CLUSTER #18 – “I Should Have Been a Gardener” by Alessandra Novaga at labor neunzehn / Monday, 22.11.2021

“I Should Have Been a Gardener” is a work inspired by Derek Jarman, his diaries, his garden, his life and the great influence he had on the culture of the 80s and 90s. It is a portrait of the man inspired by life, death, political commitment and the garden, a fresco composed of the music Jarman loved and listened to, such as The Wound Dresser by John Adams, the music he worked on, such as It’s a Sin by the Pet Shop Boys, and the music the musician composed after a long inner journey into the world of the English director.

Sound and silence work together, the music seeks redemption and purification in an atmosphere that is alive and sick at the same time, like Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage, a magical place where colourful flowers bloom among the pebbles and crosses made of rusty iron left by the sea on the beach, coexisting between the sea and a nuclear power plant on the horizon. “I Should Have Been a Gardener” was published in July 2020 by Die Schachtel.

Alessandra Novaga is a Milan based guitarist with a solid classical training completed at the Musikhochschule in Basel. After many years spent exclusively in the classical field, her artistic course made a turning point that led her to explore and attend only the territories of experimentation, composition and improvisation, thus redesigning her relationship with sound and performance. She started to work with an array of composers and artists such Paula Matthusen, Francesco Gagliardi, Sandro Mussida, and Travis Just, among the others, who wrote the scores for her first solo electric guitar album La Chambre Des Jeux Sonores, released in 2014 on the Italian avant-garde record label Setola di Maiale. Alongside her solo works, she performed with musicians Stefano Pilia, Elliott Sharp, Andrea Centazzo, Massimo Falascone, Gianni Mimmo, and Patrizia Oliva, among others.

CLUSTER #18 – I Should Have Been a Gardener” – concert w/ Alessandra Novaga

22.11.2021 | Doors 17:30 CET | Starts 18:00 CET
labor neunzehn | KIEFHOLZSTR. 19/20 | 12435 Berlin | Event @ Facebook |

The project CLUSTER is generously supported by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin / field notes and Dezentrale Kulturarbeit Berlin-Treptow.

Picture © At Prospect Cottage, Dungenees, April 2019. Photo by Elena Russo Arman
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