The project NOMEN was born in 2015 with the two first versions, one for string orchestra and the other for 13 players. The pronounce of the title recall first of all the latin word “nomen – nominis”, which means name. But it is also a japanese word that defines the mask used in the traditional nō theatre. This title is the word that could better express the principal idea, a research on identity: the same idea in two different shades, not just a trascription from an ensemble to another, but two pieces written simultaneously.
In the nō theatre, the actor wears a mask (preventing him from using facial expressions, but forcing him to find other expressive means, like hands mouvements or light games); in the project NOMEN, the mask is the musical idea, weared but two different actors, in this case the two different ensembles.
Later, I had the opportunity to continue the project, developing new versions of the original idea of NOMEN.
Here is the list of all NOMEN available (and it is always being updated!):
- for 13 players – flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, trunpet, 2 horns, 2 violins, viola, violoncello and double bass
- for string orchestra
- for harp and string orchestra