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SYNAULIA

SOUNDS, MUSIC AND DANCES
OF ANCIENT ROME AND THE ANTIQUITY

RESEARCHES AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OF
EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY APPLIED TO
THE PERFORMING ARTS,
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF EPOCH,
THEATER AND DANCE IN COSTUME

Repertoires for concerts, experimental archaeology, lectures. demonstrations,
historical scenes with subject on theme, theatre, video and film,
CD, CD ROM, Web and sonorisation of museums.

SED INDE DE FLUVIO
MUSICAE SUAVIS
NUTRICULA LENI CREPITU DULCIS AURAE
DIVINITUS INSPIRATA SIC VACINATUR HARUNDO VIRIDIS... Apuleio

But here that from the shore, the green reed, mother of the sweet music, divinely inspired by the light whisper of the sweet aura, so she said.. .

musical instrument hanging from the tree The ideation and the direction of the project SYNAULIA is of Walter Maioli, musician, paleorganologist , that from thirty years researchs , experiments and applies the sounds of the nature of the prehistory and of the antiquity.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF ANCIENT ROME
TRUMPETS : tuba, lituus, cornu, bucina.
FLUTES: siringa, fistulae, tibiae, obliqum calamo, acutus, transverse flute .
REEDS: tibiae pares, impares, elymoi, plagiaulos, sirinx.
DRUMS: tympanum.
Percussions: (idiofoni) crotala, scabillum, crepundia, sistrum, tintinnabulum, cymbalum, discos, rhombus, turbo.
STRING INSTRUMENTS: lyra, cithara, pandura, sambuca, liute, cordae obliquae
instruments of ancient rome Synaulia The musicians that also deal with theatrical roles and of dance are plurinstrumentist with the following specializations:
Researches, general direction and flutes:
WALTER MAIOLI
Dances with the employment of percussion instruments, voice, string and wind instruments, choreographies and researches:
NATHALIE VAN RAVENSTEIN, LUCE MAIOLI
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suonatore di sublo etrusco
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Synaulia Musicof Ancient Rome
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They work with SYNAULIA hundreds of artists: musicians; section trumpets, reeds, a choir, dancers, actors and figurants for formations with 5-8-30 or more elements.
Section trumpets:
Teacher MARCO AGLIOTTI
PAOLO FRATTAROLI
PAOLO FEDERICI
Musicians actors :
ROMEO MANGINO
Musician of tympanum and teacher in the popular arts and traditions
IVAN GIBELLINI
specialist in ancient gymnastic disciplines and gladiatorial ludi.
GEORGIA PARMEGIANI
Graduated in piano.
EGIDIO FORASASSI
SARAH SCACCHI
VALERIA PASCALE

Graduate in letters, thesis in dance and anthropology.
LUISA SPAGNA
Teacher of traditional and oriental dances.
PAOLO PACCIOLLA
Percussionist, graduated in piano.

A special collaboration with the Sardinian master of launeddas ROBERTO CORONA

For a work of comparison and research on the ancient reed instruments to reed: aulos, tibiae, plagiaulos that Walter Maioli and Luce Maioli realize since years. Walter Maioli are you/he/she has begun the searches on the reeds and the double flute in Sardinia and in Morocco in 1974, in 1975 in Tunisia, in 1976 in Egypt, and among 1977 and 1979 in Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan and India. In the years 80 and 90 in the North of Europe.



 

 

 

 

 

 


SYNAULIA
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

From 1995 SYNAULIA develops an intense activity of performances, participating to dozens of demonstrations of experimental archaeology in Holland, in the parc Archeon, in the museums of Leiden and Amsterdam, in Germany in the museums and amphitheatres of Munchen, Trier, Xanten, Aalen, Berlin, Bonn, Bad Gogging, Mainz, Rosenheim. In Spain and in Portugal.
Participates to prestigious reviews of classical music and develops concerts in museum environments and archaeological sites as well as in different Italian cities from which Pompeii, Villa of Adriano, Albano, Fiesole, Sutri, Urbisaglia, Corfinio, Matelica, Villa Dose, Fiuggi, Volterra, Populonia, Vulci, Murlo, Vetulonia, Tuscania . In 1996 the first CD SYNAULIA 1 Wind Instruments, edit by the Amiata Records was presented in the Campidoglio in Rome. Concerts and performances were given in particular places as the Mausoleum of August, the Markets of Trajan, the Thermal Baths of Diocleziano, Villa of Livia, The Imperial Forum, The Circus of Massenzio, Ostia Antica, Preneste. Documentaries and scientific programs collaborations: BBC , CNN, Japanese tv , Discovery Channel and participation to video of experimental archaeology among which for the Rai, the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Julia in Rome and different Museums and University in Germany. Consultations and sounds for CD Rom among which for the Archaeological Museum of Florence.
For the BBC- radio, the trumpetshave been recorded in the amphitheatre Flavio, the Colosseum.
From 1999 SYNAULIA started a collabotation with the greatest Italian actor Giorgio Albertazzi that wants them at his side for two different shows.
SYNAULIA appears under the dresses of the Nymphs and Satyrs with their arkadic instruments in the recent film: A Midsummer Night Dream by Michael Hoffman played by o.a. Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline.
Two compositions from the first cd of SYNAULIA were chosen for Ridley Scott's spectacular film " The Gladiator".
But surely, the finest aspect, the apex of the expression of SYNAULIA is reached with the performance the " Sounds of the Mysteries ".

Recently it's gone out in commerce the CD "SYNAULIA II - String instruments" edit by Amiata records.

 

SYNAULIA is receiving a warm consent with hundreds of articles, among which on the international press and television passages; the CNN and the principal national TVs in Italy, France, Germany, Japan.

Photo Synaulia 1996

Tuscania (VT) Necropolis of San Potente, "Musical Sunsets of Tuscania"

Concert-theater of sounds "Etruscan Memories " - July, August, September 2003

Tivoli, Villa of Adrianus, Theater Maritime, Concert "The Sounds of the Mysteries" - August 2002

Pompei, Excavations - December 30 th 2001

Xanten, (Germany) Archaeological Park, "Schwerter, Brot und Spiele" - die Romer kommen - June 2003 - Synaulia with the participation of Roberto Corona, Sardinian teacher of reeds.

Tivoli, Villa of Adrianus, scientific archaeological documentary BBC "Carvillius, the Mummy in Rome" SYNAULIA - "At the borders of the empire" - October 2002

Sonorous and theatrical scenes devoted to the Etruscans.
Vulci (VT), Naturalistic Archaeological Park of Vulci, Spectacle "There was once in Maremma" - June 2003

Volterra (Pi)
" Etruscan Visions ",
"The spirit of the spring" - autumn 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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FOTO SYNAULIA

Synaulia, concerts in the necropoli of S. Potente Tuscania (VT) 2003
Necropolis of St. Potente, "Musical Sunsets of Tuscania" (VT)
Concert-theater of sounds "Etruscan Memories" - July, August, September 2003


Synaulia, concert at Teatro Marittimo, Villa Adriana
Tivoli, Villa Adriana, Maritime Theater,
Concert "The Sounds of the Mysteries" - August 2002


Synaulia, concert at the great gym, Pompeii

Synaulia, concert at the Pompeii excavation 2001
Pompeii, Excavations - December 30 th 2001

Synaulia trumpet players in amphiteatre of Xanten
trumpet players ancient rome
reeds player
Synaulia in amphiteatre of Xanten

Xanten, (Germany)
Archaeological park, "Schwerter, Brot und Spiele" die Romer kommen June 2003

Synaulia with the participation of Roberto Corona, Sardinian master of reeds.



Synaulia, reconstruction of ancient roman dance
Tivoli, Villa Adriana, scientific archaeological documentary CNN "Carvillius, the Mummy of Rome" SYNAULIA - "At the borders of the empire" - October 2002


Synaulia, Sonorous and theatrical pictures devoted to the Etruscans, Vulci (VT)
Sonorous and theatrical pictures devoted to the Etruscans.
Naturalistic Archaeological park of Vulci(VT),
Spectacle "There was once in Maremma " - June 2003



etruscan mask
Volterra (PI)
Etruscan Visions,
"The spirit of the spring" - autumn 2002

 

 
Angel Turner with sistrum
Angel Turner Etruscan mask
Summer season 2005 - 2006 - Angél Turner with SYNAULIA and Il Centro del Suono
Actress, model, percussions, recitation - Oregon, United States
etruscan - roman dance with crotala (castanets)
reconstruction of ancient etruscan - roman dances with castanets (crotala)
Etruscan Dance at the TV
Summer 2006 - Etruscan Forest of Barbarano - Nathalie van Ravestein and Luce Maioli perform some Etruscan dances employing the crotala.
Dances with the poses and the movements reconstructed according to the ancient representations.
For a documentary RAI TV, directed by Ebe Giovannini.
Synaulia, sketch for the reconstruction of the Etruscan Lyra Luce Maioli recites in etruscan language and play the lyra
lyra, Vulci----------
----------lyra Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii
Reconstructed the etruscan-roman lyra
from Volsini to Pompeii

Etruscan Lyra reconstructed in base to the graphic design executed by the musical paleographer and musicologist Bruno Del Papa.
Coordination reconstruction: Walter Maioli - Structure in wood realized by Riccardo Wilczek.
Assemblage skin: Sergio Chiusura. Strings in gut calculated by Mimmo Peruffo, Aquila Corde Harmoniche
Assembled by Walter Maioli and the Soundcenter
The lyra and the cithara play live for the film Nativity
The lyra and the cithara play live for the film "Nativity"
2006 June - Luce and Nathalie play the lyra and the cithara during the banquet of King Erodes and the 3 Kings,
on the set in Morocco for the film "Nativity" directed by Catherine Hardwicke and produced by "New Line Cinema's".

The actress Kerry Condon plays the cither of Synaulia on the set of movie Rome musicians in Rome hbo show - bbc
ROME II
Continuous also in 2006 the collaboration to the second television series ROME of the HBO-BBC.
Researches, coordination iconographic reconstructions, artists, movements and training edited by
Walter Maioli, Luce Maioli and Nathalie van Ravenstein - musical Instruments reconstructed of the collection of The Soundcenter
- The music in the serial is not from Walter Maioli and SYNAULIA
In the photo: The actress Kerry Condon, that interprets the part of Ottavia, while playing the cithara
reconstructed with the direction of Walter Maioli and The Soundcenter. Nathalie van Ravenstein and Luce Maioli
has taught to the actress to play truly the instrument according to the ancient techniques much documented
from the texts and from the iconography of the etruscan-roman antiquity.
Gandini Selene in Rome movie
Selene Gandini, after having brightly worked together with SYNAULIA in the show of
Giorgio Albertazzi "Mami, Pappi and Sirens in Great Greece" shooted and recorded in 2004 in the Great Theater in Pompeii
for RAI 2 "History of the Italian Theater" of Albertazzi and Fo; she now collaborates with the group during the performances, the documentaries and the films.



Walter Maioli plays an alabaster flute close to the urn of Volumni, Perugia 2006
The Etruscan flutes and the plagiauloses presented
at the first ARCHEOFESTIVAL

2006 - Walter Maioli near the urn of the Flutist at the Museum of the Ipogeo of the Volumni in Perugia,
on the occasion of the presentation to the press of the first Archeofestival, May 2006,
at Perugia and in the different places of Umbria. He plays a transverse flute in alabaster and the plagiaulos in reed,
hypothetical reconstructions in preview, calibrated according to the measures of the representation on the urn,
considered by the researchers of instruments of the antiquity as the first representation in the world of a transverse wind instrument.



Synaulia in Panorama ROM CCCXII with Markus Junkelmann, Leipzig
Synaulia in Panorama ROM CCCXII, Leipzig
SYNAULIA in the Panorama of ROM CCCXII at the Panometer in Leipzig - Germany
2005, 26 November - Marcus Junkelmann, an authority in the field of the experimental archaeology of Roman epoch and Walter Maioli
at the Gasometer-Panometer of Leipzig during the inauguration of the Panorama ROM CCCXII, a reconstruction in 360° of Ancien Rome,
of the artist - architect Yadegar Asisi. SYNAULIA has participated to the inauguration.
On wish of Asisi, Synaulia they appear in the Panorama, as you can see above to the left.

Il Centro del Suono, Soundcenter and SYNAULIA IN STABIAE 
Has begun the consultation of musical instruments, sounds and the training to the actors with roles of musicians and dancers, in the next film of Alejandro Amenábar..... "AGORA" shot in Malta. It talks about Hypatia, fascinating figure of Alexandria, neoplatonic philosopher, musicologist, doctor, scientist, mathematics, astronomist, mother of experimental science.

From  the 10th to 20th March 2008, Walter and Nathalie have been to Malta to take care the first scenes with musical instruments. 

AlejandroAlejandro Amenábar is a Spanish movie director of Chilean origins, multifaceted author , besides directing his films he writes the screen-play and the music of it.  Author of The Others (2001) with Nicole Kidman, his first film in English, that wins eight Goya prizes.

Alejandro Amenábar in visita al laboratorio Soundcenter - SYNAULIA IN STABIAE

February - 5th 2008 - Alejandro Amenábar visit the laboratory of Il Centro del Suono - SYNAULIA IN STABIAE  at the Campus RAS in Castellammare, for a collaboration in his next film.


Synaulia Hermitage link

 


 

SYNAULIA has received a warm press with hundreds of articles and television items and programs, broadcasted by CNN and the principal national TV stations in Italy, France, Germany, Japan

Extracts from the Italian Reviews
LA NAZIONE, IL TEMPO, LA REPUBBLICA, CORRIERE DELLA SERA, IL MESSAGGERO, AVVENIRE, IL MANIFESTO, IL MATTINO, IL CORRIERE LAZIALE, IL RESTO DEL CARLINO, AMADEUS, AMICA, NOI DONNE, MUSICALIA…
 
<<SYNAULIA>>: the archeo-music is born
LA NAZIONE, Chiara Bini, 10 agosto 1996

Discovered the sonorous suggestions of the Rome of 2000 years ago
IL TEMPO, Massimo Maffei12 ottobre 1996


Arrive the "ancient Roman" CD
LA REPUBBLICA, Pietro D'Ottavio, 13 0tt0bre, 1996


SUONO ERGO SUM
ILMANIFESTO, ultrasuoni, 20 giugno 1997


The veil of the History
AMADEUS, Massimo Rolando Zegna, 1997
The project SYNAULIA: musical archaeology
For the project Synaulia - Music in ancient Rome even the New York Times, the BBC in London and the Radio from Berlin have travelled. Synaulia is the first organic attempt to torch in disk the music of the ancient Romans. The C.D. is the first of a series of three has been published burdens produced by the Amiata Records in collaboration with the Museum of the Roman Civilization. Every recording is accompanied by a text with historical character. We talked about the project with Walter Maioli -creator of the project and founder of the research group <<Synaulia>> - and with Anna Maria Liberati, Director of the Museum of the Roman Civilization. <<The museum possesses a section devoted to the music and the reconstruction of a few musical instruments based on a series of findings>> Anna Maria Liberati tells us. <<The idea to reconstruct that which could have been the music in ancient Rome was born from a critical reconsideration of the literary sources and the recovered objects. This "theoretical" phase was followed by a "practical" one, effected by Walter Maioli that has taken care of and organized the reconstruction of determined instruments and the composition of the recorded compositions.
Investigator of the naturalistic prehistoric art and of the cultures of native people, expert in paleorganology (the discipline that studies the origins of the musical instruments) and in experimental archaeology, Walter Maioli experiments for more than twenty years the sounds of the past in archaeological circles: playing in the caverns, in the woods, next to the waterfalls, in natural theatres and in those built by the Greek and the Romans. Maioli has published the books The Origins of Sound and Music, for the Jaca Book and The Orchestra of the Nature, published by Mondadori. He develops, among other things, demonstrations of experimental archaeology: concerts/conferences of absolute historical interest and - we speak from direct experience - of unexpected involvement.



World music ante litteram
NOI DONNE, Ivana Zomparelli, Gennaio 1997
……A Music legated to the forest, to the woods, to the nature, devoted to Pan, Bacchus, Cibele, connected to the popular traditions, still distant from the music of the classical world where the string instruments prevail and to which the next two projected volumes will be dedicated. All together, we will perhaps discover a world music ante litteram, exposed as it has been, seen the vastness of the Empire, to manifold influences.

 
Synaulia at dolmen Bisceglieancient trumpet e cornumask and double flutes

 

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