The 27th of May is the eleventh anniversary of Luciano Berioâ€™s death. We would like to honor this date by posting a selection of salient moments from the last interview with the composer, from the video, Omaggio. The interview was recorded on April 8th, 2003, and conducted by Gillian Moore and ShÃ¢n MacLennan for the Southbank Centre in London, which presented a festival dedicated entirely to the composer in 2004 entitled Â«Omaggio: A Celebration of Luciano Berio.Â»
In the interview, responding to questions by the two interviewers, Luciano Berio relates some essential moments in his personal and artistic development: his experience as a composer, his connection to popular music and culture, a reflection on technology. The testimony ends with an intense reflection on the future of music, on ways of listening, and to the unity of musical experience within interactions between the classical, pop and jazz traditions: Â«There are certain deep, solid roots in what we do that cannot be changed or destroyedÂ».
To listen to excerpts from the interview, click here.