As in the previous years, the programme of this concert is built around the SOUND SPACES festival call for music which, in line with the concept of the festival, aims to open a window on compositional practice all around the world. The call is launched every year by the Hertzbreakerz (a collective of three composers based in Malmö which Francesco, along with Alessandro Perini and Jonatam Sersam, is part of) and this year they received an incredible amount of 164 pieces.
Among these applications Francesco selected three pieces which form the core of the program to be performed through the Acousmonium (a system based on around 30 speakers placed all around the audience). The winners of the call are Marta Domingues from Portugal, Daniel Mayer from Austria and Jung Hyun Lee from South Korea with their pieces “Istantes”, “Matters 8” and “Openings”.
“Openings” by Jung Hyun Lee
“Matters 8” by Daniel Mayer
“Inam” by Adam Stanovic
“tenes un acufeno” by Sofia Scheps
“Instantes” by Marta Domingues
Francesco Del Nero graduated and specialized with honors in piano with Daniel Rivera (Mascagni Conservatory – Livorno) and graduated with honors in composition with Andrea Nicoli at the Puccini conservatory in La Spezia and with Luca Francesconi at the Malmö music academy. He has attended masterclasses with pianists Giuseppe Bruno, Daniel Rivera, Rustem Kudoyarov, Olga Zdorenko and George Kiss, with composer Francesco Filidei, Stefano Maccagno and Vincenzo Ramaglia.
His piece “Di specchi ed echi” (for flute, clarinet, violin and cello) was recorded for the label Sheva. He received a special mention in the TIM (International Tournament of Music) and his “Mitologia d’ingranaggi” (for piano four hands) has been selected in the call for scores for the Festival Camino Contro Corrente 2013 “Atti Vandalici”. He won the third prize in the “Fondazione Giorgio e Aurora Giovannini” piano composition competition with the piece “che da tanta parte dell’ultimo orizzonte il guardo esclude”. The scores “Mitologia d’ingranaggi” and “Di versi inversi” are published by Ars Publica. In 2017 he’s been chosen to participate at the UNM festival with his piece “sì che non accada simultaneamente il nulla” which has been performed for the first time in Malmö at Connect Festival by FontanaMix ensemble.
In 2017, along with Alessandro Perini and Jonatan Sersam, he created the “Hertzbreakerz”, a group dedicated to sound experiments and contemporary music, which in the same year organized a concert series called “Matter, Virtuality and the Expanded Body” in which his composition “come punti di una trama di sabbia” for ensemble (voice, pianoforte, bass clarinet, tuba and double bass), electronics and RGB lights was played by ArsNova ensemble.
Since then the Hertzbreakerz organized many other projects among which the Sound Spaces festival is one of the most important. The festival it’s held every year in the city of Malmö and within its 4 editions had many international artists performing.