In the Voci in Ascolto live meetings, the melodic, timbral, harmonic and rhythmic aspects of the songs are analysed through an oral approach centred mainly on play, imitation, improvisation and the development of memory linked to sound and words without the use of texts and scores, mainly through call/response and mimophony.


From the melodic point of view, learning through imitation is favoured, which enables the melodic line to be understood and the text to be remembered in a short time. This approach develops, in fact, an increase in both auditory and visual attention, of the facilitator (person calling) and the receiver (person answering), also contributing to greater cohesion at a choral level.


Mimophony is a technique widely used in the learning of traditional songs in Corsica. It consists, essentially, in attributing a sound from a scale to a number, which is then indicated with the hand. In this way, the student can concentrate and deepen the sound in a ‘relative’ and not an ‘absolute’ manner, i.e. not bound by the name of the note but by its position in relation to a scale (same concept as the Indian Sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa).

All persons attending the live workshops will have access to material on the Google Drive, containing musical examples, texts and separate voices of the songs studied.


The collaboration between the project of the same name curated by Davide Ambrogio and Vincenzo Gagliani’s World Music Academy gave birth to the first Voci in Ascolto artistic residency, held from 31 May to 4 June 2023 in San Vito dei Normanni, Apulia.

The residency, open to the participation of enthusiasts and professionals, was born after a year of workshops held in Italy and Europe to create a broader moment of listening, singing and comparison between enthusiasts, professionals and artists who participated.

Numerous guests took part in the various activities on the programme, including the workshops of Rachele Andrioli and the Concordu e Tenore de Orosei, who were also the protagonists of one of the concerts planned during the residency with their Sardinian singing, an intangible heritage of UNESCO.

There were concerts, such as that of Coro a coro – the choral workshop directed by Rachele Andrioli – and there was no shortage of talks on the theme of the places of transmission, dissemination and teaching of traditional singing, featuring guests such as maestros Fabrizio Piepoli of the T. Schipa Conservatory, and Danilo Gatto, head of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s traditional music department.

The leitmotif was the theme of didactics and transmission, an opportunity to discuss the study, teaching, evolution, protection and transmission of oral tradition repertoires, from ethnomusicological research to the case of traditional music in conservatories, from genre workshop experiences to the vocal realities of small communities such as those in Sardinia.

The main objective of the residency was to guide participants in the study of the voice, to create connections and opportunities for meetings between people interested in Italian oral tradition singing through workshops and in-depth studies on choral repertoires

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