Nicola Scaldaferri, The Ethnomusicologist and his Zampogna: Collaborative Research in Basilicata

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall, Columbia University, New York NY 10027     map

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:
Prof. Nicola Scaldaferri 

(University of Milano, Italy)

The Ethnomusicologist and his ZampognaCollaborative Research in Basilicata (Southern Italy)

Thursday Dec. 1, 2016
701C Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the Public 
Reception to Follow

The presentation discusses the author's experience in the field as a bagpipes player (the instrument is the Italian zampogna, a double chanter instrument) in his home region, in Basilicata, in Southern Italy, especially during festivals and religious rituals; and more recently, also in other contexts, as a way of building a common ground with local musicians. A particular focus will be on the festival Maggio di Accettura, the object of a collaborative research done in team, with Steven Feld and photographs Stefano Vaja and Lorenzo Ferrarini. It will be introduced by a description of the instruments and musical repertory.

Nicola Scaldaferri is associate professor at the University of Milan, where is the director of the LEAV (Laboratory of Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology). He received his PhD in Musicology at the University of Bologna, the degree in Composition at the Conservatory of Parma; he was Fulbright scholar at Harvard University, and visiting professor at St.Peterburg State University. His interests include 20th century music and technology, Balkan epics, Italian folk music,instruments from Western Africa. As performer he plays zampogne and other Italian folk instruments.