Nature is the true and primeval source of everything, to which humans must always return to quench their spiritual thirst. Seeking a renewed connection with the natural elements, the “E-Mago” project was founded in Viterbo in 2015, the result of interaction with The Art Republic Foundation Studio cultural centre and as part of the Republic of Arts movement. The E stands for Electromagnetism, and MAGO refers to the esoteric and mystical dimension of Nature. Fundamental to the creation of the project was an encounter between musician Michele Villetti and geologist Antonio Menghini. Michele is a drummer and percussionist, trained at the Santa Cecilia conservatoire, and a composer of instrumental jazz and ambient music. Having spent several months living with four wild foxes, he released a disc, “Masileyo, Soundtracks for a real life”, influenced by this extraordinary life experience. His particular research – masileyo sound - is rooted in the harmonious fusion of ethnic rhythms and electronic sounds inspired by nature. With the technology employed by Menghini for geophysical surveys, and thanks to a skilled backing group (Stefano Pontano, Riccardo Scorsino, Stefano Floris, Matteo Pelorosso, Giulia Selvaggini, Leonardo Vietri and Michele Empler), Villetti succeeded in staging a unique musical experience, engaging and participatory, in which the musicians improvise while following the frequencies emitted by the Earth. Geophysical data is transformed into musical sequences, then arranged and performed in accordance with the idea of masileyo sound. The project is undergoing a metamorphosis: Antonio Menghini’s research has taken a different direction, while Michele Villetti, along with Michele Empler, is working on a new and more advanced version of the show: “E-Mago”.
The story has been written by Simona Pandolfi, writer.