Marta Gentilucci’s work focuses on the musical implications that vocal and electronic music have on the creation of physical sonic spaces, on the musical elements that inhabit these spaces, and the listener's physical perception of them. She has been deeply influenced by the inner structure of sound, its way of resonating in space and oscillating within a timespan.
At Radcliffe, Gentilucci will work on the composition of a song cycle centered on the voice and electronic sounds, part of a large-scale project that will end in 2020. The song cycle’s starting point is the poetic work of Akka Mahadevi, an Indian female mystic. Gentilucci will collect various texts by Mahadevi in their original Kannada language alongside those of contemporary Western writers and then work on the musical composition.
Gentilucci completed a master’s in vocal arts as a soprano and a master’s in foreign literature (English and German) in Italy. She obtained her MA in composition and computer music at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, and she holds a PhD in composition from Harvard University. Gentilucci was selected for the two-year program in computer music at Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) and, in 2017, for IRCAM’s Artistic Research Residency Program with a project on the voice and extended vocal techniques. She was in residence at the electronic studios of the Akademie der Künste, in Berlin, and of the SWR Experimentalstudio, in Freiburg. Gentilucci’s music has been performed internationally at music festivals and venues.