words, music, voice
musical arrangement and instrumental ensemble direction
musicians of the Orchestra
delle donne del 41° parallelo
Agnese Valle, clarinet
Marta Lanciano, clarinet
Lucia Ianniello, trumpet
Alice Noris, trombone
Laura D’Ippolito, piano
Cristina Patrizi, acoustic bass
recorded in Rome
at Teatro dell’Ascolto,
and mixed at Houseboat Studio
by Alfonso Anagni
"pluriel féminin" composed and mixed by Mara
masterised with the kind advise
of Luigi Ceccarelli
graphic and layout
Bice Lazzari, Racconto n.2 (1955)
with the kind permission
of the Archivio Bice Lazzari, Rome
artistic and executive production
||A song, a journey, a project
When I wrote this song, some years ago,
I had no intention other than to dedicate it to "women",
a human subset of which I am a member.
When I began my journey
in and around the Mediterranean,
I could not have imagined that so many voices
would claim this song as theirs,
to sing as if it were a well-known refrain.
When it comes to a confrontation, men take up arms
and turn their distracted backs on their partners,
embracing an illusion of victory.
When it comes to a confrontation, women in pain and in dismay
have chosen what seems to be defeat,
turning their backs on weapons but embracing life.
This is certainly not an absolute law,
but it is something more than just coincidental experience.
It can be seen and felt in the depths
of exchanges of words or looks.
It bridges seas and oceans, it spans the Millennium,
it is a metaphor and it is real.
Are we still here? We are.
This is not a matter of feminism,
or of good and evil lining up against one another.
It is, and always will be, free deliberation,
sketching a horizon to aim for.
the "female plural" version
was translated, read, sung by...
Lee Colbert (tr. and voice)
Allison Robertson (tr.)
Mara Cantoni (tr. and voice)
Begoña Patiño Díe (tr. and
Luisa Aboaf (tr.)
Antónia Destino (tr. and voice)
Ivana Kerečki (tr. and voice)
Eda Agaj Zhiti (tr. and voice)
Stavroula Cherouvim (tr.)
Paola Cofano (tr. and voice)
P¦nar Dönmez (tr. and voice)
Nella Magen Cassouto (tr.)
Bianca Moreno (tr. and voice)
Sara Gismondi (voice)
Najwa Tarazi (tr.)
To stay in the world of song...
would like to thank the Archivio Bice Lazzari in Rome for
allowing the reproduction of Racconto N° 2 on the cover
of the cd. A musician before she became a painter, Bice Lazzari
(1900-1981) obstinately and discreetly followed her own search for
light and harmony, of expressive rigour and freedom with which this
project immediately resonated.
Another woman from my past was imperiously present as this cd was
seeing the light: Liliana Renzi (1928-2012), my teacher and much
more, musician non-pareille, whose unforeseen end was as surprising
as her life.
To these two artists and to all the women who, with their energy
and unshakable confidence have shown us the way, this song is dedicated.