Magaletti, Valentine International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Percussionist and composer. She plays various percussion instruments from the marimba through contact microphones to found objects, feeling equally at home in mainstream and alternative music. 

She has performed with artists such as Jandek, Pat Thomas, Deb Googe, Malcolm Mooney, Thurston Moore, Steve Beresford, Steve Shelley, Lafawndah, Mica Levi, Sampha, Kamasi Washington, and Nicolas Jaar, the gamelan ensemble Nist-Nah, Malcom Catto, Julian Sartorius and Charles Hayward, as well as stalwarts of the experimental underground scene: Marlene Ribeiro of Gnod band, Wire’s Graham Lewis and Coil’s Thighpaulsandra. In 2017, she participated in The Can Project at London’s Barbican Centre, standing in for the late Jaki Liebezeit. As a composer she has worked with Pino Montecalvo and (under the Avvitagalli alias) improvised intricate sonic collages. As CZN, she has also co-created artistic projects with João Pais Filipe. With Cathy Lucas and Susumu Mukai aka Zongamin, Valentina is a member of Vanishing Twin trio. A passion for exploring music’s uncharted territories led to the Moin project, which resulted in a release with Raime duo in 2021. 

As a soloist, Valentina gained recognition with her project Batterie fragile, which sees the percussionist play a ceramic drum kit conceived by Yves Chaudouët, summoning unusual sonic characteristics from the fragile porcelain. A Queer Anthology of Drums reflects on her queer identity and the realities of lockdown life. Upcoming projects include an album with Marta Salogni, due in 2023 on Permanent Draft (the new female-only editorial and label that Magaletti is starting with her partner). 

Magaletti has performed at festivals, clubs, galleries and concert halls such as LAXART (Los Angeles), Wattis Institute (San Francisco), UnSound Festival (Toronto, Cracow, New York), Wysing Art Centre (Cambridge), Atonal Festival (Berlin), Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville), Festival de la Cité (Lausanne), Incubate (Tilburg), Nuits Sonores (Lyon), Hyperreality (Vienna), Tauron Nowa Muzyka (Katowice), Bozar (Brussels), Eco Festival (Madrid), Loop Festival (Los Angeles), PHONO Festival (Odense), Tremor (The Azores), Jazz is Dead! (Turin), Le Guess who? (Utrecht), Rewire (The Hague), Sónar (Reykjavik), Time Zones (Bari), Tempo Reale (Florence), Supersonic (Birmingham), and many others. 

Among her most important projects, Valentina also counts her improvised and repertoire presentations at Café OTO (London), commissioned work for Zabludowicz collection (London), concerts at London’s Barbican and Southbank Centres, in Porto (Sonoscopia) and Venice (V-A-C at the Palazzo delle Zattere). She resides in London.