ME21 NEWS (2013-2018)

CD release


Como una ola de fuerza y luz is the culmination of Luigi Nono‘s politically engaged compositional phase, while …..sofferte onde serene…  marks the beginning of a subtle and serene new aesthetic orientation. Both works are presented here in highly expressive interpretations that give special attention to the tape parts, revealing many previously unheard sonic materials. Significantly, the recording of …..sofferte onde serene… uses a newly produced reconstruction of the original stereo tape, which has not been available since Maurizio Pollini’s first recording.

Composed after a period of profound study of Nono’s sketches and compositional techniques, Paulo de Assis‘s unfolding waves… con luigi nono (2012) is a reflection on “listening” through the exploration of multiple temporalities, fragmented timbres, indiscernible sounds, and labyrinthine movements of sound in space.


Luigi Nono
Como una ola de fuerza y luz for soprano, piano, orchestra and tape
1. Invocation and lamentation of Luciano 06:32
2. Luciano’s presence in his absence 09:02
3. The Long March 09:59
4. Collective explosion in the certainty of Luciano’s absence 04:45
Luigi Nono
5. ….. sofferte ond serene … 13:55
Paulo de Assis
6. unfolding waves… con luigi nono for orchestra and three instrumental groups 14:08
Total Time: 58:47

Presentation at P.A.R.T.S.

Lucia D’Errico has been invited by Orpheus Institute research fellow dr. Luk Vaes to give a presentation at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels. The research project Powers of Divergence has been presented to the students of the programme of the Advanced Research Studios.

The Dark Precursor

The two volumes of the book The Dark Precursor, edited by Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici, have been published by Leuven University Press. The forty-eight chapters in this publication present a kaleidoscopic view of different fields of knowledge and artistic practices, exposing for the first time the diversity and richness of a world situated between artistic research and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Honours Class | Leiden University


Paulo de Assis gives a Keynote Lecture for the Honours Class, Leiden University (NL) on Music and Politics.

Inspired by Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control, Nietzsche’s second Untimely Meditation, and Jacques Rancière’s Emancipated Spectator, Paulo de Assis unravels some of the dominant power relations affecting the performance of Western music, proposing alternative avenues for an emancipated performer—someone who, based upon the notion of ‘dissensus’, operates a redistribution of the sensible.

The lecture will take place 7.11.2017, 19.00, at the Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 Leiden (NL).

Presentation “A practice of divergence” at KUG Graz

ME21’s doctoral student Lucia D’Errico has been invited to present her project in the context of the ARTikulationen conference held at KUG, Graz (AT). The presentation revolved around the practice of “divergent performances” developed within this sub-project of ME21. For the full program of the conference, visit

ME21 Study day on the work of Romeo Castellucci, with Joao Francisco Figueira (University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture)

Saturday, June 24, 14:30-18:30

The Orpheus research cluster MusicExperiment21 increasingly developed a component of ‘staging compositions’, and the work of Romeo Castellucci has functioned as an important reference to the team. This study day with an expert on his work, will present and discuss Castellucci’s aesthetics and techniques. 

Joao Francisco Figueira is an architect (studies in Oporto and Venice, PhD in Helsinki), professor of architecture at Lisbon University, and a researcher on the value and power of “images”. He is the series editor of YMAGO, having edited and published books by Georges Didi-Huberman, Jacques Ranciere, Daniel Arrasse, Horst Bredekamp, Hans Belting, Viktor Stoichita, and Aby Warburg, a.o.. He follows the work of Romeo Castellucci since two decades and has given presentations on his work throughout Europe.