Born and raised in Italy, Giorgio Magnanensi currently lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and he is lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College.
From the early 80's to date I have been working as a composer, conductor, teacher, and performer on contemporary and experimental music in Europe, Japan and Canada. My views have developed gradually to my current belief that in today's world of music research the most vital stimuli travel through many different channels. This has led me to work with people both with and without formal training and to test through electronics, sampling and free creative improvisation the possibilities of a varied approach to composition, performance and music teaching. With my work I want to emphasize the value of difference, communication and active participation in the creative process as a path towards a deeper availability to the encounter. The process is a living one that leads towards the foundation of a meaningful social function of the musician composer in contemporary society while fostering a deeper democracy of knowledge. This process shows that art is a potentiality in a continuous becoming and that it takes form through the individual identity of each person existing as a manifestation of our multiplicity, we, existing as personæ from the Latin word per sonum: that through which sound can resonate according to our ability to regain the qualities of curiosity, interest and commitment, and experience them in communication, mutual exchange and caring.