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Tue, June 26, 2018

20:30 – 21:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia

A solo-cello concert and art installation by Kate Moore.

Saint Mary and the Spider is a performance installation that features Cassini porcelain sound sculpture and Pace, a hand-crafted Dutch cello by Saskia Schouten, known for the peace insignia carved into its back. The performance was made in response to the composer’s residency at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria. Connecting with the iconography of Saint Mary, the tradition of the tarantella and the scientist Cassini, the music draws from an ancient iconography, history, philosophy and the tradition of story telling. The installation is a ritual space, pure like a well spring, inviting reflection, simultaneously referencing the rosary and dance. The sculpture is a gentle tribute to the death of the Cassini probe in the atmosphere of Saturn, the suspended porcelain depicting the shards and splinters of rocks and minerals that make up the delicate rings of the planet.

Concert and Installation in the Limonaia

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Kate Moore


Kate Moore (b. 1979) is an Australian-Dutch musician and composer of new music. Having obtained a masters degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002 and in 2013 she was awarded a Ph.D. from The University of Sydney. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. Her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck, taking place at The Holland Festival Proms in The Concertgebouw. Her works have been released on major labels including Grammy and Eddison nominated album Dances and Canons, released on ECM New Series and Cantaloupe release Stories for Ocean Shells. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by acclaimed ensembles including ASKO|Schönberg, Alarm Will Sound, The Bang On A Can All-Stars and Icebreaker. Her works have been performed in venues including The Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA