City, Country:
Matera, Southern Italy
Competition Period:
Final works will be performed in SPRING 2021 in Matera.
Application Deadline:
15. July 2020


The ARTEría Association of Art and Culture and the Historiographic Archive of Raffaele Giura Longo have organized Concavo & Convesso, a competition for composers, four of whom will be selected to write works on the text of La Ballata della Vucchiara ovvero tutto il miele è finito! by Raffaele Giura Longo.

Three international composers and one local composer will be selected by aninternational jury and commissioned to make works that may include all or part of the text by Raffaele Giura Longo, or that simply may be inspired by it.

The jury: Vinko Globokar, Mauro Lanza, Michelle Agnes Magalhaães, Ernest H.Papier and Tim Parkinson.

The work may be purely musical, or may also include performative elements.

The final works will be performed in SPRING 2021 in Matera, by an French-Italian ensemble of six performers whose practice is rooted in experimental music and performance, contemporary musical theatre, minimalism, and the interpretation of open works and graphic scores (voice and flutes, saxophones, trombone, violin, cello and percussions)

The competition is aimed towards composers whose work may be broadly categorised as experimental, or having roots in that tradition.

The aim of the competition is to celebrate, commemorate and spread awareness of one of the lesser known rare poetic, ironic and satirical writings by Raffaele Giura Longo.

 La Ballata della vucchiara ovvero tutto il miele è finito!, is proposed as a text which may either be set to music or used as inspiration for the Concavo & Convesso competition. The Ballad, in metred verse, is full of references to the recent history of The Sassi di Matera, ancient  troglodyte neighbourhoodsm describing real people, and stories of the saints after whom churches and places in the city have been named, stories ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary.