MUSIC OF EMOTION

SARA MICHIELETTO

EMOTION FOR CHANGE

THE PROJECT
Emotion for Change, based on an idea by Sara Michieletto, gathers a dozen artists who are deeply concerned about the crucial time we are living in terms of climate change, and the way we look and interact with our natural world.
The full opera includes a performance, educational concerts for students, and the production of an artistic videos.

Climate change is affecting our lives. Extreme weather events, increased flooding of coastal areas and bleaching of coral reefs are just some of its effects, but Climate Change can also be the cause of myriad other changes in our environment, in an endless reverberation and magnification of simple acts of human beings.

Starting a virtuous cycle can be as easy and as simple as turning off a light, or boiling no more than the amount of water actually required to make a tea or coffee.

The musical project "Emotion for Change" aims to raise awareness on Climate Change and Global Warming, following the United Nations “COP 21” Paris Climate Change Conference which produced an agreement to keep global warming below the limit of 2 degrees Celsius. Many people do understand the threat of Climate Change, but still are not sufficiently motivated to take action. What is lacking in those cases is an invisible thing called emotion.

Sara Michieletto's performance looks to music, the universal feel-maker, to conjure up an emotional and effective response to Climate Change.

During the concerts, Michieletto speaks briefly while introducing each piece of music: this breaks down the invisible wall between audience and performer and helps to reach a more authentic exchange between them.

The pieces are carefully chosen and organised in order to create a sort of organic emotional crescendo in the performance, with a dramatic climax in the middle and a hopeful and proactive atmosphere at the end.

Each piece is poetically linked to a specific subject related to global warming, for example, Fratres, by Ärvo Part, talks about human beings losing their bond with nature; "Surgite", by Barbara Strozzi, invites us to stand up for what we care mostabout; "Ants" by Sara Michieletto, is about simple actions that we can take to try to mitigate the impact of global warming.

The selection of music is in part composed especially for this project by Sara Michieletto and Giorgio Schiavon inspired by the issue of global warming, and in part chosen from Venetian and International composers.

The concert is designed to be played either by the violin alone, or with two to five musical instruments, depending on the budget and on the availability of musicians.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

SARA MICHIELETTO
violin
ELISABETTA ZAVOLI
photography

GIORGIO SCHIAVON
sax
GIANLUCA FEBO
violin
RENE VAN HELSDINGEN
piano
I KETUT BUDIASA
percussion
VLADIMÍR CHÁB
sax
MATTIA BUSSI
horn
SOPHIANE FREMDI
drums
SUSI DANESIN
performer
JENNIFER CABRERA FERNANDEZ
performer
MARGHERITA GNACCOLINI
video
BIBI BOZZATO
video
STEFANO SOFFIATO
video
MONICA MARTIN
visual arts
FEDERICO FORLETTA
video


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Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible


Let’s be aware of what small changes in our behaviours could do for our planet!
The performance foresees the execution of ten short music.
The pieces are carefully chosen and organised in order to create a sort of organic emotional crescendo: a quiet start, depicting the nature as it is now, is followed by a dramatic climax in the middle (anthropocene) and a hopeful and proactive atmosphere at the end.

Not only the violin (Sara Michieletto), the saxophon and the piano (Giorgio Schiavon), are the instruments used in the concert: we also "play" the water, the breath, sheets of paper and a manual squeezer, using experimental sounds and gestures.

An expert (researcher or professor) briefly speaks in the middle of the performance, just after the most anguishing music, talking poetically, but with scientific bases, about the future "climatic" scenery of the place in which the concert is taking place.

During the concerts, also Sara Michieletto speaks briefly while introducing each piece of music: this breaks down the invisible wall between audience and performer and helps to reach a more authentic exchange.

Every piece is poetically linked to a specific subject related to global warming, for example, Bordone 3, by Nildo Sanvido, talks about human beings losing their bond with nature; "Amor Dormiglione", by Barbara Strozzi, invites us to wake up; "Ants" by Giorgio Schiavon, is about simple actions that each of us can do to try to mitigate the impact of global warming.

Most of the music is composed especially for this project by Sara Michieletto and Giorgio Schiavon.

At the end of the performance local seeds are offered to the audience as a symbol of planting and returning to the soil, instead of extracting and taking from the soil.

The main message of the performance is: "Let's start by doing what is needed, then what is possible. We will find ourselves doing the impossible".

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The concert Emotion for Change has been performed in Jakarta (for the Italian Embassy), Sarajevo (Italian Embassy), Algeri (Italian Embassy), Venice (Goethe Institute), and many other Italian towns.

It has recently been awarded at the "Climate Change, the Grand Challenge" artistic competition, organized by the University of Venice.
INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOLS
Feel climate change and take action to mitigate it
 
 
SARA MICHIELETTO ⋅ sara@musicofemotion.org