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Improvising with Scelsi



Improvising with Scelsi

Improvising with Scelsi.

This exciting conference/show at the IIC Melbourne with Italian violinist Marco Fusi and Australian musicologist Ian Parsons aims to discuss the foundations of a creative performance practice of Scelsis music, questioning dogmas such as Werk-text-treue and composers intentionality. A creative approach will be justified through the investigation of Scelsi's complex creative routine, looking for interpretative suggestions residing within his compositional artefact, his artistic praxis and his collaborative approach to performance.

The performance of two masterpieces, Xnoybis for solo violin and Manto for singing viola, will demonstrate the results of such an approach, presenting to the audience two remarkable works, deeply inspired by the meditative and transcendent compositional attitude of Scelsi.


During the event Marco Fusi will be performing the following works:

Giacinto Scelsi - Xnoybis I. II. III. For solo violin (1965) - 14'

Giacinto Scelsi - Manto I. II. III. For singing violist (1957) - 12’

Pauline Oliveros - Sonic Meditation I. “teach yourself to fly” (1974) - 8’ (approx)




Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Billone, Sciarrino, Eötvös, Cendo and Ferneyhough. Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles.

A strong advocate and educator of contemporary music, he lectures and workshops all around the world. He teaches Contemporary Chamber Music at the Milano conservatory “G. Verdi” and is Researcher in Music Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.
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Ian Parsons is a musicologist and radio presenter, based in Melbourne Australia. He has a strong interest in promoting 20th and 21st Century music to new audiences, as well as exploring its connections with philosophy and other disciplines. He has just completed his PhD on Stockhausen's LICHT opera cycle, studying its symbolism from the perspective of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He collaborates with PBS Radio.


Free event.

Limited seats. RSVP essential: T 98665931; E


Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free


IIC Melbourne, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra