Collegiate Faculty


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Luciano Chessa received a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California–Davis; at the Conservatory of Bologna he earned a D.M.A. in piano and a M.A. in composition. His research focuses on twentieth-century and experimental music and can be found in Musica e Storia (Levi Foundation, Venice); he is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist (University of California Press), the first English monograph dedicated to the Art of Noises. Chessa is active as a composer, performer and conductor. His scores are published by RAI TRADE and Carrara and performed in Europe, the United States and Australia. Recent compositions include A Heavenly Act, an opera with video by Kalup Linzy commissioned by SFMOMA for Nicole Paiement and Ensemble Parallèle. Chessa's Futurist expertise resulted in a commission by New York City's Biennial PERFORMA to direct the first reconstruction of Russolo's intonarumori orchestra and to curate/ conduct concerts which received a "Best of 2009" mention in the New York Times. In March 2011 Chessa conducted a soldout intonarumori concert for Berliner Festspiele-Maerzmusik Festival; in December, for Art Basel Miami Beach, he conducted the New World Symphony with Lee Ranaldo in the premiere of Ranaldo's It All Begins Now!