Livorsi, Paola

Degree in History of Music (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy), University of Turin 1994

Diplome in Composition, Conservatory of Music "A. Vivaldi" Alessandria (Italy) 1996



Livorsi, Paola: Human Voice and Instrumental Voice: A Comparative Study in Timbral Content


Abstract of my concert series plan

Vocal analysis data will form the basis of new instrumental and vocal works, some purely acoustical and some for mixed media. Concerts and research together form a progression, investigating the relations between spoken voice and instrumental sound. The concerts are: "Imaginary Spaces", concert-installation with Juho Laitinen cello, Marek Pluciennik live video, and Roberto Pugliese sound-image interaction; "Voices and Spaces", chamber music concert; "Ensembles", Icarus ensemble meets Defun; "Ears Open in Vapaa Taiteen Tila", exploring gesture and space through improvisation; and "Movement and Sound in Space", in collaboration with Helsinki Meeting Point.


Abstract of my written thesis

This research aims to investigate the relations between body and language expression and instrumental sound, with particular regard to string instrument players. Everyone has a certain repertoire of gestures and body movements, whose "style" may be recognizable. The hypothesis is that the musician´s mother-tongue, together with this complex combination of body and spoken language expressions, contributes to the performer´s own instrumental style.

The project involves audio and video recordings with string instrument players from various countries and mother-tongues. The audio data will be analyzed and compared with the video data, to allow the connections between body, language and musical expression to emerge.