MILLENIA OF HISTORY IN BOVINO (APULIA), ONE OF “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN ITALY”

 

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Bovino is an enchanting village of the Daunia Mountains, officially elected as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.  Founded by the Dauni population in 323 B.C., it was destroyed during the Samnite wars started in 343 BC and rebuilt by the Romans under the name of Vibinum. Its historical past is rich of battles and conquers: Byzantines, Lombards, Saracens and finally the Normans occupied the town, until the 13th century, when Bovino found a period of peace under the kingdom of Frederick II.

Bovino played an important role in the commercial connection between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Traces of its past are still visible in the old town. The historical center of Bovino has a particular urban layout with narrow streets paved with cobblestones, arches, ruins of the Roman baths and aqueducts and several ancient buildings made with stone and tiled roofs. The old town also offers a number of about 800 refined stone portals, evidence of the role played by the city over the centuries.

Among the seven churches located in the village, the most important is the Cathedral Basilica, dedicated to St Mary of the Assumption, whose facade, realized in 1231 by the sculptor Zano from Gaul, gives an example of the primitive Gothic style that inaugurated the season of the Romanesque in Puglia. Its facate is asymmetric and the rose window shows a blown glass painting of Jesus Christ.

Another historical attraction of Bovino is the Castello Ducale, a refined castle built in 1045 by the earl Drogone “The Norman” from the ruins of an ancient Roman fortification. The castle was enlarged by Frederick II, to become the residence of the Spanish Dukes of Guevara in the 17th century. The Castello Ducale inhabited by the Guevaras’ descendants until 1961, was considered one of the most beautiful patrician houses of that century in the South of Italy. Torquato Tasso, Giovan Battista Marino, Maria Theresa of Austria and Pope Benedict XIII were some of the renowned personalities that found hospitality in the castle. In the chapel of the castle is conserved a silver reliquary containing a thorn from the crown worn by Jesus, probably donated by Pope Gregory XIII and Pope Innocent VIII.

Other historical treasures worth to be mentioned are the Church of Carmine built by the Jesuits in the 17th century, the neoclassical S. Maria delle Grazie, the old Church of St. Peter built in 1099 and example of Romanesque architecture with Byzantine elements, in which is preserved the painting “The Martyrdom of St. Peter” from the school of Caravaggio, the Church of Annunziata with its beautiful bell tower made of Trani’s stone and the Church of the Rosary built in 1205.

The Civic Museum is located in the “Pisani Palace” in Piazza Marino Boffa. It offers archeological findings from prehistoric, pre-Roman, Roman and medieval eras. Close to the Museum, we find the so called, Cantine Cerrato (Cerrato Cellars), one of the most important archaeological monuments of the urban fabric of Bovino’s underground. The Diocesan Museum has been  established in 1999 by the will of Archbishop Giuseppe Casale, to promote the artistic heritage of the Diocese of Bovino, dating back to the X century and active until 1979. Among the relics preserved, a miraculous thorn from Jesus‘ crown. We also recommend a visit to the Diocesan Library, located beside the Basilica Cathedral in Piazza Duomo.

The area also offers extensive natural itineraries and trails such as the forest of Salecchia, where it is easy to spot hawks and wild boar, the wood of Fenna and green area that host the holy sanctuary of “Valleverde”, blessed by Pope Juan Paul II in 1987.

 

“SOON”:THE NEW VIDEO WITH J.BARTON. MUSIC, COLORS, BEES (AND POLES…)

This is a new collaboration with jazz singer and composer Jeanie Barton. Her  wonderful voice  goes with my abstract photos from “Lacer/actions” project and research. Pictures and great vocals. The macro-photos of cracks and scratches on poles were taken in Beeston-Nottingham on March 2017.

The videoclip is part of “The Ghost Bus Roads” project promoted by Bartons Plc, Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions and ACT Group.
Jeanie Barton sings: “Stay a while /Hold me/ If you look / More closely/Flowers bloom/To give bees perfume/ Open soon” (Lyrics by J. Barton).

Jeanie Barton lives in Nottingham (please, read some few lines of her biography I reported below).  She was impressed by this idea and let me free to create… I’m so proud about this clip which mixes and matches again Jeanie’s wonderful voice and music with my visual works; they aren’t paintings or digitally made compositions, but macro pics of cracks and corrosions on poles I took along Beeston streets.

Infos about the videoclip: “Soon” :  Composition, vocals, keys and synths by Jeanie Barton; Acoustic fretless, bass, production by Simon Paterson – Angels of Architecture;  Art, photography and video by Roberto Alborghetti.

Jeanie Barton and Roberto Alborghetti talkin’ with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, dr.Mohammed Saghir.

 

JEANIE. GREAT VOICE AND GREAT REVIEWS

“Jeanie’s vocals are a touch of class with a sound that is both stylish and personal and characterized by a refreshingly English delivery…” John O’Neill, former jazz critic of The Sunday Times

“Jeanie is a joyous performer with an effortless style…” Neil Bennison, Music Programme Manager, Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

“Jeanie’s infectious smile, great diction and rapport with her audience make it a joy and a real pleasure to listen her” Chris Moore, BBC Radio ‘Jazz Incorporated’

“Absolutely spot-on” LondonJazz News

“The hot chick had mellow tones….” Richard Roundtree (Shaft)

 

ABOUT JEANIE BARTON

Jeanie Barton is a jazz singer and songwriter from Nottingham in England.   After training with the National Youth Music Theatre she studied jazz harmony at Morley College in London and improvisation with BBC Jazz award winner Anita Wardell, she also cut her teeth as singer and compere for bebop pioneer Laurie Morgan and his trio (fronting their famous North London weekly gig, Downstairs at The King’s Head in Crouch End for over a decade).

Jeanie has gone on to support Georgie Fame, sing backing vocals for Luddy Samms (The Drifters) and recently performed for Samuel L Jackson as well as other A list celebrities, singing Bond songs in front of British Icons like Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan.  Credits include performances at The Jazz Cafe, The 606 club, Ronnie Scott’s and The National Theatre, as well as a cruise on the Seine in Paris.

www.jeaniebarton.com

http://jazzandcocktails.co.uk/

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© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

ABOUT MY LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT

“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens (during my research around the world  I  collected so far about 100.000 images). Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition.

One of my shows was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy). In the last years I worked on these projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy), “The Volcano Dress” (with fashion designer Yarden Mitrani). My works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy).

My “The Ghost Bus” project was carried out with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015) with a great short films premiere in Chilwell and Nottingham. My last solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2015”) was on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, in the special and spectacular location: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art.

 

www.robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

I already posted an article about this images series: https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-nottingham-you-didnt-expect-modern-art-under-the-sky-and-along-the-streets-2/

ARE WE ON A CARIBBEAN ISLAND? NO, IT’S PIAZZA DEL DUOMO IN MILAN WITH PALM AND BANANAS TREES…

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Palm and bananas trees had been planted in the winter and had raised controversy and debates. Now, in the summer, they are growing lush and green. No, we are not on a Caribbean island but in the beautiful and evocative Piazza del Duomo in Milan. Yes, a commercial company, to advertise its brand, chose to plant trees that are not part of western tradition. We could debate this choice for a long time. Meanwhile, here is Milan, with the green of a Caribbean island …This is the power of advertising …

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Palme e banani erano stati piantati in inverno ed avevano sollevato polemiche e dibattiti. Ora, in piena estate, stanno crescendo rigogliose e verdi. No, non siamo su di una isola caraibica, ma nella bella e suggestiva Piazza del Duomo a Milano. Yes, una società commerciale, per fare pubblicità al suo marchio, ha scelto di piantumare alberi che non fanno parte della tradizione occidentale. Potremmmo dibattere a lungo questa scelta. Intanto, ecco Milano, con il verde di un’isola dei Caraibi…

“SOON”: A NEW VIDEO IS COMING…SOON!

SIGNS, SCRATCHES AND GRAFFITI FROM THE WALLS IN ROME #4

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions 2017

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions 2017

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions 2017

Photogallery # 4 about signs, scratches and graffiti from the walls in Rome. They’re not paintings, or digitally made compositions. They’re abstract and macro photos I usually take while I’m walking along the streets: I collected so far more than 100.000 images.

“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decomposition.

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions 2017

 

SIGNS, SCRATCHES AND GRAFFITI FROM THE WALLS IN ROME #3

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

Photogallery # 3 about signs, scratches and graffiti from the walls in Rome. They’re not paintings, or digitally made compositions. They’re abstract and macro photos I usually take while I’m walking along the streets: I  collected so far more than 100.000 images. I’m always amazed how the reality goes beyond every imagination…
“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decomposition.

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

SIGNS,SCRATCHES AND GRAFFITI FROM THE WALLS IN ROME #2

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

Some more signs, scratches and graffiti from the walls in Rome…  As I usually like to say, they’re not paintings, or digitally made compositions. They’re abstract and macro photos I usually take while I’m walking along the streets: I  collected so far more than 100.000 images. I’m always amazed how the reality goes beyond every imagination…
“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decomposition.

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

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