Alessandro Perini

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Alessandro Perini
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Born (1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 40)
Cantù, Italy
  • Contemporary classical
  • Sound art
  • Composer
  • Sound artist
Years active2004–present
Alessandro Perini
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  • Electronic Music
  • BA
  • Diplom in Composition
Alma mater
  • University of Milan
  • Como Conservatory
  • Malmö Academy of Music

Alessandro Perini (born 14 May 1983 in Cantù) is an Italian composer and sound artist living in Sweden since 2009.


Perini received formal musical training in Composition at the Como Conservatory under the guidance of Luca Francesconi, and afterwards Ivan Fedele, Vittorio Zago and Giorgio Tedde among others. Perini graduated in Science and Technology of Musical Communication (BA, 2006) from the Milan University and in Electronic Music (BA, 2007) at the Como Conservatory. He moved to Malmö in 2009 where he obtained a Diplom (postgraduate diploma) in Composition in 2013, after further studies with Luca Francesconi at the Malmö Academy of Music.


Notable performances of Perini's musical works have premiered at international festivals, concerts and competitions. In the 2006 edition of the International Composition Competition "...a Camillo Togni" in Brescia (Italy) , Perini reached the finals with his quintet Lumina[1]. The piece was premiered by Dédalo Ensemble conducted by Vittorio Parisi[2]. Reviewers described the music as "of metropolitan inspiration" and "alluding to and quoting with force the thriving of noises which assault the everyday"[3].

In 2010 the Venice Festival of Contemporary Music saw the premiere of Exploraciones de la Biblioteca De Babel[4], written for 12 strings and commissioned by the festival[5].

In 2014 he was invited for a residency at the Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L'Arte (Poirino, Italy), where he collaborated with Quartetto di Cremona under the guidance of Helmut Lachenmann[6]; in the same year he took part in courses with Peter Ablinger and Simon Steen-Andersen at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, where he composed Perturbance[7] in close collaboration with contrabassist Jonathan Heilbron. He returned to the Darmstädter Ferienkurse in 2016 composing Steel String Quartet[8], where four amplified swings made with steel wire were used as sound sources for the live performance.

In the following years Perini made extensive use of self-built instruments, electronic circuits and instrument modifications. Examples are Three Studies For Two Voices (2017)[9][10], where he used small speakers inside the mouth of two performers; On That Day My Left Ear Became A Frog[11] (2018) written in close collaboration with violinist Marco Fusi, where two contact microphones are embedded into a laser-cut wooden bow; and Touch Me (2019), commissioned by Agon for Milano Musica[12], where the strings of Francesco Dillon's cello were made part of a custom-built synth circuit[13].

Other notable collaborations include percussionist Simone Beneventi[14], Quatuor Impact[15], Ensemble Proton Bern[16], Norrbotten NEO[17], Zöllner/Roche duo[18], Ensemble Multilatérale with Les Métaboles[19], Norrköping Symphony Orchestra[20][21] and Esbjerg Ensemble[22].

Prizes awarded to Perini for his music include first prize at the 2nd Sergei Slonimsky Composition Competition[23] (Saint Petersburg), the jury prize at the New Directions Festival 2016[24] (Piteå), and second prize at the First International Composition Competition for acoustic instruments and electronics in Bourges[25].

Other works

Apart from his purely performative music works, his production includes video art, installations, and land art works. His first video art piece (2008), titled Viaggio in una città invisibile, earned him various group exhibitions, screenings and prizes in Italy and abroad (Premio Arte Novara; Magmart[26]; "Flow Interrupted"[27]; "Game Play"[28]; ITSLIQUID[29] among others).

In the following years he started working with a site-specific approach. In 2011 he installed the sound and light work Forking clocks[30] at the archeological site of the Roman baths in Como[31]. Two years later he installed his first work of land art, a series of wooden structures floating on the Branchino Lake in the Orobic Alps[32]. In 2016 he won the first edition of the IMAGONIRMIA Award[33], including a residency in Chiaravalle (Milan, Italy) where he installed a collection of sound-related experiences under the title Site-Specific Listening[34][35]. The residency was curated by Isabella Bordoni with whom he collaborated afterwards in a series of events in Ferrara[36], Modena[37], Bologna[38] among others.

Perini won a commission from SPOR festival[39] in 2016. The resulting artwork was a hybrid "between net-art, sound-art and hacktivism"[40]; it used a text-to-speech system to read aloud random Wikipedia articles and then a speech-to-text engine to re-transcribe the articles. The whole process was shown online through a live YouTube feed. Articles were then stored in a wiki called Misheardpedia. According to Perini,

Misheardpedia had been archived in 2020 and is no longer accessible on the public domain, exception made for YouTube recordings of the process[40]. Another similar work by Perini from 2014, titled Face[41], used a video projection of Perini's personal Facebook profile on a sculpture[42].

In 2017 Perini was artist in residence at the Biennale of Site-Responsive Art at I-Park[43] (East Haddam, Connecticut, USA); in the same year he was selected for the visual arts workshop and residency "IperPianalto"[44] at the Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L'Arte, with Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna as tutors. In this frame he produced Sound Fossils[45], three custom-made machines which interacted with clay collected in the area. For this work, in 2019 Perini received the Commendation Prize at the Global Digital Art Prize[46] organized by the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

In 2018 Perini exhibited a new version of Tactile Headset[47] at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum[48] in New York City, a work which originated in 2014 during his participation at City Sonic Festival (Belgium)[49]. The work consisted of "four spheres designed to vibrate against a user's head. Each sphere vibrates with a unique pattern, just as four audio speakers in a musical installation would play different sounds coming from different directions"[50].

More recent site-specific projects by Perini include the public sound art piece Emergence[51], installed in Falkenberg's Stortorget, and In Your Shoes, a work involving soundwalks and a multimedia installation[52], made for the festival "Musica In Prossimità" in Pinerolo.

In the media



  1. "Alessandro Perini - "Lumina" for five instruments (2005) - [w/score]". YouTube. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. "Repertoire". Dédalo Ensemble. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. Fulvia Conter. "Due vincitori per il «Togni»" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  4. ""Exploración de la biblioteca de Babel" by A. Perini (Ensemble Resonanz, Beat Furrer) audio + score". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  5. "La Biennale di Venezia - 54. Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea". Doc Player. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. "Quartetto di Cremona in concerto". Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  7. Barbiero, Daniel. "Open String Minimalism or, What Is the Sound of One String Vibrating?". Percorsi Musicali. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  8. "Alessandro Perini — Steel String Quartet [m/ score]". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. "Alessandro Perini — Three Studies for Two Voices [m/ scores]". YouTube. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  10. Smith, Steve. "In Review: panSonus". The National Sawdust. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  11. Perini, Alessandro. "On that day my left ear became a frog". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  12. "Festival Milano Musica: serata conclusiva". Teatri online. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  13. Perini, Alessandro. "Touch Me". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  14. "Alessandro Perini". Hertzbreakerz. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  15. Charras, Geneviève. ""Les automates de Descartes": courts circuits, prises de risque et magie des mécanismes !". L'amuse-danse!. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  16. Thurner, Silvia. "Brücken zwischen Alltag, Kunst und Musik - Das Ensemble Proton und geistreiche neue Werke boten beste Unterhaltung". Kultur - Zeitschrift für Kultur und Gesellschaft. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  17. Sandlund, Anders. "New Directions intar Acusticum på nytt". Piteå-Tidningen. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  18. Pillhofer, Stefan. "Album-Review: Zöllner-Roche Duo – Mechanics of Breath". Orchestergraben. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  19. ""Dixit" for choir and ensemble (2016)". Alessandro Perini. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  20. "A. Perini - "Zoom/Connect" for orchestra - audio+manuscript". YouTube. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  21. "Årsredovisning 2013" (PDF). SON. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  22. "Rolig slagverksmusik och rafflande tonsättartävling". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  23. "International Sergei Slonimsky Composition Competition". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  24. "KONSERT: Nya musikaliska världar vid New Directions festival i Piteå". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  25. "The first International Composition Competition for acoustic instruments and electronics". Musinfo. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  26. "Hall of Fame". Magmart. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  27. "Flow Interrupted". Hyde Park Art Center. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  28. Stevens, Brittany. "New exhibition to showcase an informative, artistic side of games". The Gateway. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  29. "ITSLIQUID CONTEST FIRST EDITION 2012". ITSLIQUID. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  30. Perini, Alessandro. "Forking Clocks". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  31. Colmegna, Carla. "Un tuffo di luce e note nelle terme romane". La Provincia Di Como. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  32. Perini, Alessandro. "Orografia Variabile". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  33. "Alessandro Perini is the winner of the first edition of IMAGONIRMIA Award". FARE. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  34. Perini, Alessandro. "Site-Specific Listening". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  35. Perini, Alessandro. Site-specific listening. Quaderni Imagonirmia. Res/2016 (in Italian and English). Viaindustriae. ISBN 8897753256.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  36. Migliore, Tiziana. "Il campo dell'ascolto". Il Manifesto. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  37. Parmiggiani Tagliati, Giulia. "Torna Periferico Festival, arte e innovazione al Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest Eventi a Modena Ovest". Modena Today. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  38. Mergiotti, Silvia. "Intervista a Isabella Bordoni: a Bologna per Premio IMAGONIRMIA on tour". Gagarin Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  39. "Archive 2005-2017". SPOR Festival. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  40. 40.0 40.1 Perini, Alessandro. "Misheardpedia". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  41. Perini, Alessandro. "Face". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  42. "Tacit or Loud". Teatr Weimar. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  43. Amarante, Joe. "Open houses coming for I-Park art projects in East Haddam". New Haven Register. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  44. "Caretto - Spagna: IperPianalto 2017 – 2018". Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L'Arte. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  45. Perini, Alessandro. "Sound Fossils". Alessandro Perini. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  46. "NTU Singapore announces winners of Global Digital Art Prize". Nanyang Technological University. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  47. Perini, Alessandro. "Tactile Headset". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  48. "The Senses - 1 May — 28 Oct 2018 at the Cooper Hewitt in New York, United States". Wall Street International. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  49. "CITYSONIC #12". City Sonic. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  50. Ellen Lupton; Andrea Lipps (24 July 2018). The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 151–. ISBN 978-1-61689-774-1.
  51. Perini, Alessandro. "Emergence". Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  52. Perini, Alessandro. "In Your Shoes". Alessandro Perini official website. Retrieved 18 April 2020.

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