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Zeitlet x-emble

Variable size mixed ensemble collective.



 2005 - 2010

ZeitLet was a variable organism with multiple line ups, ranging from small ensembles to the full ten element electric chamber group active between 2005-2010. The band started as a mixed ensemble with a composer/electronic musician, an electric guitarist and a bass player meeting a flute player, a violinist and a cello player and slowly the project grew bigger, and more articulated.

The presence of musicians coming from different backgrounds required starting a dialogue between various traditions and performing practices, which still too seldom come in contact. The goal was to work on an original production, which could keep together and organize different musical idioms and at the same time include writing procedures and improvisation in a collective organism.


In the five years of activity, the ensemble performed in multiple venues and music clubs of the roman underground scene. Zeitlet produced incidental music for theatre works, suche as Othello, a play directed by Roberto Pappalardo that had several repeat performances around Italy. The project participated twice to the European Music Day festival and finally received the "Honour Diploma" in the International Music Tournament. In 2008 ZeitLet X-emble has been invited to present a multimedial set on the awarding day of the Roma Independent Film Festival. In the same year their music for the short footage "Pasprefut" directed by Davide Maldi won the American Independent Music Award 2008 in the "Music for movies" category.

The band recorded "studi preparatori per la fine del mondo", a 50 minute long suite for ten instruments, that has been presented at the prestigious 46th festival of Nuova Consonanza in the American Embassy in Rome. In January 2010 the ensemble presented their own reading of Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, a musical adaptation by Alvaro Piccardi.


Costanza Alegiani: voice

Lorenzo Gabriele: flute, bass flute

Francesco Snoriguzzi: clarinet, bass clarinet

Roberto Cippitelli: electric bass

Paolo Petrocelli: violin

Francesca Venturi Ferriolo: viola

Filippo Di Domenico: cello

Andrea Mancianti: live electronics, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, composition

Giovanni Piccardi: electric guitar

Giulio Maschio: drums and percussions

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