Canta Che Non Passa - 2018

by Davide Tidoni

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La Trivella 03:23
Valsusa 01:42


The work documents part of the repertoire of the informal choir “Canta Che Non Passa”. The choir is a spontaneous group of middle age/old people that constituted a part of the NO TAV* movement in Valsusa, northern Italy. The choir’s repertoire consists mainly of protest songs adapted from preexisting musical sources, with lyrics that have been created from scratch.

I recorded the choir during one of their rehearsals. Rather position the microphone at a certain distance from the group to capture the multiplicity of voices, I chose to focus on individual voices of those members that sat beside me. This strategy was designed to stress the fallible and imperfect nature of the chorale and place emphasis on: 1) the singular/plural dimension of collective singing; 2) the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of non-professional voices.

* As clearly stated by the name of the choir - "canta che non passa” means “sing, so it won’t pass" or better "our singing will stop it” - the NO TAV movement opposes the creation of the new high speed railway line between Turin and Lyon. More info: and


released December 11, 2018




Davide Tidoni

Davide Tidoni is an artist and researcher working with sound and listening.
With a particular focus on direct experience, observation, and action, he creates live works of different formats that include performance, intervention, walk, and workshop.
Bound to the performativity of the recording act, he realises videos and sound recordings which function as pieces and/or as documentation material.
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