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  • Luciano Chessa

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    Luciano Chessa

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    Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist. His compositions include Cromlech, a large organ piece he premiered in Melbourne’s Town Hall in May 2018, the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe.

    Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first book dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events of the year; Chessa has conducted this project across the USA and internationally to sold out houses. Chessa's music has been published by Rai Trade and Carrara, and has released by Sub Rosa and Stradivarius. His record, “Canti felice” was August 2018 Record of the Month for one of Italy’s leading music magazines, Rumore.  His most recent record, The Noise of Art, produced by Prague’s OPO, came out in March 2019. He recently conducted Julius Eastman's Symphony No. II, the world premiere of which he conducted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with Mannes Orchestra. The New York Times has described Chessa’s rendition as a work that “radiates Cosmic Grandeur”.

     


    Current Courses

    Experimental Composition

    Experimental Composition (Fall 2019)

    Improv in Contemporary Music

    Improv in Contemporary Music (Fall 2019)

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