Riccardo Dapelo — Composer and Sound Artist in Residence
February 25 — March 1

Celebrating the international exchange program between UMBC’s Department of Music and the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, UMBC welcomes Professor Riccardo Dapelo for lectures, concerts, and masterclasses.


This event, “Gravitational Harmony,” features RUCKUS, the UMBC faculty new music ensemble. The program will include:

  • Riccardo Dapelo — ADAPTIVE_STUDY_#04-Gravitational Harmony
  • Salvatore Sciarrino — Esplorazione del Bianco II
  • Barbara Retagliatti — Suite per flauto e pianoforte
  • Davide Tramontano — Sonetto Morto
  • Katherine Balch — Musica Spolia
  • Riccardo Dapelo — Piume di cielo su ali di luce

Additional events in Dapelo residency:
Monday, February 26, 4 p.m. — Soundscape as Composition
Friday, March 1, 2:30 p.m. — In Process — featuring Lisa Cella and Alan Wonneberger


Composer Riccardo Dapelo is interested in interaction between instruments and live electronic, processing of the human voice and the poetic word (with particular attention to the works of Giorgio Caproni and Edoardo Sanguineti), seeking technologies and forms of inte(g)ra(c)tion of different media (music, sound design, sound art, installations, dance, video art, theatre). In 2001 began a series of works that contain digital sets and digitally synthesized images. Lately his interests are turning also to the improvisational practices and has begun a series of studies (Adaptive Studies) on adaptive artwork, through the interaction between musician and computer.

Dapelo was awarded the first prize at the 1994 international Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte in Berlin, and has been a finalist in competitions. His music has been released on SAM records, Rivo Alto, Tau Kay, and Ars Publica, and his compositions are published by Ars Publica. Since 2013 he has taught composition and music and technology at Piacenza Conservatory.

He states, “I like to run, climb mountains, ski, enjoy the beauty of the world, the purity of the peaks, design algorithms, test new systems of notation, improvisation, writing music, teaching, photographing flowers and plants (on mountain but not only), cross different aspects of art and science, to observe natural systems, and draw inspiration for new creative projects.​”


$15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students. Please visit here to reserve seats.


Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall is easy to visit, with plenty of free parking. Please visit here for directions and parking information.

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