central Institute for Sound and Audiovisual Heritage (Discoteca di Stato), member of the Council for the Performing Arts of the Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism Ministry, member of the Governing Council of the Italian Society of Musicology and of the National Branch of International Association of Sound Archives (IASA), etc. Giuliani has led research projects, has participated in congresses, has published monographs and essay collections, essays in national and international journals (Early Music, Mozart- Jahrbuch, Nuova Rivista Musica Italiana, Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, etc.), and articles in national newspapers and periodicals. For BMG-Ricordi, Giuliani published a monograph on Salvatore Sciarrino and for Guerini Publishing (Milan), the book, “Music in films and television,” presented in the Sala Accademica of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory by Ennio Morricone, Franco Piersanti and Roman Vlad.
Manish Madankar is an experienced tabla player who has performed throughout India, in Europe, China, Singapore and Russia. He is a versatile percussionist as a solo performer, as an accompanist for instrumental music, vocals, kathak dance, fusion music and orchestral music, boasting several contributions in the Bollywood film industry and in Indian TV programs such as D.D. National Channel and Indian Classical Music Channel (InSync Channel). Dedicated to the study of the instrument from a very young age, he learned from the main exponents of the tabla including Pandit Sandesh Popatkar of Nagpur and the famous Pandit Yogesh Samsi of Mumbai. In 2007 he obtained a Master’s degree in tabla at the Music Department of the Indira Kala Sangit University of Khairagarah and in 2010 a post-master’s degree in instrument at the same university. Following the recognition by the Indian government as an “Approved Artist” among the artists of All India Radio (2016), from 2017 he became an examining member for Masters in tabla and music at the aforementioned university, and external professor of music theory and tabla at the music department of the University of Mumbai. He Created Indian classical music Band name Samanvay Project. Currently stabilized in Italy, Rome, he has already held several masterclasses in Hindustani tabla and rhythms at the Nirmal Arts Academy in Cabella Ligure (Alessandria). Lately he collaborated with the highly esteemed Sarod Maestro Ken Zuckerman in Switzerland. Since October 2020 he has held the position of tabla teacher in the Department of Traditional Music at the ‘Arrigo Pedrollo’ Conservatory of Music in Vicenza.
Marko Miladinovic (Vukovar, 1988) Poet and cultural promoter. He lives in Italian-speaking Switzerland. ProHelvetia Literary Scholarship 2019, ErbProzent Kultur 2020, resident artist at Landis & Gyr Stiftung Zug 2022. he Participates in national and international festivals. He has been invited to read his poems in several European cities and Tunis. Since 2014 he has curated and organized the Ticino Poetry Slam. He is active in the world of video poetry and sound poetry. Since 2016 he has been published in a dozen anthologies across Europe. Essays on his poetics have been written and texts by him have been published in German, Russian and Greek. His work first book is L’umanità gentile (Miraggi Ed., Turin 2017). His works are in the following publications: 2018 Mini antologia della poesia italiana contemporanea, Nizhny Novgorod, Vasarifest.ru; 2016 Guida liquida al poetry slam, Agenzia X Ed.; 2019 Unsere Schweiz, Zytglogge Verlag; 2021 Foglio rapsodico di scritture 3, BazarBookpress; 2021 Wortknall Spoken Word in der Schweiz, Der gesunde Menschenversand. In 2023 his new book of poetry will be released in Italy with the contribution of ProHelvetia, the Swiss foundation for the culture.
Daniele Roccato Professor of Double bass at the Conservatory of “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, is a double bass soloist and composer. As a soloist he has performed at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert halls, often presenting his own compositions. Gavin Bryars, Julio Estrada, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Ivan Fedele, Sofia Gubaidulina, Hans Werner Henze, Filippo Perocco, Terry Riley, Nicola Sani, Salvatore Sciarrino, Stefano Scodanibbio, wrote for and worked with him. Together with Scodanibbio he created Ludus Gravis, the most recognized ensemble of double basses in the field of contemporary and new music. For dancer and coreographer Virgilio Sieni he wrote the music of Agorà Tutti, Vangelo secondo Matteo (produced by La Biennale di Venezia), CORPUS_Deposizioni e Visitazioni, Vita_Nova, DOLCE VITA_Archeologia della Passione, (produced by RomaEuropa Festival), Le Sacre - Preludio (produced by Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Cantico dei Cantici, Preludi/Cominciamenti. Within theatre he wrote the music for NuvoleCasa and Monsieur Teste produced by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Chiara Guidi) and for and for LUS, produced by Teatro delle Albe (Ermanna Montanari, co-produced by ERT - Emilia Romagna Teatro) for which he received the nomination to the UBU Prize 2015 as a composer. He also wrote the music for Madre (produced by Teatro delle Albe, Ravenna Teatro). He wrote the music for the films The Sky over Kibera and ER by Marco Martinelli. Together with the composer Tonino Battista he realized the opera Assedio, coproduced by RAI News24. He worked with the war correspondents Lucia Goracci and Francesca Mannocchi. In the field of extemporary creation and improvisation he performed with many reference artists. Among the duo and trio projects are to be mentioned the ones with Olivier Benoit, Bruno Chevillon, Marco Colonna, Pascal Contet, Mark Dresser, Paolo Damiani, Marc Ducret, Garth Knox, Ciro Longobardi, Ivo Nilsson, Fabrizio Ottaviucci, Barre Phillips, Dominique Pifarély, Michele Rabbia, Terry Riley, Markus Stockhausen, Jay Schwartz, Michael Thieke.
He often improvises also with dancers, actors, writers, philosophers, poets, painters, graphic novelists. To be mentioned the project with painter, sculptor and poet Jim Dine, one of the founders of Pop Art movement.
Some of his many transcriptions are forthcoming for Sikorski, Schott and Salabert editions. He brought the double bass as a solo instrument into pop music with trio projects together with Lucio Dalla and Roberto Vecchioni. He was invited to hold seminars at Conservatoire National Supérieur (Paris), Universitat der Kunste (Berlin), San Francisco State University, Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), UNAMM (Mexico
City), UNEAC (Havana). He recorded for ECM, Wergo, Sony. Several of his concerts were broadcast by Rai RadioTre, BBC Radio and Sky ARTE.
Leo Vertunni (London, 1989) Concert sitarist with vast international experience, specialized in classical music hindustani, with numerous collaborations to his credit of cultural mingling such as flamenco, jazz, classical western, electronic. Leo grew up taking part in his family theatre and musical productions. Later he undertook academic studies in Indology and Indian music, gaining and honour BA degree at the Alma Mater University of Bologna and a Master’s degree in Indian Music Performance at the SOAS University of London. He studied the technique of sitar and the practice of Indian classical improvisation from renowned master such as Pt. Avaneendra Sheolikar, Ust. Dharambir Singh and presently from Ust. Mehboob Nadeem. As a performer Leo has been working in several projects (Indialucia, Seven Eyes, Divine Symphony Orchestra, Ragamala project) and as a session musician for many more, touring extensively in Europe, North America, and also having performed in South America, Asia, and Africa. Concert sitarist with vast international experience, specialized in classical music hindustani, with numerous collaborations to his credit of cultural mingling (flamenco, jazz,
classical western, electronic). His discography can include publications with specialized labels such as Dark Companion (Confluence, Jugalbandi Trio), how muchwith majors such as Universal (Oltre, Mace). In addition to performing training, received from Usta Irshad Khan, alongside creative activity, Leo combines popularisation by curating broadcastsradio (RSI, RAI), holding workshops and seminars (MUDEC), and didactic: since 2019 he has been a professor at the traditional music department of the Conservatory of Vicenza.
Valeria Vespaziani was born in Rome. She began her training in classical and modern dance. She has performed in Italy, Romania, Spain, England and Greece. Since 2004 she began her learning journey of Indian dance starting from the Bharatanatya genre, m, under the guidance of Annalisa MIgliorino. She perfected with the teacher Usha Raghavan. During her training trips to India she studied with internationally renowned masters such as come Renjith Babu, Vina Vasudevan, Indira Kadambi, Leela Samson. She Today she continues to deepen her studies with Lucrezia Maniscotti in Milan. In 2007 she graduated with honors from the University of RomaTre and in 2019 she brilliantly graduated in classical dance, in the kathak genre, at the Conservatory of Vicenza ‘A. Pedrollo’, in the Department of Music and Extra-European Traditions, with Prof. Rosella Fanelli, receiving the Rotary Academic Year Award as the best student of the conservatory of the Vicenza Conservatory. Recently, he has collaborated in artistic performances in conferences at the Oriental Studies department of Rome La Sapienza University and at the Vicenza Conservatory. Since 2014 she has been teaching masterclasses at the Nirmal Arts Academy (Cabella Ligure, Alessandria).