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Musician & designer
Besides a great interest and experience in free improvisation, Valeria has a deep passion for Jewish and Eastern European musical traditions. Since 2006 she has been researching on Klezmer melodies, Yiddish songs and Hasidic singing repertoire, looking especially at the connection between music and culture. She has also been collaborating and cooperating with multicultural projects inspired or based on Middle-Eastern musical traditions.
She graduated in 2015 with the GLOMAS Master's degree in global music at the Royal Academy of Music of Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark, after completing the Italian classical music education with a Bachelor's degree in 2010 from the Music Conservatory of Adria, ”A. Buzzolla”. In 2003 Valeria has also earned a Bachelor in applied textile arts at the Institute of Arts of Venice, Italy, cooperating then for a decade with Fiorella Gallery. She is currently working on her own design projects inspired by Jewish mysticism combining hevruta methodology with a creative process.
Valeria has taken part in several collaborations in Scandinavia, Europe, and Israel. She is actively working within the educational area as well as the performative one, especially within multicultural and multidisciplinary settings.
She is currently living in Stockholm (Sweden) where, besides cooperating with Stockholm 's Jewish Community and the Swedish Klezmer Association, she is leading a Klezmer music course at Paideia Folkhögskola, holding lectures and workshops for Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, and attending an online Master's program in Theology and Religion (Jewish Studies) at Lund University.
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Valeria Conte: clarinet
Lotta-Maria Pitkänen: violin
Isabel Douglass: accordion
Hevruta BeMusika is an artistic performance which combines hevruta methodology with a musical creative process. The performance is the elaboration in music of a discussion over Jewish texts led by the musicians as part of the rehearsals time. Made up by three female professionals bringing their own expertise in the genres of Klezmer, Arabic-Jazz, and Gypsy-Roma music and bringing them together through improvisation and original compositions inspired by the discussion over the texts. The 3 musicians met in Denmark in 2014 during their GLOMAS Master's studies at the Royal Academy of Music of Århus.