photo, text, visual, voice
Being already more than thirty years old, I found myself in Brussels where I had to start over, if not from scratch, almost. Today, after almost twenty years, I can say that the shock was great, but healthy. Here with a group of friends I founded META (Media Ecology Technology Association), with the ambition to show what we, women, can do combining new information technologies with ecology, and doing so how to contribute to a more healthy, supportive and happy world...
First, living in Milan, I was a journalist in the field of design. It is thanks to moving to Belgium and to my husband Marco Loprieno (MAL), that I became more & more interested in improvised music and photography (the passion for both was already there when I was younger). Since I joined the collective INaudible (2001), I have started to sing and to record our activities (and, in general, the scene of improvised music) with my pictures. I have then proposed my images as a 'basic material' for improvisation. This gave rise to projects such as 'Colourful Music, possible sets' commissioned by the saxophone player Gianni Mimmo (Milan, 2010) and 'Pic, pic & pics' with Audrey Lauro and Guillaume Orti (Brussels, 2011). Moreover since 2013 I have been a member of the vocal improvising band Cosmophonics.
With Marco and other friends musician in the summer of 2011, we launched the project Memento Mari, shaken by the scandal of the many refugees swallowed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing from North Africa in flames.
Memento Mari is a manifesto for action addressed, in particular, to artists and all those who believe that it is possible, useful, and necessary to use culture as a key to open minds and hearts. To shake off indifference. To give back identity and dignity, whenever possible, to some of the thousands of migrants who have simply disappeared. To relate their hopes, their wishes, their dreams throughstories from survivors, sms, photos, videos… (www.facebook.com/memento.mari.1/notes)
Since 2012 Memento Mari has been shown many times in Italy and in Belgium, with different groups and multi-media solutions. In September 2014, in quartet with Guy Strale, Marco MAL Loprieno e Christian Vasseur we participated to the Lampedusa in Festival.
Since 2006, Marco and I we have organising improvising music concerts at our place. Since 2007, having moved in a large loft (www.ex-i-t.com), concerts became more frequent. To the concerts, we have been associating other promotion activities such as the atelier voix, (2012-2015), and hosting many visiting musicians to Bruxelles. With them we have shared good music, good food and, often, some thoughts ...
sons libérés 2013 - cosmophonics
memento mari quartet: basta
brussels, august 2014