“Music and Spirituality”, Mixmaster Morris at HYDRO between talks and music
On Saturday 17th March, the famous English DJ will be the special guest at the event at Cittadellarte. The initiative will start in the afternoon with a talk with the artists Andrea Benedetti (aka Sprawl) and Matteo Saltalamacchia, while in the evening, at 22.00, the stage will be for the guests’ musical performances.

A guest of international fame is ready to tread the boards of HYDRO. Mixmaster Morris, the renown English DJ and producer, will in fact be present at the event “Time Tunnel”, held at Cittadellarte on 17th March. Morris, a pioneer and one of the most awarded figures in ambient house music, is considered one of the most influential artists in electronic lounge and chillout music, styles he contributed to invent. Besides curing the musical entertainment, the DJ will be the protagonist of a public talk in the afternoon. The event is promoted by the music label ArtAud and Campo Elettrico together with AltrAvenir, who will carry on with their research process after the event “Music and Spirituality”, held last November (please see our article for info on the previous edition of the event).

The occasion will develop through a dialogue with the other special guests, namely Andrea Benedetti (aka Sprawl) and Matteo Saltalamacchia, with the presence of Cittadellarte’s director Paolo Naldini. The object of the debate with Saltalamacchia, a doctor in Philosophy besides being a music consultant and a DJ, will be the spiritual vision of Mixmaster Morris’s music, mainly ambient; the discussion with Benedetti, himself a DJ, a producer of electronic music and an important figure in the ‘90s Roman rave scene, will identify and analyse the artistic and musical development of the English DJ, defining his link to the electronic scene, from its origins to now. A listening session connected with the topics dealt with and a dinner with ad hoc music accompaniment will follow the afternoon talks; the day will draw to a close with the evening party – in programme from 22.00 to 4.30 – in which the invited guests will play their music: after an opening DJ set by AltrAvenir, there will be music by Mixmaster Morris, Sprawl, Kreggo and Saulk.

“From the afternoon to early morning – we read on the Facebook page of the organizers – we’ll take part in a collective ritual based on dreaming sonorities and energetic rhythms, sometimes relaxed, sometimes fast paced. A journey towards futurist and psychedelic scenarios, in the folds of the electronic space. Our guide will be the cosmic priest Mixmaster Morris, assisted by the jedi of techno music Andrea Benedetti, one of the most influential figures in the Italian and foreign musical scene. To open and close we’ll have Saulk, enfant prodige managing the label Melodies Souterranies, and Kreggo, the mind behind art-aud, as well as our host.”

“Mixmaster Morris hasn’t been to Italy for 14 years, – explains Nicolò Molinari, HYDRO’s secretary – a lot of time if you consider that he is an internationally acclaimed artist, in particular in England and Japan. It is a great honour to have him as our guest, both for HYDRO and for the territory. It is a great achievement for us: as an outcome of a process of growth through time, we will manage to offer a day with the famous English DJ even if the event requires a higher investment than usual. As said, though, it benefits the whole of the Biellese territory: a small town will host an extremely high quality event. On this occasion, besides the usual requirement of being an Arci member, an entry fee of 5 or 7 euros will apply, depending on the time of the entrance (before or after midnight), while a simple free donation is requested for the afternoon activities.”

If on one hand we’ll have an artist of international fame like Morris, on the other we’ll present a local artist who might become one: he is Gregorio Fileppo, aka Kreggo, who, after leading many initiatives at HYDRO (e.g. the programme “Campo Elettrico”) will be able to collaborate and play with Mixmaster for an evening. HYDRO is therefore not only a stage for well-known artists to perform, but also a space for the promotion of new local musical talents such as Kreggo. “Gregorio Fileppo is a friend – concludes Molinari – and it has been a pleasure for us all to assist to the process of growth which has led him to the event of Saturday 17th March. We’ll see how the territory responds to this initiative, we hope it will be popular with music lovers from within and outside the Biella province alike.”