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Saturnalia Festival 2019, Milan, Italy,  



Photo: La Diva



June 20th-23th 2019, the network Polyphones offered three concerts at Saturnalia Festival, Macao cultural center, in Milan Italy. The three solo concerts were performed by Emma SOUHARCE, Gaël SEGALEN and Sabina COVARRUBIAS. Created in December 2015 by Gaël Segalen and Christine Webster, Polyphones is a collective of female experimental music composers working in a network. This collective organizes workshops, concerts, produced a radio show, cofounded OWO, the Open Women Orchestra and keeps a daily watch on the network.

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Work done during Saturnalia 2019

During Saturnalia 2019 Polyphones participated with 3 activities: three concerts, a talk, and a radio-tv live performance. 

1.The concerts

Polyphones offered three solo live-performances, performed by Sabina Covarrubias, Emma Souharce and Gaël Segalen

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Concert's Line up

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 June the 23th 10 am, after-hours live performance by Sabina Covarrubias. She performed "Viaje"  on a modular synthesizer and vocoder-voices. Learn more more info about this artist here. 

Photos: Gaël Segalen

June the 21th - Night show live performance by Emma Souharce. She performed on micro-machines, no-input mixtable, sampler, computer and MIDI controllers. Learn more more info about this artist here. 

Photos: Sabina Covarrubias

June the 21th  Night show at Temple room, live performance by Gaël Segalen. She performed with her own soundlibrary, on computer and MIDI controllers using her spatialization system to transform her sounds as her marque de fabrique.  Learn more more info about this artist here. 

Photos: Sabina Covarrubias

2. The talk




Still on DAY #3 - Saturday 22 June, Polyphones hosted a panel on a conversational mode to present their work in building up a network of women involved in experimental and electronic music, narrated through the artists’ direct experience. Freedom and inclusive opportunites in music.

Polyphones gave a talk to address the importance of the problem of unequal opportunities between men and women in the field of experimental electronic music.  It also addressed the issue of strategies and tools that provide opportunities for women in the field. Among some of the strategies mentioned, emphasis was placed on the solidarity that exists between women's collectives in order to achieve a balance of opportunities between men and women; the dissemination of knowledge among women's groups,  and the construction of databases that allow women's work to be made visible. The importance of society's awareness of inequality was also underlined.  People in audience shared their own experiences.