Tyson (Court Dance Company of New York), S. Bragetti (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano). As a recorder player, he performed in several concerts, recordings and collaborations, both as a soloist and with renaissance and baroque musical ensembles, like "Fabula Ensemble", "Musica Antiqua" and "Corale Polifonica Psalterium". He founded, with the lute player Luca Marconato, the duo "La Mandragola" (2000).
From 1999 to 2001, he was teacher of musical theory and recorder in the music school L'Arpa d`Erba - Echos Progetto Musica, Roma, directed by E. Casularo. He started studying piano and slowly moved his interests to composition, attending the lectures of Carmelo Piccolo (Conservatorio di Pesaro). Studying harmony, direction, music theory and composition a deep change in Matteo Sommacal"s musical interests occurred, and he started focusing on the new streams, contemporary music, minimal and post-minimal experiences. He participated to the writing of the artistic manifesto gEuM (2001-2003) and, with a group of young musicians interested in the contemporary repertoire, he founded the ensemble "Piccola Accademia degli Specchi" (2000/2001). As a composer, works by him were played in several events and live concerts (Festival di Musica Antica of Urbino, CasaDellaMusica of Trieste, Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Pianistico "A. Rubinstein" of Roma, etc).
In 2002 he received the commission of composing the original sound track for the Ruggero Lancia's musical movie "Candidamente". Presented by the clarinet player, director and music producer Davide Casali, he started collaborating with the "Postaja Topolove/Stazione di Topolò" International Festival, with a project of circular listening (2004), with a choral composition on words by the Slovenian poet Srečko Kosovel (2005) and with the scene music for the monologue play "Riflessioni di passaggio sopra il cimitero ebraico di Topolò" (2006), written and performed by Davide Casali. In 2005 he received the commission of a choral composition on words by the Italian writer Renato Serra by the "Corale Nuovo Accordo" of Trieste. In the same year, the percussion class at the Conservatorio "Tartini" in Trieste, directed by M° Fabian Perez-Tedesco, celebrated the opening of the music season of the conservatory with a score written by him (September 2005). In the city of Trieste, the ensemble "Piccola Accademia degli Specchi" performed compositions of his for the concerts at the Orto Lapidario (August 2004) and for the 5th Internation Festival of Contemporary Music "Luigi Nono" (November 2004). In the city of Rome, the same ensemble performed compositions of his for the "European Festival of Music" (June 2005). Together with the piano player and music director Giovanni Rosati, he co-produced the CD "MinimaMachta", which contains recordings of compositions by him, P.
Glass and W. Mertens, performed by the "Piccola Accademia degli Specchi" (August 2004). "MinimaMachta", distributed by Zedde Editore (Torino), ranked 9th in Echoes Top 25 for September 2007. Matteo Sommacal wrote the music for the documentary "La resistenza nella provincia di Roma", on the partisan war in the province of Rome, directed by Michele Imperio (2006), and the original sound track of a short experimental movie by Fulvio Spagnoli (2006). Other compositions were used for the soundtrack of the documentary "MacchiaMadre" by Simona Marziani (2007) and for the promotional video "me*" of the European Marine Equipment Council (2008). As a composer and artistic director of the "Piccola Accademia degli Specchi", he frequently appears in Italian radio programs to speak about his compositions and more generally about contemporary music (Radio RAI UNO, Radio Rock Roma, Nova Radio Città Futura, Nuova Spazio Radio, etc).
At the moment he is working on a great composition for choir and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the community of the "San Paolo alla Regola" church in Rome, originally intended to celebrate Saint Paul and the end of the restoration works of the church. Together with his music interests, he also carried on scientifical studies. He obtained the MSc in Physics at Università di Roma "La Sapienza" in 2002 and the PhD in Mathematical Physics at the Internation School for Advanced Studies in Trieste in 2005. At the moment he has a research fellowship at the Mathematics Department of the Università degli Studi di Perugia. The "Piccola Accademia degli Specchi" was founded around the end of the year 2000 in Rome, Italy and it is specialized in the performance of contemporary classical music, with particular attention to the so-called minimalist and post-minimalist experiences. The founder members are: Alessandra Amorino (flute/piccolo), Assunta Cavallari (piano), Donato Cedrone (cello), Claudia Di Pietro (alto/soprano saxophone), Valerio Marchitelli (violin), Giovanni Rosati (piano, musical direction) and Matteo Sommacal (arrangements, artistic direction). On many occasions the ensemble has collaborated with other musicians, increasing or modifying its line-up.
The ensemble's repertoire includes many composers who were or have been active for the last thirty years, like Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen, Graham Fitkin, Karl Jenkins, Terry Riley, John Cage, György Ligeti, Simon Jeffes and William Susman. The Piccola Accademia degli Specchi's project has also the aim of diffusing the music of living Italian composers like Giovanni Sollima, F. Di Fiore, Matteo Sommacal, F. A. Mirenzi, Ludovico Einaudi, M.
B. Panitti and Paolo Carlomè. The ensemble has been invited to participate to national and international music festivals, often performing compositions in world premiere, and recorded several original movie soundtracks, for documentaries, commercials and independent cinematographic productions. Music performed by the ensemble is regularly radio broadcasted in Europe and USA and appeared on WNYCs program New Sounds, presented by J.
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