B i o g r a p h y

"Walter Cianciusi's collection of event scores is filled with surprising and often charming works. The event form has become an almost-classical medium associated with twentieth-century avant-garde, and especially with the artists of the Fluxus group. While there is still energy to be found in interpreting classical event scores, it is difficult to write new scores that convey the lively energy of earlier contributions. Cianciusi does this with works that balance subtle humor, meditative reflection, and a good sense of the tradition these works inhabit. Reading these scores, I remembered just how much fun it was to get a new collection of event scores when Fluxus or Something Else Press published selections of work by Alison Knowles, Bengt af Klintberg, George Brecht and the others. Cianciusi's work sparks the same sense of delight and invention. "
Ken Friedman


Walter Cianciusi is Electroacoustic Composition Professor at Conservatory Luigi Canepa in Sassari, Italy.

He lives in Avezzano, a small city of Abruzzo.

Born in Tagliacozzo, Italy (1978) he graduated in guitar from the Conservatory Alfredo Casella - L'Aquila and in law from La Sapienza University - Rome. 

He also graduated summa cum laude in electronic music under the guidance of Michelangelo Lupone, then attending specialization courses taught by Henri Pousseur, Sylvano Bussotti, Mauricio Kagel, James Dashow and Curtis Roads.

Cianciusi's compositions have been performed in several locations around the world, including Cardiff (UK), Manchester (UK), Portland (Oregon - US), New York (US), Austin (Texas - US), Baltimore (Maryland - US), Cuernavaca (Mexico), Rome (Italy), Zurich (Switzerland), Regensburg (Germany), Miami (Florida - US), L’Aquila (Italy).

His work is mainly published by Bèrben Edition.

As interpreter Cianciusi produced the electronics for several contemporary compositions, including the world première of the piece Texture by Aldo Clementi (Rome, Musica-Scienza 2005) as well as the algorithms for the installation Musica In Forma by Michelangelo Lupone (Belgrade 2008).

In 2005 Cianciusi was selected to publish an essay as one of eleven other contemporary "New Fluxus" artists who are seen to 'inhabit the site of Fluxus, developing and interpreting the Fluxus tradition in a new way' in a special double issue of the journal Visible Language on Fluxus. The double issue was developed by Owen Smith and Ken Friedman and published through the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Cianciusi contributed to the production of many music and art events, including performances by Riccardo Muti, Ennio Morricone, Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang, Salvatore Sciarrino, Peter Bosch & Simone Simons, Georges Aperghis, Mario Bertoncini, Dieter Schnebel, Larry Austin and many others.

© 2020 by Walter Cianciusi

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