“When the silence in the streets may seem deafening, music continues to dictate trends and shape the cultural, social and political fabric of the cities it inhabits and of the people gravitating in this ever-changing world.”
This condition of continuous change provides the basis for the Music & The Cities podcast, putting music at the heart of each story. Raffaele Costantino, radio host, popularizer and music producer, takes us on a journey from north to south, through musical pieces from Italy’s main cities: Rome, Milan, Turin, Bologna – UNESCO Creative City for Music , Naples, Lecce and Palermo.
The Music & The Cities series narrates the musical history of Italian cities, highlighting their relationship with contemporary creative ferment, identifying future trends. From lounges to nightclubs, from city centres to the suburbs, from day to night: leading players from the different scenarios use field recordings to tell their stories and describe the sound of the city and the voices of the streets that populate them.
A choral portrait highlighting the unique features of some of Italy’s major cities through the voice of 40 artists, all outlining an incredibly different profile that represents the country’s cultural richness. Meg, Max Casacci (Subsonica), Piotta, Godblesscomputers, Alioscia Bisceglia (Casino Royale), Popoulous and Gianni Gebbia are the seven guests who will be guiding listeners through their own personal experiences, helping them discover the cities that have watched them grow as artists, going on to make a name for themselves on the various musical scenes. The episodes are completed by literary recommendations from a number of experts such as Marta Barone, Pierpaolo De Giorgi, Davide Enia, Daniele Rielli, Igiaba Scego, Djarah Kan and Michele Dalai.
The podcast series is recorded in the heart of Rome, in Trastevere, at Studio 33, a musical supernova and favourite destination among sound enthusiasts from all over the world.
All the episodes are available in Italian, in the extended version curated by Raffaele Costantino and Matteo Strada, and in English, curated by and featuring the voice of the journalist Megan Iacobini de Fazio.
The series is available on the Spreaker channel of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on: