Ignazio Macchiarella is Full Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cagliari (Italy).
He was born in Palermo. He studied at the University of Bologna, where he graduated in 1985 (specialization in Music and Performing Arts) and obtained a Ph.D. [Dottorato di Ricerca] in Musicology in 1991 (specialization in the History of Music in Italy and Ethnomusicology; thesis: Il falsobordone fra tradizione orale e tradizione scritta, published by LIM (Libreria Musicale Italiana), Lucca 1995, ISBN 88-7096-124-9).
He is member of the Department of Literature, Linguistic and Cultural Heritage , of the University of Cagliari.
His main interests are: multipart music as a mode of musical thinking, expressive behaviour and sound; the relationships between music and ritual and between music and religion; the analysis of oral music patterns; and improvisation in vocal music. Recently he has been working on the relationship between scholars and music-makers, and also trying to develop an approach focused on a systematic dialogism. Basically, this dialogical approach aims to build up a systematic collaboration with music-makers which, moving from a negotiated description of performance acts, seeks to deepen both the formal and technical features of these acts and the shared meanings conveyed by the sounds, their representations, the cognitive elements of music production and so on.
He has carried out fieldwork in Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and other Mediterranean regions. He has worked at other Italian universities, and has collaborated with both Italian and European ethnomusicological research institutions.
He has published more than one hundred works, including books, essays, articles and reviews in specialized national and international journals.
At present he is
- Vice-chair of the Study Group on Multipart Singing of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) (http://www.multipartmusic.eu)
- Director of the LABIMUS (LABoratorio Interdisciplinare sulla MUSica – Interdisciplinary laboratory on music) of Cagliari University (http://sites.unica.it/labimus/ )
- Member of the CORD (Co-ordinating Committee) of ESEM - The European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (http://esem-music.eu/present-officers/).
- Member of the Conseil scientifique international de l’Associu Cantu in paghjella, Università di Corsica.
From 1992 to 1996 he taught History of Music at the Conservatory of Music (Naples, Bozen, Matera). From 1997 to 2004 he taught Ethnomusicology at the University of Trento (Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, degree course in Cultural Heritage). From 2000 to 2004 he also taught Ethnomusicology at the University of Siena – seat of Arezzo (degree course in Music and Performing Arts).
• In 2004 he moved his base to Cagliari. He teaches Ethnomusicology (graduate and undergraduate courses) and Popular Music studies.
• He is also a member of the Doctoral School Board of the Research Doctorate in “Musica e Spettacolo” at the University of Roma La Sapienza.
• From 2013 he is member of “Profesores de universidades extranjeras pertenecientes al equipo” of the Programa de Doctorado en Musicología por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y la Universidad de Valladolid.
Inter alia, he has been:
- The scientific coordinator of Cagliari University’s équipe within the research project Incontro (Interventi Condivisi Transfrontalieri di Ricerca sull’Oralità) on oral poetry, financed by the EU (http://www.incontrotransfrontaliero.com/index.php).
- From 2013/2015 Chair of the Italian National Committee of ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music/Unesco).
- Scientific coordinator of the Cagliari University’s équipe of the Prin 2012 (Projects of national interest) entitled Articoli musicali nei quotidiani dell’Ottocento in Italia: una Banca Dati – ARTMUS (Musical articles in nineteenth-century newspapers in Italy: a Data Bank – ARTMUS)" (http://www.artmus.it/public/).
- Scientific coordinator of the Cagliari University’s équipe of the Prin 2009 (Projects of national interest) entitled Articoli musicali nei quotidiani dell’Ottocento in Italia: una Banca Dati – ARTMUS (Musical articles in nineteenth-century newspapers in Italy: a Data Bank – ARTMUS)" (http://www.artmus.it/public/)
- In 2009 he received an assignment of “Individual Consulant” from UNESCO within the Fourth Session of Intergovernamental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangibile Cultural Heritage. (4.COM)- UNESCO – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Conferences and Meetings
He has been invited as a lecturer to conferences and courses at both local and foreign universities, and has presented papers at the meetings of the most important world ethnomusicological societies (SEM, ICTM, ESEM).
Among others, he has presented papers at:
• V ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Nanning, China, IV ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Singapore 2016;
• ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies and International Musicological Society, First Joint Symposium “Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement” Naples, 2016;
• XX International Seminary in Ethnomusicology, IISMC, Fondazione Cini, Venice 2015;
• The international meeting on Listening to Early Modern Catholicism, Boston College, Boston 2014;
• 30th ESEM Meeting, Praha 2014;
• First Seminary of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Tallinn 2014;
• European Voices III. The Instrumentation and Instrumentalization of Sound. Local Multipart Music Cultures and Politics in Europe, Vienna 2013;
• 42nd World ICTM Conference in Shangai; 3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Budapest;
• 2nd Symposium of the Study Group ICTM on Multipart Music, Tirana 2012; Colloque international (IRCAM Centre Pompidou et Université de Strasbourg) Les corpus de l’oralité. L’acte créateur entre cultures de l’oralité et cognition musicale en Méditerranée, Paris;
• Meeting of the ICTM Study Group for Mediterranean Studies: Pan-Mediterranean Poetic Competitions and their Music, Portel 2011,
• First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Cagliari 2010;
• 15th International Seminar in Ethomusicology of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC- Fondazione Cini), Venezia 2010;
• Laboratoire d’anthropologie et d’histoire de l’institution de la culture (LAHIC) – EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), Paris 2009;
• 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 2008;
• National Meeting L’etnomusicologia italiana a Sessanta anni dalla nascita del CNSMP, Roma 2008;
• International Meeting on Multipart Singing in Europe: Historical Trajectories and Current Perspectives, Portel (Portugal), 2007;
• 13th International Seminar in Ethnomusicology of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies (IISMC- Fondazione Cini), Venezia 2007;
• International Symposium on Multipart Singing in the Balkans and the Mediterranean, Vienna, 2005;
• 38th World Conference of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music), Sheffield, UK, 2005;
• 6th Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Anthropology in Mediterranean Cultures, Venice 2004;
• 19th European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), Vienna, Austria 2003.
He has been Chair of the XXXII ESEM Seminar (“Musics/Music Makers/Musicologists’ Transhumance”, Cagliari-Santu Lussurgiu 20-25 settembre 2016 (http://esem-music.eu/?p=1417 ) and Chair of the First Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music, Cagliari 15-21 settembre 2010 (www.multipartmusic.eu ).
Furthermore he gave lectures at: Lahic (Laboratoire d'Anthropologie et d'Histoire de la Institution de la Culture - EHESS) in Paris, the Université de Corse-Pascal Paoli (Corsica), the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Lubljana (Slovenia), the Universidad de Valladolid, the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) of Barcelona, the Institut für Musikwissenschaft of the Universität Wien (Vienna); at the University of Innsbruck; at the Kunstuniversität of Graz (Austria); the Estonian musicological Society-Tallin; the State University of Art and Culture of Minsk (Belarus).
Participation in editorial committees
Inter alia he is:
Coordinator of the editorial committee of the series Ethnomusicology Archives of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia - Sardinia, Squilibri editions, Rome.
Editor of the "Il Campo" series (Nota publishing house in Udine).
• Member of the Scientific Committee of the journal Etnografie Sonore http://www.soundethnographies.it/struttura%20editoriale.html
• Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Analytical Approaches to World Music (http://www.aawmjournal.com/about_aawm.htm).
• Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Translingual Discourse in Ethnomusicology (https://www.tde-journal.org/index.php/tde/about/editorialTeam).
He published more than 140 works, including books, essays, articles and reviews in specialized national and international journals, and edited various long-playing records and CDs of traditional music repertories collected during field researches.
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