The pretext to undertake a journey to Eritrea was the research of the Italian words that are still embedded in the Tigrinya language. These words are living memories of the Italian colonial past in this country of the Horn of Africa. They are sonic chips of a part of Italy that exists out of itself, preserved in the daily life of Armara and Massaua. What does it mean to be Eritrean when you are illegitimate kid, son of a mixed couple?
When Italian is your firts language and you spent half of your life in Italy? What happens when you are Italian and you have not been living in Eritrea since decades, your skin is black and you have never met your relatives in Italy?What radio can do, is to make us listen to these contradiction, in the voices of the Asmara people, much before we know how they look like, their individual story, the color of their skin.
You may listen to Parole dell’Eritrea by Alessandro Bosetti on Monday August 26th at 9.15 pm.
BIO || Alessandro Bosetti is a sound artist, composer and performer. He’s main focus is in the fringe area between spoken language and music. He created a series of highly compelling works where relational aesthetics meet innovative composition. Field researches, interviews and conversations often build the basis for his abstract compositions.
Since 2001 he has been engaged in many major radio art productions with several public and net radios in Europe and USA, and created a vast body of work of hybrid text-sound and radio compositions. He also received commissions to compose pieces for ensembles as KNM Berlin and Die Maulwerker.
Between 2007 and 2009 he created the speaking machine Mask Mirror with the support of STEIM in Amsterdam and Harvestworks digital centre in NYC and performed extensively with it. Since 2009, continuing his quest on the musicality of spoken language he’s been involved in exploring repetitive speech-loop forms as a solo artist and with his ensemble Trophies with drummer Tony Buck and guitarist Kenta Nagai.
Bosetti has published more than ten CD’s under his own name on labels as Errant Bodies Press, Monotype, Rossbin, Sedimental and many others in different collaborations.