I am a Marie Curie researcher for a Social Sciences and Humanities project funded by the Marie Curie Actions programme of the European Commission (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF): International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development. This funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research. I am working at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (Scientific in charge Prof. Clemente Marconi) and at the Department of Cultural Heritage (Scientific in charge Prof. Donatella Restani), which are world-renowned in the field of the cultural heritage and conservation research.
My education and my academic and research background illustrate my interest in a wide range of topics in the field of music, musical performances, and musicological studies. Since the beginning of my education, I have constantly combined my musical background with archaeological and historical-religious studies, and I have been involved in archaeological research of musical interest, participating in several activities as a specialist of ancient music. I initiated the musicological study of art historical and archaeological evidence that had never before been analysed from a musical perspective, in order to gain new information about the role and function of music in the Ancient Greek world. I have carried out my research in Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United States. Thanks to a grant from the Marco Polo Program for researchers at the UNIBO, I carried out research at the Archäologisches Institut in Zürich, under the direction of Prof. Hans Peter Isler and with the supervision of Prof. Walter Burkert who has oriented my study towards the ritual aspects of music and an interdisciplinary perspective. For this work, I received the award “Giuseppe Nenci” from The Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, assigned for the originality and interdisciplinary approach of my research (Members Committee: Prof. Salvatore Settis and Prof. Carmine Ampolo). The results of those studies have been published in a monograph in the prestigious series Biblioteca di «Sicilia Antiqua», under the direction of Prof. Ernesto De Miro.
I have integrated my work with a research project carried out in France, and concerning the study of the pinakes from the Persephoneion of Locri Epizephyrii (6th–5th c. BCE). This project, directed by Prof. Claude Calame and granted by the Marco Polo Program for researchers at the University of Bologna, was aimed to investigate in a comprehensive and systematic study the musical culture of Locri Epizephyrii.
Thanks to this background, I have developed significant experience in Archaeomusicological studies, and I am one of only a few researchers having a strong expertise in the music of the Western Greeks. I have been directly involved in multimedial projects and in the use of digitization, restoration, and visualization of terracotta figurines and musical instruments.
My five research topics are:
•Music of Western Greeks
•Terracottas and Pottery with Musical Representations from Sicily and Magna Grecia
•Musics, Cults, and Rites in the Ancient world
•Methodology in Ancient and Medieval Musical Instruments and Sound Objects studies
•Musical Iconography in the Painting Wooden Celings in the Middle Ages.
Apart from a number of articles and contributions in journals and edited volumes, I am author of the volumes Coroplastica con raffigurazioni musicali nella Sicilia greca (VI–III sec. a.C.), Pisa-Roma 2009; Scene musicali della ceramica attica in Sicilia , Roma 2010; Strumenti musicali e oggetti sonori nell’Italia meridionale e in Sicilia (VI–III sec. a.C.). Funzioni rituali e contesti, Lucca 2012; Il canto delle vergini locresi: la musica a Locri Epizefirii nelle fonti scritte e nella documentazione archeologica (secoli VI–III a. C.) Pisa-Roma 2012. I also edited Musica, culti e riti nell’Occidente greco Pisa-Roma 2014.