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Silvia Tarozzi, violin


Éliane Radique:

Occam Ocean – Occam II, for violin
Improvisation for violin in 1/16th of tone

Silvia is a violinist, composer and improviser. The oral transmission of music and the form created
through a deep immersion into the sound are traits of her musical research and find expression in
several collaborations with composers as Éliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Pascale Criton,
Cassandra Miller, Martin Arnold, Pierre -Yves Macé, Philip Corner.

Her projects are released by I dischi di Angelica, Unseen Worlds, New World Records, Potlatch.
Her concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by BBC Radio and France Musique.
She performs regularly in festivals and venues in Europe, North America, Canada, Mexico.

Work with composers
She has been working with the French composer Pascale Criton since 2010 on the technical and
expressive possibilities of a violin tuned in sixteenths of tone. From this research comes Circle
Process for microtonal violin, which was presented at numerous international festivals and venues
as the RedCat in Los Angeles, Center for new Music in San Francisco, BBC Tectonics Festival in
Glasgow, London Contemporary Music Festival in London, Musique Action Festival in Nancy,
Biennale Musica in Venise. Circle Process was broadcasted live two times by the BBC Radio.
Other pieces have been created by Pascale Criton starting by this first collaboration: Bothsways for
violin and cello (Deborah Walker), commissioned and broadcasted by France Musique, Process
for quintett (Dedalus), Thresholds, for string trio (Eyvind Kang, D.Walker), Soar, for violin, cello
and ondes Martenot (Nathalie Forget, D. Walker), Soar II for 3 voices, violin and cello (Song
Circus, D.Walker).Circle Process has been released on Virgin Violin by I dischi di AngelicA in 2014
Bothsways and Process has been released on Infra by Potlatch in 2017.

Since 2011 Silvia has also regularly collaborated with Éliane Radigue, becoming one of the main
interpreters of her compositional cycle Occam Océan for acoustic instruments and creating
numerous works ranging from the violin solo Occam II to chamber music, performing with many
of Éliane’s interpreters (whom she calls her knights!) as Deborah Walker, Julia Eckhardt, Carol
Robinson, Dafne Vicente Sandoval, Enrico Malatesta, Rhodri Davies, Angharad Davies, Nate
Wooley, Louis-Michel Marion, Dominic Lash. In 2019 she was commissioned by Sacrum
Profanum Festival (PL) the absolute first transmission of a composition by Éliane Radigue to
another performer, the illustrious violinist Irvine Arditti.

Occam II, for violin has been released on Virgin Violin by I dischi di AngelicA in 2014.
The album OCCAM OCÉAN 3 featuring music for string trio, duo and solo was released in 2021
by SHIIIN label.

Working collaboratively over several years, Silvia Tarozzi and Cassandra Miller have developed a
personal and unique way to create music together. Their compositions are not notated, but devised
and learned, through a long interchange of experiments in embodied music making. The resulting
performance lies between improvisation and aurally-transmitted folk music, and is made for sharing
with audiences in spaces of deep listening. They titled their project A way to begin and it’s
conceived as a work in progress which develops as a playground and research space for their
friendship. In 2018 they performed their first collaborative piece, So close, for violin, voice and pre-
recorded tape, at Huddersfield University. In 2016 Cassandra composed for Silvia the solo piece
Serenata, for violin and voice. In 2022 they performed together with BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra their second collaborative piece, Bismillah meets the Creator in Springtime a
commission of Tectonics Festival Glasgow. The concert was recorded and broadcast on BBC radio

As a composer
Silvia started composing and improvising at the same time, starting from her experience as an
interpreter and through a process of opening up to more creative musical approaches. In 2009 she
began to write songs inspired by italian poetress Alda Merini which became an album released in
2020 by Unseen Worlds, Mi specchio e rifletto.
In 2022 the same label released an album of compositions and reinterpretations of folk choral songs
of Italian region Emilia-Romagna, that she elaborated with cellist Deborah Walker, Canti di
guerra, di lavoro e d’amore.

Since 2010 she performed her own music in projects with video makers (Supermamie by Thomas
Mailaender), dancers (A blue coat, with Teri J.Weikel, Donc by Sylvain Groud), actors
(L’uccello di fuoco by Chiara Guidi, with Massimo Simonini).
In 2018 she was invited as a composer to the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada, to
participate in the residency The Creative Gesture – Collective Composition Lab for Music and

She has been in a duo with Italian cellist Deborah Walker for about 20 years. They are the
recipient of music by Éliane Radigue, Pascale Criton, Philip Corner, Tim Parkinson but they also
feature their own compositions and they are both improvisers. The distinctive feature of their music
is a mix of a timbre research on their istruments, the use of voices, melodic elements inspired by
north italian traditional singing, research on microintervals and more. In 2017 they released with
Unseen Worlds EXTREEMIZMS, early and late a cd dedicated to Philip Corner’s music
featuring the composer on piano and Rhodri Davies on harp.
The duo worked on original music inspired by their region’s folk songs Canti di guerra, di lavoro e
d’amore that they performed at several contemporary music festivals in Europe and Mexico and
which became an album in 2022.

Silvia has been the violinist of the French ensemble Dedalus since 2006. The ensemble has
commissioned and recorded new pieces by Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Jürg Frey,
Michael Pisaro, Sébastien Roux, Catherine Lamb, Éliane Radigue and many others.
Since 2011, Silvia co-conduct the activities of a children choir, the Piccolo Coro Angelico. This
project focuses on vocal research and experimentation, bringing children to an open and creative
approach to music since the beginning of their musical experience. The choir is part of the Scuola
di Musica Angelica and based at AngelicA Centro di Ricerca Musicale in Bologna (IT).

Canti di guerra, di lavoro e d’amore
Unseen Worlds 2022
Shiiin 2021
Mi specchio e rifletto
Unseen Worlds 2020
Philip Corner – EXTREEMIZMS, early and late
Unseen Worlds 2018
Pascale Criton – Infra
Potlatch 2017
Virgin Violin
i dischi di Angelica 2014

Kontakt: tonttutalvi@yahoo.co.uk