image: detail of a spectrogram of a one octave D Arpeggio on the cello (2010).
The Historic Santa Fe Foundation
Community Event
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Marco Buongiorno Nardelli

On June 14th, 2024, SFI External Professor Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, along with Colin Stokes, will perform Traces of the Imaginary a concert for cello and electronics, featuring music by J.S. Bach, E. Howard, E.F. Greene, C. Stokes, M. Buongiorno Nardelli, and K. Saariaho.

Seating is extremely limited for this intimate, one-time only performance at the Edwin Brooks House (553 Canyon Road). Reserve your tickets here. 

Interwoven in the fabric of J.S. Bach Cello Suite n. 2 in D minor, this concert will present recent works for cello and electronics that span a variety of modalities and esthetics, from immersive explorations of forms to minimalistic ambiances, from lyric embraces to ethereal flights.


  • J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Suite n. 2 in D minor - Prelude
  • Emily Howard (b. 1979) Voluntary
  • J.S. Bach Allemande
  • Ethan Frederick Greene (1982 - 2015) SHORT LONG
  • J.S. Bach Courante
  • Colin Stokes (b. 1987) Our Little Ones’ Feet*
  • J. S. Bach Sarabande
  • Marco Buongiorno Nardelli (b. 1964) Come un Orizzonte*
  • J.S. Bach Menuets
  • Kaija Saariaho (1952 - 2023) Petals
  • J.S. Bach Gigue

*world premiere

Colin Stokes is a New York and Berlin based cellist, composer, electronic artist and educator performing and recording extensively in the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Current projects include the genre-defying Berlin-based Symphoniacs, contemporary classical ensemble Zohn Collective, and Bridge Arts Ensemble, a teaching-artist organization. Recent performances have found Colin Stokes sharing the stage with Chaka Khan in London and performing for nearly 1 million people at the New Year’s celebration at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

Marco Buongiorno Nardelli is a composer, installation artist and computational physicist who brings a platform for Art/Science integration rooted in his profound and extensive expertise in development of scientific and artistic software and his vision for sustainable community software development. He is Regents Professor at the University of North Texas, with academic appointments in both the Department of Physics and the Division of Composition Studies, a member of iARTA, the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts and CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute where he directs an initiative in “Music Complexity”. He is a pioneer in the application of complexity theories and big data tools to the structure of music as a generalized mathematical space, and he is internationally recognized for his music and new media installations.

This event is presented in partnership with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and CURRENTS New Media Festival



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