Projects

From the boat concert to the performance at Elica industries and the iPhone and devices orchestra, a large number of crazy projects

Projects

Starting from the concept that every sound, especially if it can be tuned, can produce music, over the years various events have been created to produce music with unconventional "notes", such as Ship horns, bicycle bells, smartphones, industrial tools and historic car horns.

From a creative point of view, it has been very important to imagine over the years, projects closely connected with music but made in a totally unconventional way. The first project, which had a great impact at the communication level, was the production in 2010 of the boat concert in the harbour of Ancona. By placing the voices on the cranes of the harbour of Ancona, a concert was performed where the Cantus Firmus, the Gregorian line that was the basis of the great polyphonic compositions of the Renaissance, was entrusted to the horns of the stationary boats in the port. Seven ships, each with a horn tuned to one of the seven musical notes and “played” by the captains, made music together with the singers. Similar experiments were later made using as an “orchestra” the bells of hundreds of bicycles, the horns of historic cars and even using cell phone ringtones as musical instruments of a technological orchestra. Of particular importance was the project named Mano d’Opera, hosted by the Elica SPA industry in Fabriano where the workers gave life to a beautiful performance by “playing” together with professional musicians their daily tools such as drills, cutters and so on. More recent projects are Officium Divinum, made together with Jazz saxophone player Gavino Murgia as a tribute to the Hilliard ensemble and Jan Garbarek; or the project Santa Cecilia Street, created for the town of Pesaro (2014-2016) consisting of a series of 22 different concerts in rapid succession on the same day, which contributed to Unesco’s attribution to the city of Pesaro, the title of Creative City of Music.

Marco Mencoboni, Canalgrande quartet