Music the Dead Can Hear

The Leonardo da Vinci Society

Cordially invites its members and guests to

Music the Dead Can Hear:

Theosophical Presences in Luigi Russolo’s Art of Noises,
Relating back to Leonardo’s Noisemakers

A lecture by Luciano Chessa


Museo Italo Americano

Fort Mason, Building C, San Francisco

Thursday, January 21 – 7:30 PM

$5 for non members of the Leonardo da Vinci Society

Luciano Chessa will present a completely new reading of the mechanical sound synthesizers – gli intonarumori.  These synthesizers were created by Luigi Russolo, an Italian futurist, painter, composer and instrument builder, beginning in 1913.  This reading by Luciano will trace the roots of Russolo’s instruments back to Leonardo da Vinci’s early designs.  Luciano will play for us some of Russolo’s music and relate these musical trends to the Italian futurist movement.


Luciano Chessa

Musicologist, composer, and performer Luciano Chessa (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) has been active in Europe, the U.S., Asia, Australia, and South America.  He is the author of Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph to be dedicated to Futurist Russolo, published to critical acclaim by the University of California Press.


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