The Portland Cello Project has taken on a life of its own, bringing its unique, eclectic musical mix and collaborations with other types of performing artists to bars, live music venues, loading docks and other places cellos – and classical music – never dreamed they’d go.
Marotta Hour: Rocco Di Pietro
Stay downtown after work every third Thursday of the month and check out new sounds curated by local musician and international composer Larry Marotta.
On Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Marotta Hour, Columbus composer Rocco Di Pietro presents his piece Body Trap at the OSU Urban Arts Space. The piece explores the interconnections between music and physical healing, featuring acupuncturist Dr. Linda Chun along with an ensemble of live musicians. It premiered in 2009 by the Wired Sound ensemble with Chris Chafe, Pauline Oliveros, and Chryssie Nanou, at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where Di Pietro was a visiting artist.
Rocco Di Pietro’s works explore the intersection of music and social concerns. Renowned 20th century music figures Lukas Foss and Bruno Maderna are among Di Pietro’s teachers. He toured California prisons as an artist-in-residence, and his four years of interviews with Pierre Boulez resulted in the book Dialogues with Boulez. Di Pietro’s works have been performed by Kronos String Quartet, Gunther Schuller, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.