The musical journey

Thursday 23 November, 2:30 pm

Ian Brennan and Marilena Umuhoza Delli in conversation with Shaul Bassi

In 2009, Ian Brennan and Marilena Umuhoza Delli began traveling the world in search of musical traditions that were underrepresented internationally, visiting numerous countries in Asia and Africa. This led, among other accolades, to the 2011 Grammy Award for the Tuareg band Tinariwen’s Tassili album, recorded live in the Algerian desert. In this conversation they will discuss past and current projects.

Ian Brennan
Ian Brennan is Grammy-winning producer (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) who has produced three other Grammy-nominated albums, every forty albums around the world in nations such as Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan, Suriname, Cambodia, and Romania, and published eight books while also teaching violence prevention around the world since 1993 for such prestigious organizations as New York’s New School, the University of London, UC Berkeley, and the National Accademia of Science (Rome).

Marilena Umuhoza Delli
Marilena Umuhoza Delli is an Italian Rwandan photographer, author, and filmmaker whose photographic work has been published around the world by the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, VICE, Libération, Corriere della Sera, Le Monde, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and the New York Times, among others. Ha scritto quattro libri sulla sua esperienza di donna afrodiscendente in Italia, conduce un programma radiofonico nazionale dedicato alle eccellenze afrodiscendenti su Radio Radicale e scrive per ‘Vanity Fair’.

Lettera di una madre afrodiscendente alla scuola italiana is her last publication.

Shaul Bassi
Shaul Bassi is Professor of English at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he directs the MA in Environmental Humanities. His publications include Shakespeare's Italy and Italy's Shakespeare (2016), Il cortile del mondo. Nuove storie dal Ghetto di Venezia (2021) Venice and the Anthropocene. An Ecocritical Guide (co-edited, 2022) and Turbo Road. Il Kenya, i suoi scrittori, un bambino (2022). He is the co-founder and former director of Venice literary festival Incroci di civiltà.