‘Passa la banda?’ ('is the marching band coming by?) is a sonic ethnography of a southern Italian festa and a further sonic investigation into its composer's double heritage, Italian and Irish.
This 16mins soundscape documents the various distinct phases in the celebrations of St. Anthony's feast in a remote rural village in Italy’s Pollino National Park. Field recording to editing lab, this work explores some of the keynote sounds of La Cosa Preziosa's own home village while at the same time raising the question of whether these sounds can speak to other cultures listening in, and whether they can translate as wider expressions of religious and civic sentiment.
The work opened at Ethnographic Terminalia 2011: field, studio, lab, at the Eastern Bloc Center for the arts in Montréal, Canada. Running parallel to the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Ethnographic Terminalia annually presents a diversity of material, conceptual and creative engagements between art and anthropology, capturing a variety of mediums where anthropology and art intersect.
Culture Ireland kindly supported La Cosa Preziosa's presence at the exhibition, which included a Gallery Talk on 19th November at 2pm, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
In August 2013, Passa La Banda? was selected as one of the finalists for the Süden Radio call for sounds, exploring the concept of 'south' from a variety of sonic perspectives. Curated by Radio Papesse in collaboration with Saut Radio, Reboot FM and Villa Romana. Broadcast from 24th Aug 2013.