PERSONAL ARCHIVE ph. Giovanna Silva
NEXTONES 2021 ph. Percarlo Quecchia

ABOUT

IL PROGETTO

The project for “A Theatre of Stone in Nature”, basically a ‘rethink’ of the long abandoned Roncino quarry, was conceived to be modifiable over a period of time and therefore open to further transformation in the future if so needed.
The architectural strategy is based on three fundamental principles: modularity, transparency and flexibility. These three aspects determine an approach which allows for a constant dialogue not only with the quarry’s natural surroundings but also with future theatrical producers who will be able to shape and model the space according to their specific needs. In practical terms, the construction process involves the superimposition of three main components: a steel modular structure, modular cladding panels of local stone and ‘modular constructions’ or ‘prefabricated volumes’, into which will be incorporated the so called ‘gabions’ (welded wire cages) filled with local stone.
The area of the quarry chosen for the events displays all the typical architectural features of a theatre which effectively conveys the idea of a symmetrical structure notwithstanding the irregularities of the quarry walls. The project is developed around a central space enclosed by the two walls of the quarry which house the supplementary activities.
The project for “A Theatre of Stone in Nature” stands out as an example of architectural and landscape design which draws on the natural context and the industrial archeology of the location, thus ensuring the continuation of a narrative and enabling future generations to actively experience these spaces and also to contribute to their transformation.

TONES TEATRO NATURA

Tones on the Stones has converted an old and abandoned quarry into a permanent theatre enveloped in nature. The Roncino quarry is located in Oira, a hamlet in the Ossola Valley surrounded by woods, terraced vineyards and ancient villages of stone built houses. The surrounding landscape shows just how deeply tied the history of this area is to quarrying and to the cutting and carving of stone, as witnessed by the extensive use of stone in local architecture. This is the historical, economic and cultural heritage that Tones on the Stones has always tried to highlight and expand upon.
The conversion of an industrial workplace into a cultural site is also seen as an opportunity to develop an area which already has a strong tourist vocation. Transforming a ‘critical issue’ into an opportunity, promoting the combination of Culture and Nature in a historical moment that has effectively exposed the fragile nature of urban fabric, strikes us as an interesting and highly motivating challenge.
The new Theatre will become the home base for Tones on the Stones, creating a space for so called ‘site-specific’ productions and international co-production projects, as well as spaces to host workshops for training artists and for courses open to everyone on environmental sustainability issues.
The Theatre will stimulate Tones on the Stones in its mission to further pursue research into digital technologies applicable to the production of outdoor live performances which will give rise to productions of large ‘immersive’ theatrical performances and to audio-visual experimental projects and installations with artists in residence. Above all, we now have a space, a real ‘shot in the arm’ for us, where we can meet, compare and create, and in which ‘digital’ is totally at the service of ‘analogue’ and where ‘digital’, as never before, manifestly appears to be the most important aspect of the whole creative process.

PERSONAL ARCHIVE ph. Giovanna Silva
NEXTONES 2021 ph. Percarlo Quecchia

PROGRAM

26.07
Tuesday
26.07.2022
Common Cloud presents Corpomemory by Ariella Vidach AiEP (performance)
@Villa Caselli

In the surroundings of Villa Caselli, Ariella Vidach will present a new performative project, Corpomemory, which investigates the body as a system of relationships, exploring the frontiers of communication, traditions and the contamination of languages. In the era of new citizenships and globalisation, Corpo Memory investigates the body as a system of relationships, exploring the frontiers of communication, traditions and the contamination of languages.

26.07.2022
ARMIN LINKE - Opening Speech
@Villa Caselli, Masera

Armin Linke is a photographer and filmmaker who combines a range of contemporary image processing technologies to blur the line between fiction and reality. Linke investigates the formation – the so-called Gestaltung – of the natural, technological and urban environment in which we live. Armin Linke’s works – photographs and films – function as tools for becoming aware of different design strategies. At the opening event of Nextones 2022, Armin Linke will present a lecture dedicated to his photographic technique and a screening of his film ‘Alpi’.

Official Website. 

26–28.07.2022
BABAU - DJ set
@Nextones Headquarter

Babau is an Italian music duo formed by artists Luigi Monteanni and Matteo Pennesi, also known as the founders of Artetetra Records. Started in 2014 with the Ep “Papalagi”, the duo develops a research that explores the boundaries between exotica, computer music and post-internet transglobal audio subcultures. For their Nextones residency, Babau will work on new original material providing the occasion to attend and participate in their open rehearsals and long propaedeutic jam sessions. Along with their personal practice, the duo will also showcase two impromptu sets on separate days, offering a peek into their mixed, hybrid sound as well as demo sets of the material produced during the stay.

Official Bandcamp Page. 

27.07
Wednesday
27.07.2022
DEEP LISTENING with SONIC MEDITATION Michael Reiley
@Train Spot

Deep Listening® is the practice devised by American composer Pauline Oliveros that provides a unique approach to music and sound, art, meditation, technology and healing. During Nextones 2022, composer, musician and teacher Michael Reiley will lead two workshops focusing on the practice of Deep Listening, presenting special sonic meditations and Listening Scores.

27-28.07.2022
AEROCENE: Workshop
@Train Spot

Aerocene is an interdisciplinary artistic community led by German artist Tomas Saràceno’s studio that seeks to conceive new ways of raising environmental awareness by activating a common imagination towards an ethical collaboration with the environment and the atmosphere, free of carbon emissions. On the occasion of Nextones 2022, a special two-day workshop will be presented.

28.07.2022
RROSE plays JAMES TENNEY “Having Never Written a Note for Percussion” - Site specific concert
@Orridi di Uriezzo / Miniera (TBC)

Rrose’s hypnotic tracks incorporate ambient and minimalist ideas, in a fruitful cross between Techno and experimental music. As part of Nextones’ residency midweek concert, Rrose will perform James Tenney’s “Having Never Written A Note For Percussion” in Washington DC in September 2012 for the first time in Italy.

28.07
Thursday
28.07.2022
Rayon Vert presents The Hydro Doorways with Samuel Stevenson – Hiking Trip
@Lago di Agaro

During the 2022 edition of Nextones, Rayon Vert will present The Hydro Doorways.
The mountains can be understood as an environment where it is possible to house and develop a population, but also as guardians of the energy needed to fuel and sustain those populations, as well as society at large. In 1938, following the construction of the Agaro dam, the resulting artificial water basin submerged an ancient Walser village. Taking this location as a case study, The Hydro Doorways is both a hike/exploration and a moment of informal reflection on the stratification of mountain societies and the development of past and future energy sources led by climate change researcher Samuel Stevenson.

28.07.2022
ARPABONG – Installation

The harp is considered one of the oldest musical instruments in the world, while hemp is probably one of the first plants to be cultivated in the world. Artist Verynicensleazy takes a new look at this long-standing relationship by building the Arpabong. The instrument will be presented in an exclusive sound installation on the Devero.

28.07.2022
MIMMO SPARACIO - Live Guitar Solo

Mimmo Sparacio is a Sicilian guitarist, composer and essayist, founder of the EMAN ensemble music workshop, teacher of acoustic, classical and Weissenborn Lap steel guitar, who works in Musicology and Cataloguing of Cultural Heritage at the National Artillery Museum in Turin.

28.07.2022
BABAU – Residency
@Train Spot

Babau is an Italian music duo formed by artists Luigi Monteanni and Matteo Pennesi, also known as the founders of Artetetra Records. For their residency at Nextones 2022, Babau will work on new compositions, giving participants the opportunity to attend rehearsals and long preparatory jam sessions.

29.07
Friday
29.07.2022
Tastestones by Foodculture Days – Workshop
@Train Spot

Foodculture Days is a platform for sharing knowledge and know-how on food and ecology through artistic and transdisciplinary practices. At Nextones 2022, Foodculture Days engages with artist and designer Daniel Parnitzke to create an ephemeral space of encounter that will evolve throughout his residency. Thought as an open-source and site specific research, he will bring to light local traditions and connect with regional experts to reflect on ressources, thermodynamic processes, abundance and scarcity. The five-day action includes the conceptualization and collective construction of a cooking device using materials sourced on site. The findings of the research will be presented during a final activation on the Friday afternoon, where the oven will facilitate a collective cooking, in collaboration with Fortuna Forest.

29.07.2022
DEEP LISTENING con SONIC MEDITATION Michael Reiley – Workshop
@Train Spot

Deep Listening® is the practice devised by American composer Pauline Oliveros that provides a unique approach to music and sound, art, meditation, technology and healing. During Nextones 2022, composer, musician and teacher Michael Reiley will lead two workshops focusing on the practice of Deep Listening, presenting special sonic meditations and Listening Scores.

29.07.2022
Foodculture Days – Workshop

Foodculture days is a platform for sharing knowledge about food and ecology through transdisciplinary perspectives and collaborative practices. With the help of Daniel Parnitzke, Master in Social Design at the Edinburgh Academy, you will collectively build an oven from materials locally available, such as terracotta, wood and stone, with which you will then cook dinner in the evening. The workshop will touch on issues of thermal, resource and waste efficiency.

29.07.2022
FRONT DE CADEAUX – DJ set
@Tones Teatro Natura

The origins of Front de Cadeaux date back 10 years to the meeting between DJ Anthome and Hugo Sanchez. At Nextones 2022, they will perform their groovy set at the opening of Marina Herlop.

29.07.2022
Marina Herlop - Concert

Catalan composer, singer and pianist Marina Herlop trained at a conservatoire and has been publishing music since 2016; in ‘Miu’, her latest single and first release on the Berlin label PAN.

30.07
Saturday
30.07.2022
Earth Ensemble presented in collaboration with Jazz Re:Found – Live Performance
@Tones Teatro Natura

Nextones will present the live premiere of Settima Estinzione, a new musical project in collaboration with Jazz:ReFound, Compagnia San Paolo and Italian Music Festivals, realised thanks to Art Waves. The band features musicians Carlotta Sillano, Marta Del Grandi, Daniele Patton, Giovanni Corgiat, Gabriele Bertotti. Under the artistic mentorship of artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, creative direction of Marco Klefish and sound design by Michele Marchetti.

30.07.2022
SKY H1 + Mika Oki – Live A/V
@Tones Teatro Natura

Mika Oki and SKY H1 combine forces to present a new audiovisual show to celebrate the release of the debut album ‘Azure’ of SKY H1. In their respective forms, each artist circles the intricate emotive surfaces of contemporary life in all of its mediated intensity. Just before Squarepusher’s show, Mika Oki and SKY H1 will present their new audiovisual show, a work that takes the content of the album and deciphers its poetics into an alluring live performance. Mika Oki’s visual installation, Parhélion, inspired by the optical phenomenon also called « soleil double » will be taken onto stage and become a subtle scenography of light, projections, smoke and shadows where it will meet the visual inspiration behind the new album.

30.07.2022
Electric Indigo – DJ set
@Tones Teatro Natura

Legendary composer and musician Electric Indigo will close Saturday night show with one of her iconic sets, characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision and a depth that comes from a deep understanding of the music and the art of DJing.

30.07.2022
SQUAREPUSHER – Live A/V
@Tones Teatro Natura

Squarepusher, alias of English electronic musician, bass virtuoso and composer Tom Jenkinson, is considered one of the leading exponents of ‘drill’n’bass’. In the spectacular setting of the Tones Teatro Natura quarry, Squarepusher will present his new live a/v for the first time in Italy.

31.07
Sunday
31.07.2022
DJ Khalab – Live Performance
@Villa Caselli

DJ Khalab, moniker of Roman producer Raffaele Costantino, will present a new live show that will touch on the most traditional sound of Africa, the Afro-American music evolutions, and his research in the electronic field merged with dark, shamanic, and groovy sounds.

31.07.2022
Verynice'N'Sleazy – DJ set
@Villa Caselli

On Sunday afternoon, Verynice’n’Sleazy – monthly resident at Radio Alhara – will perform a djset for “those young people, including you, who live this modern agonizing adolescence and who are wanting the true radical music , I sincerely wish the dialogue accompanied by piercing pain will be born and fill this radical hall” (Takashi Mizutan ‘Les Rallizes Denudes’) at Villa Caselli.

PERSONAL ARCHIVE ph. Giovanna Silva
NEXTONES 2021 ph. Percarlo Quecchia

TICKETS

FRIDAY NIGHT TICKET

6-day&night pass including room and board at Nextones Headquarter + full access to music events, workshops and hiking trips from the 26th to the 31st of July.

Purchasable via Dice.

SATURDAY NIGHT TICKET

3-day&night pass including a camping spot for your tent + full access to the music events from the 29th to the 31st of July.

Purchasable via Dice. 

FULL EXPERIENCE PASS

Single ticket to access the live performances at Tones Teatro Natura on Friday 29th of July 2022.

Purchasable via Dice.

CAMPING PASS

Single ticket to access the live performances at Tones Teatro Natura on Saturday 30th of July 2022.

Purchasable via Dice. 

VENUES

PERSONAL ARCHIVE ph. Giovanna Silva
NEXTONES 2021 ph. Percarlo Quecchia

GETTING THERE

In aereo

Milan Malpensa Airport is located 95km from Nextones. From the airport you can take a shuttle to reach Domodossola.

Navetta Malpensa – Domodossola

In treno

Domodossola Station
Novara – Domodossola line
Milano – Domodossola line

Autobus

The public bus service schedule is limited, you may not be able to reach the festival by bus at all times. It is recommended to check in advance the itinerary to plan your trip. You can use the festival’s social channels to organise group cars and rides.

Domodossola – Oira      comazzibus.com

In taxi

Piazza Matteotti, 23 – Domodossola
Tel. 0324.243700

In Auto

Satellite coordinates: 46.177417, 8.321972
Superstrada del Sempione, follow signs for Crodo, SS 659, exit marked Oira.

Parcheggio

The car park is located very close to the quarry, in front of the Caseificio Ossolano plant at Oira.
Superstrada > exit for Oira > take the road running parallel to the Caseificio Ossolano