Stefano Vagnini (born 1963) is an Italian musician, composer, poet and Modular Art theorist who lives and works in Italy and in the United States.
Stefano Vagnini studied organ, composition and electronic music at the “G. Rossini” conservatory in Italy and at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA. He earned a degree in organ, organ composition with Professor Armando Pierucci and in electronic music with Professor Eugenio Giordani at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica in Pesaro (Italy). Organ masterclass with: Monserrat Torrent, Michael Radulescu, Liuwe Tamminga, André Isoir, Sarah L. Martin.
Stefano Vagnini has taught organ and composition at the Conservatories of Verona and L'Aquila (Italy).
Since 1986 he is the art director of the International Organ Festival at Santa Maria Nuova in Fano, Italy, where internationally acclaimed organists performed; inter alia Liuwe Tamminga, Michael Radulescu, Arturo Sacchetti, Gaston Litaize, Odile Pierre.
Since 1997 he developed a new composing methodology, specifically applied to music, called ModulArt.
Since 2003 together with soprano Giorgia Ragni, he formed a musical duo in art and in life called Aidaduo. Aidaduo research, elaborate and create new kind of concerts, Modular performances, giving seminars and conferences on Modulart in Universities around the world.
Concerts as organist and choir director in Italy, the U.S.A (’86,’08,’09,’10,'11), France (’89,’06)), Germany (’92,’93,’99,‘06,'12), Austria (‘99), Switzerland (’99,‘10), Russia (‘95), Brazil (’95,’98), Argentina (’95,’98), Uruguay (’95,‘98), China (’98), Africa (‘04), Spain ('05, '07) and England ('11), Scotland ('12), Korea ('13,'14).
Stefano Vagnini has conducted the Slave Song gospel choirand the Mezio Agostini opera choir, Fano, Italy.
Compositions and performances
- Cappuccetto Rosso: Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, performed in France and Fano, (Italy)
- Le Fou de Notre Dame: choreographer Sylvie Roukhadze’
- Waiting for Godot: Transteatro Fano Production, director Massimo Puliani, Napoli and Roma (Italy)
- Thesys: director Fernando Scarpa, Wittenberg, (Germany), 2002
- Luther Stories: director Fernando Scarpa, Wittenberg, (Germany)
- Incubi Catodici: director Renato Toniato, (Italy) winning the following awards:
- Mirano Award: 1985, Mirano, (Italy)
- The Linz Award: 1986, Linz, (Austria)
- Concerto a Berlino: director Stefano Vagnini, Teatro della Fortuna, Fano, (Italy)
- Meditazione 2
- Preludio, Ricercare e Finale
- Les Danses Modulaires
Organ and tape
- Isola di Koch: performed in Pesaro (Italy), Auditorium Pedrotti, Fano, Santa Maria Nuova Church.
- Il Meraviglioso Segreto del Biondo (Part A): commissioned by il Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Italy), art director Fabrizio Festa.
- Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross): modular oratory performed at:
- Beijing Concert Hall, (China), 1998, first sacred opera authorized by the Chinese Popular Authority;
- Fano, (Italy),Corte Malatestiana, 1998
- Sao Paulo, Monasterio de Sao Bento, 1998
- Buenos Aires, San Telmo Cathedral, 1998
- Berlin, Kaiser Wilhelm Kirche, 2003
- Salzburg, (Austria), Dome, 1999
- Lausanne, (Switzerland), Cathedral, 1999
- Potsdam, (Germany), 1999
- Biberach, (Germany), 1999
- Rastatt, (Germany), 1999
- Geislingen an der Steige, (Germany), 1999
- Warstein, (Germany), 1999
- Darmstadt, (Germany), 2000
- Tolentino, (Italy), Saint Nicola Sanctuary
- Fossano, (Italy)
- Cermenate, (Italy)
Aidaduo Style is a combination of classical music (piano and soprano) incorporating literature, cinema and fine arts mixed with a constant innovative, experimental and ironic research.
- Aenigma: performed in
- Alessandria, (Italy), 2004
- Viareggio, (Italy), 2005
- Il Viaggio Sospeso: performed in
- Tolentino, (Italy), Cappellone of San Nicola, 2005
- Back to Bach: performed in
- Narbonne, (France), 2006
- Fabrezan, (France), 2006
- El Medano, Tenerife, (Spain), 2007
- Ouroburos: performed in Fano, (Italy), Santa Maria Nuova church, 2007
- Toccate, Voli e ricercari su Salve Regina: performed in Bologna, (Italy), San Giacomo Maggiore Church, 2007
- Gabersuite: performed in Fano, (Italy), in the “Testi e Tasti” Festival, 2009
- EatalianGrandpianofood: performed in Washington D.C., (USA), Italian Embassy, 2010
- Sacrariae: performed in
- Rome, (Italy), St Paul's Within the Walls Cathedral, 2010
- Ligornetto, (Switzerland), Cathedral, 2010
- Milan, (Italy), Santa Rita Sanctuary, 2010
- Rochester, (England), Cathedral, 2011
- Small Packages from Italy: performed in Carrollton, Georgia (USA), Carrollton Cultural Art Center, in November 2010
- Christmas Alio Modo: performed in Carrollton, Georgia (USA), Tanner Hospital Harmony for Healing, in December 2010
- Visions: performed in Carrollton, Georgia (USA), Carrollton Cultural Art Center, in January 2011
- The Gothic Dream: performed in Carrollton, Georgia (USA), University of West Georgia, in February 2011. Modular project comminssioned by the University of West Georgia
- The Zoo Modular project: performed at the West Georgia University, Carrollton, Georgia, (USA), Masterclass, Music Department, January 2011
- Sweet Suite Life: performed at the West Georgia University, Carrollton, Georgia, (USA), Masterclass, Music and Silent Movie, Music History class, Music Department, April 2011
- ModulArt in Poetry: performed at the West Georgia University, Carrollton, Georgia, (USA), Masterclass, Creative writing class, English Department, February 2012
- Assembling Forests: performed at the West Georgia University, Carrollton, Georgia, (USA), Masterclass, Theater class, Theater Department, February 2012
- FaceBach: performed at the Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. Masterclass on Bach’s interpretation and combination of his works together with contemporary composers such as J. Cage, C. Berberian, K. Stockausen, by Giorgia Ragni and Stefano Vagnini, June 2012.
- Il Punto G: Cagli Teatro Comunale, (Italy), “Testi e Tasti” Festival
- Aspettando Godot + Not Film: Fano, (Italy), “Testi e Tasti” Festival
ModulArt in a new composing methodology theorized and applied to music by Stefano Vagnini. The modular composition system extends its procedure to compositions licensed by the musician as completed works of art. To these compositions one can overlap new modules. The new modules can be added by the same author in a different moment or by different authors. Greek History University Professor Umberto Bultrighini describes "Vagnini's ability to satisfy old needs and combine them with modern technology. ModulArt as the key answer to the need of defining the artist's work, finding the right balance between art, audience and copyrights". Stefano Vagnini's ModulArt is theorized and applied in a theoretical book, in a book + DVD of modular poems and a cd. Writer, painter, and art theorist Gian Ruggero Manzoni described the modularity of Vagnini's compositions as “circular like the existence, his works are not finished, but merely stimulus for new voices”. Vagnini's ModulArt in musical composition coincides and was developed independently during the same period of time with Leda Luss Luyken's ModulArt in the realm of painting. Both hold that the artist’s tools to creativity are virtually unlimited by way of ModulArt.
- Via Crucis
- Zoo - world modular project performed in Italy June 2002, Festival Villa e Castella, art director Nino Finauri and in Sunny Isles Beach Miami, May 2009
- Messa Picena
- Back to Bach
- Small Packages from Italy
- The Gothic Dream
- Sweet Suite Life
- 1990 - Isola di Koch - LP recorded and performed in Notre Dame de Paris (France), 1986, “L’orgue du Dimanche” Organ Festival (Ed. Nautilus, Fano)
- 1994 - Nicolaus - CD (Ed. Bongiovanni, Bologna)
- 2002 - Via Crucis - CD (Ed. Falcon Valley Music, Roma)
- 2002 - The Modular Method in Music – Book (Ed. Falcon Valley Music, Roma)
- 2003 - Messa Picena (Ed. Falcon Valley Music, Roma)
- 2007 - Salmodiesubliminali - Poems’ Book + DVD (Ed. Campanotto, Udine)
- EDT Editor, Opera 2006. Annuario dell'Opera lirica in italia, 2006, pp 74
- Slave Song gospel and spiritual choir website http://www.slavesong.it/files/pdf/curricumul_stefano_vagnini_en.pdf
- International Organ Summer Festival in Rome http://www.marcolomuscio.com/images/programs/2010/Organ%20Festival%202010/Rome%20Festival%202010_St.%20Paul%20Church.jpg
- Primavera Organistica, Ligornetto, Switzerland http://www.ato-ti.ch/Primavera_Organistica_2010_Ligornetto_1.pdf
- Giorgia Ragni, Rai Italian Television Interview on Stefano Vagnini's ModulArt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3brCx3wWr0I
- Umberto Bultrighini, Vagnini, The Modular Method in Music, Views of an Open Art, English and Italian, pp 57, Rome: Falcon Valley Music, 2002
- Falcon Valley Music Editors, Stefano Vagnini The Modular Method in music, view of an open art, Rome, Italy, 2002
- Campanotto Ed. Salmodie Subliminali, Udine, Italy, 2007
- Falcon Valley Music Ed., Via Crucis, Rome, Italy, 2002
- Gian Ruggero Manzoni, in: Vagnini, Stefano: SalmodieSubliminali, Campanotto Editions, Udine, 2007, pp 7-8
- Zoo, http://www.villecastella.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/VC_2002.pdf depliant 2002, pp 11
- The Miami Herald, Thursday May 14th 2009