Mara Cantoni

(born 1951 in Milan, Italy and resident there) composer. Her interdisciplinary education (she studied philosophy, music and dance) led her to associate different languages, to text relations, often changing her role along a path that has touched all kinds of music. Since the '60s she has taught guitar and, at same time, she has been performer, instrumentalist and popular music composer (Folk Group International in 1972-74; songs for Italian singer Milva, Ricordi albums 1977-86). Then she shifted her interest on music and dance theatre, working as director (Manon di Massenet, 1979; Tane,1982; Entr'acte, 2002) and as critical writer (Wagner-mito, racconto, musica, 1982; Norma-come nasce uno spettacolo, 1978; Gaber: non si può non ascoltarlo, 1978; L'ultimo monologo del signor G, 1982). In 1987 she founded an original kind of music theatre with Moni Ovadia, in which has poured her skills as a director, playwriter, set designer and choreographer (Dalla sabbia dal Tempo, 1987 - Dybbuk, 1995 - Ballata di fine millennio, 1996), also performing a song by Brecht-Weill (Grabschrift 1919, CD tratto dalla Ballata). She has collaborated in several projects with jazz musicians and has dedicated an original installation to the piano (Bianco Nero Piano Forte, Ravenna Festival 2009) together with the photographers Lelli&Masotti and the composer Luigi Ceccarelli.
Recordings: Elles sont venues pour dire, "Women's Song", CD published in 2012, of which she is composer, performer and producer.