Sara Persico (1993, Naples) is an Italian sound artist, performer and video-maker. She channels her energy in the research of the voice and sound, diving into multiple instrument possibilities and radical improvisation practices through electronics. Her interest and research include a strong visual approach in her impulsive performances. She has been selected for the Temp Studio multimedia residency in Lisbon (PT), where she presented her solo performance 7ST for voice, electronics and screening of videos. Sara presented her work during several tours in Europe; she performed in venues and festivals such as Bologna Elettrica, Discomfort Dispatch, Geografie del Suono, Multiversal, Bologna Jazz Festival, Napoli Teatro Festival, Santarcangelo Festival, Damas Lisboa, MultiMadeira, Zaratan Arte Contemporanea, O Salgado Faz Anos Fest, Vorspiel, Radical DB, among others.
Sara Persico is part of the Amplify Berlin creative development program for emerging musicians at ACUD MACHT NEU during April 2021.
1. Trust your imagination.
2: Details and pleasure.
3. It is about listening.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Aesthetics of insistence, defiance of apathy, cinema.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
When I was 5 I decided that I would have make music in my life and started performing on my balcony.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
My favorite albums change constantly ‘cause I listen and consume music constantly.
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
The second place where I felt at home.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Neukölln, probably because it reminds me of Napoli for the perfect disorder, noises and especially the driving style. Also KM28, a venue in which I collaborated since its beginning. But in this moment of infrastructural collapse I enjoy having long walks at Treptower Park.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
A director of silent movies.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Glass Lit Dream by Dawuna; Headroof by Villaelvin.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Leos Carax, one of my favorite directors.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Sec_ at L’Asilo (Napoli) in 2014.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It certainly is an important medium for my work of sound and visual artist, but the creative process does not necessarily develop with it.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have two brothers, one is 25 and he has supported me a lot, sometimes helping with practical things like carrying instruments around or doing the door-guy for some of the concerts I organized. The other brother is 10 years old, although we have 17 years of difference and I lived outside of Napoli for the last 6 we have a very deep relationship. He enjoys playing with my sampler and machines.
Photo © Niloofar Asghary