“What type of music can represent the contemporary world? Doubtless it would be modern music, the type of music that has its roots in the reality of daily life, that reports on social upheavals and the fact that the majority of the public couldn’t care less about music. At the same time there would have to be – as is true of any truth – something sensational about it and to this aim it would suffice for it not to be false, as is the type of music that is going around the cultural world at the moment and that imposes false feelings and relationships on the public, as well as constituting a perpetual obstacle between Man and his time.”
Fred K. Prieberg, 1960, Musica Ex Machina, Berlin, Einaudi
Setola di Maiale is a radical label of independent musicians, improvisers and composers. It was set up in January 1993 by musicians Stefano Giust and, in the early, Paolo De Piaggi, with the intent to highlight creative music. Setola di Maiale is founded on the direct participation and on the peculiar creativity of all musicians involved in its music productions. From this way of working, many forms of collaborations were born along with meetings, friendships, festivals, the performances at the 48th Venice Biennale or at Radio Resonance of the London Musicians’ Collective. The catalogue, initially printed on paper, documents both the music and the experiences of this years of work. It offers official works of soloists and groups, in the fields of so-called avant-garde, such as free improvisation, free jazz, electroacoustic, modern composition, acousmatic, electronic music. Contemporary music in its wider form of expression. The productions – very careful high quality cdr’s, just to say that cdr’s can be professionally well done, and the music can be great – has been released according with the artists own will in a very free manner. I take care personally of every graphic design project, being myself a graphic designer with professional experience in the past. Setola di Maiale is neither a commercial label nor an association: is rather a laboratory/archives that operates within a free and creative environment. The polemical Prieberg’s words, the exergue above, has always been used since the very beginning of the label. Note that nothing is changed in more than 50 years. DIY attitude is inevitably the only way for certain type of music to exist, in a market that either is clearly not there, or is stereotyped. Setola di Maiale could be thought as a pure commercial utopia.
Through the years, Setola di Maiale has released my work as well as the work of several international acclaimed musicians and many brilliant artists not so well known. Up to now I’ve produced more than 330 titles involving about 600 musicians, among others (in alphabetical order): Benat Achiary, Carlo Actis Dato, Lotte Anker, Mick Beck, Burkhard Beins, Silvia Bolognesi, Alberto Braida, Peter Brötzmann, MaryClare Brzytwa, Cristiano Calcagnile, Kent Carter, Eugenio Colombo, Marco Colonna, Paed Conca, Philip Corner, Paulo Chagas, Michel F. Côté, Vittorino Curci, Francesco Cusa, Roberto Dani, Massimo De Mattia, Tobias Delius, Jean Derome, Tom Djll, Francesco Dillon, Marco Eneidi, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Massimo Falascone, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief, Brian Grimm, Vinny Golia, Nicola Guazzaloca, Francesco Guerri, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Heenan, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tristan Honsinger, Ken Hyder, Matt Ingalls, Xabier Iriondo, Zlatko Kaučič, Kim Ngoc, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre, Pablo Ledesma, Gianni Lenoci, Lino Liguori, Marcello Magliocchi, Giovanni Maier, Edoardo Marraffa, Bob Marsh, Sabir Mateen, Gianni Mimmo, Luca Miti, Yoko Miura, Filippo Monico, Ninni Morgia, Manuel Mota, Martin Mayes, Guido Mazzon, Thollem McDonas, Lisa Mezzacappa, Kanoko Nishi, Tim Perkis, Jeff Platz, Maresuke Okamoto, Patrizia Oliva, Stefan Östersjö, Roy Paci, Giorgio Pacorig, Steve Potts, Wolfgang Reisinger, Edoardo Ricci, Gino Robair, Daniele Roccato, Claudio Rocchetti, Enzo Rocco, Marco Rogliano, Olaf Rupp, Mirko Sabatini, Eugenio Sanna, Giancarlo Schiaffini, John Shiurba, Massimo Simonini, Blaise Siwula, Harri Sjöström, Pham Thi Hue, Clayton Thomas, Sabu Toyozumi, Ken Ueno, Vincenzo Vasi and Carlos Zingaro.
If you like these type of choices, probably you know how difficult is to survive making non commercial music, expecially without institutional funding. You can support Setola di Maiale, just buy one or more albums through the website. Anyway, thank you for having thought on this.
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1993-2013: the 20th anniversary in Eindhoven
Setola di Maiale has celebrated its twentieth anniversary as part of Axes Beuk Festival at TAC (Temporary Art Center) in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on 15th June 2013. There was an exhibition – open from 15th June to 16th July – with all the records produced over the years and concerts of improvised and experimental music. All of this was possible thanks to the interest and production of Rik Van Iersel, Buro-Beukorkest and Axes Jazzpower.
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