Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

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Photographic campaign for the 2017-18 concert season of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

Author: Massimo Denaro
Client: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

INTRODUCTION

THE MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1968, the Orchestra was formerly known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra, and was an offspring of the chamber orchestra in the employment of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy (Malta). It became an independent body in 1997 when it was officially named the National Orchestra of Malta, and underwent its final transformation in 2008 when it was further extended and became known as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra(MPO).

YEAR 2018
Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Moreover, 2018 will represent the 50th anniversary of the maltese orchestra and the 10th anniversary of the full-extended Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

CONCEPT

4 ELEMENTS | 4 SEASONS

AIR
The wind is always hurling, like a swirling storm in the rocky coastlines of the maltese islands.
EARTH
Stones, bricks and cobbles of the maltese cultural and natural heritage.
WATER
From the sea water to the salt: here is the process leading to the maltese treasure.
FIRE
Music is a dancing fire which gives the light and the way, as a lighthouse for the lost souls.

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Parco In Scena

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PARCO IN SCENA – Stranizza d’amuri

[Public architecture design, 2016-under construction, Italy]

Project made together with arch. Donatella Incardona
Client: Municipality of Ragusa

Job: CONCEPT, DESIGN, 3D


PARCO IN SCENA – Stranizza d’amuri
Rehabilitation of the historic Villa Margherita urban park in Ragusa. This project includes an outdoor theater, a green path and a wood fence.

The outdoor stage ( 12 x 12 m) takes advantage of the existing steps, which are a perfect parterre; furthermore, the valley panorama turns into a natural backdrop. This stage will be the largest outdoor theater in Ragusa, perfect for shows during summer and spring seasons.

The shape of the wood fence is inspired by the waveform of the verse “Stranizza d’amuri”, included in the song Stranizza d’Amuri by sicilian author Franco Battiato. Ideally, this fence is an immaginary connection between the “Vallone Santa Domenica” (Villa Margherita rests on this valley) and the “Vadduni da Scammacca” included in that poetic song.
Concretely, this fence is a sound shield, in order to cut the stage off from the car park and from the garden path. Moreover, it could be used as a wall/frame for exhibitions and/or as a notice board.

The green path will connect the two sides of the park, so everyone could sit down in the shade of the trees or enjoy the valley panorama.

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PRESS REVIEWS

Ragusa Oggi 12/2016
Ragusa H24 12/2016
Corriere Quotidiano 12/2016
Voci di città 12/2016
Ragusa Oggi 12/2016

ZAC – I fiori del MALE

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ZAC – I fiori del MALE

[65′ – Documentary, 2015, Italy]

A film by: Massimo Denaro

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Original title: Zac – I fiori del Male
Other title (France): Pino ZAC – Un Italien Fou dans le Vent
Year: 2015
Country: Italy
Duration: 65′
Language: Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian
Genre: art/biographical/satirical
Production: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Sede Abruzzo

Director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, executive producer, postproduction: Massimo Denaro
Additional camera: Morteza Rokhsatpanah
Sound: Hamed Momeni Ghomi, Luigi Cuomo
Assistant camera: Cristina Denaro, Hamed Momeni Ghomi, Nazareno Nicoletti, Solmaz Vilkiji
Assistant sound editor: Federico Cabula
Sound mixer: Marco Falloni
Visual Effects: Romostudio
Script supervisor: Luz Angela
Translations’ supervisor: Klara Buhr
Production assistant: Eleonora Visalli
Dialogue transcript: Donatella Incardona
Archive footage: Cineteca Nazionale, Rai Teche

With:
Drahomira Biligova, Jacopo Fo, Vincenzo Gallo (Vincino), Riccardo Mannelli, Vauro Senesi, Vincenzo Sparagna, Valter Zarroli

Supported by: Comune di Fontecchio (AQ)
In collaboration with: Cineteca Nazionale, RoMoStudio
Logistical support: Associazione Volontari Protezione Civile Fons Tychiae
Very special thanks: Miro Grisanti, Domenico Di Nardo, Donato Mariani, Luca Pallanch, Sabrina Ciancone, Angelo Pasquini, Lionello Massobrio, Edoardo Caroccia, Valter Vecellio, Textus Edizioni, Repubblica di Frigolandia, Libera Università di Alcatraz, Movie Sound Editor, and all the inhabitants of Fontecchio (AQ)

SYNOPSIS
February 1978. After several months of hard work, celebrations and complaints, the satirical magazine Il Sale suddenly closed down. In a trattoria at Campo de’ Fiori, Pino Zac announced: “the publisher wants rid of me, but you lot have to stay”. But the editorial staff was in no doubt: “it’s us that make the magazine”. Then came the launch of Il Male, a magazine alone in its intent to counter attempts by official media to sanctify Aldo Moro. Pino Zac was not just its editor-in-chief, fresh from Canard Enchaîné, he was also a guiding light, a talent scout inaugurating a new season of Italian satire that has resisted until the present day. Pino Zac was an illustrator born in Trapani and the director of the film The Nonexistent Knight based on the book by Italo Calvino, who chose to settle in Abruzzo, returning to the area whenever work commitments allowed.
February 2014. Everything remains untouched, covered by a silent shroud of dust, at Zac’s homestudio at Fontecchio since he died of a heart attack in 1985, at the age of 55. A perfect metaphor for the shameful neglect of his art.

FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS
Official selection at 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Selected at 4th Venice in Seoul, 33th Sulmona Cinema, 19th Costa Iblea Film Festival, I Zanni Cinema, C’era una volta festival
Screenings: ITALY – Venice, Rome, Ragusa, Enna, L’Aquila, Sulmona, Trani, Pescara IRELAND – Dublin SOUTH KOREA – Seoul

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Curandero

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CURANDERO
Magic, myth, witchcraft, spiritism, and herbal remedies in Baracoa, Cuba

[Book Design, 2016 – Florida (USA)]

Client: Ediciones Nuevos Mundos – The Friendship Association

Job: DESIGNER

It was a real pleasure for me to design the 1st english edition of Curandero book.
Curandero is written by Victor Oscar Perez and illustrated by Mildo Matos.
This book recounts stories and ancecdotes, seemingly fantastic at times, which form part of the local collective imagination of Baracoa, Cuba.
It includes a detailed glossary of common ailments and their cures. This study, the fruit of 30 years of research, is perhaps the only written account of the historical evolution of Baracoan curanderismo from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Quick specs: 88 pages, paperback cover with flaps, 150x210x10 mm

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