The Discovery of Bomarzo

Participants: Mira Calix, Solomon's Knot

Series: Aldeburgh Festival, Open Space, Residencies

Ideas explored: music and theatre, old music reimagined, sound design

Open Space artists Solomon’s Knot chose to collaborate with sound artist Mira Calix for their performance of madrigals by Gesualdo and his contemporaries Giaches de Wert, Pomponio Nenna and Michelangelo Rossi at Aldeburgh Festival 2016.

Open Space artists Solomon’s Knot chose to collaborate with sound artist Mira Calix for their performance of madrigals by Gesualdo and his contemporaries Giaches de Wert, Pomponio Nenna and Michelangelo Rossi at Aldeburgh Festival 2016.

Bomarzo is a sculpture garden created in the mid–16th century by a lovelorn Italian duke in the countryside near Rome. Its extraordinary Mannerist sculptures lay neglected and overgrown for hundreds of years until they were rediscovered in the 20th century by Salvador Dalì, who was excited and inspired by what he found…

The story inspired ever-inventive early music collective Solomon’s Knot to join forces with sound artist, composer and performer Mira Calix to combine the sensuous and strange music of this twilight period between the Renaissance and Baroque with her own contemporary electronics-based aesthetic. Her music links the madrigals, forging a 21st-century musical garden tangled with centuries- old creations. Composers are the forgotten sculptures in this garden, still largely unknown and lying undiscovered.

Bomarzo is ‘discovered’ anew – but it has changed.