Komos is a social promotion association that fights for equality through a universal vehicle such as music. Founded in 2008, it was the first entirely male LGBT choir in Italy. He has numerous concerts to his credit, both in Italy and abroad (Munich, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam) and in 2016 he participated in the well-known television program Tu si que vales. Komos is the organizer of the next edition of “Various Voices”, the music festival of European LGBT choirs, which will make a stop in Bologna in June 2022. Since 2017 he has collaborated with the Department of Equal Opportunities of the Municipality of Bologna to offer the city its contribution in the fight against discrimination.
Curriculum vitae of the choir
Komos is the first gay male choir in Italy, founded in 2008 by Paolo V. Montanari, established as an association in July 2012. Open to all, non-partisan and non-denominational, Komos aims to provide musical representation of the LGBTQ community and spread the knowledge of Western cultured music, breaking down the stereotypes surrounding these two realities. The choir’s constantly evolving repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to Romanticism, from opera to the twentieth century to contemporaneity, including rediscoveries (motets by Banchieri), first Italian performances (Love Alone by Ned Rorem) and world premieres (Romeu and eu, written for Komos by Antonio Giacometti, Divo or Mortale, winning piece of the first edition of the International Choral Composition Competition, written by Mattia Culmone), as well as pop songs in original arrangements (from Gigliola Cinquetti to Mia Martini, from ABBA to Queen and much more more …) In its history the choir has collaborated with excellent names of bel canto such as Jessica Pratt, Tiziana Tramonti, Scilla Cristiano, Flavio Ferri Benedetti, Giorgio Caoduro, Alfonso Antoniozzi, and with public figures such as Drusilla Foer, Fabio Canino and Alessandra Spisni . Komos was born in Modena in September 2008 but moved to Bologna a few weeks later, finding hospitality first at the Arcigay “Cassero” club, then in the parish of San Bartolomeo della Beverara, and finally from autumn 2009 in the Evangelical Methodist Church of Bologna. . In 2011, Komos joined Legato, the association that brings together all the European LGBTQ choirs, and in the same year he made his first performance abroad, in Munich. But it is in 2014 that the first major international event arrives: the Various Voices Festival in Dublin, which sees Komos (along with 80 other choirs from all over the world) as the only Italian LGBTQ choir, the first in the thirty-year history of the event. On the emotional wave of this huge event, the dream of contacting other Italian LGBTQ choirs was born to create something similar together. Thus was born Cromatica Festival, which on 30 May 2015 saw its first edition at the Testoni Theater in Bologna, organized by Komos. To support and continue the musical mission of the choir, two initiatives that up to now Komos carries on with pride. In 2013 the International Choral Composition Competition was born, now in its third edition in 2016, created to give a choral musical heritage to LGBTQ culture: the pieces in competition must have texts of clear homosexual inspiration and be written for a cappella male choir or with accompaniment of solo piano. The winning piece is premiered by Komos and published by AltrEdizioni di Cerveteri. In 2011, the musical review Komos & Co. (Music among friends) was created which offers stimulating, varied and unconventional programming from the Renaissance to the present day, with many modern premieres and absolute premieres, and seeks a new form of interaction between musicians and audience, less formal and more engaging. In the awareness of the communicative fracture that was created during the twentieth century between an increasingly rigid and ritualized cultural life and an increasingly lacking musical education of the public, Komos & Co. wants to present itself as a small innovation laboratory where you can rediscover meaning to make / listen to music. Between 2015 and 2016 Komos acquires even more visibility, on an international level with the trips to Paris (June 2015, guests of the Podium Paris choir) and to Amsterdam (August 2016, guests of the Manoeuvre choir, organizers of the AmaSing European Choir Festival in occasion of the Europride), and nationally by participating in the TV program of Canale 5 Tu Si Que Vales. 2017 is a very important year for relations with institutions: Komos signs the “General Collaboration Pact for the promotion and protection of the rights of LGBTQI people and the community in the city of Bologna” (http: //www.comune .bologna.it / news / pact-of-collaboration-for-the-promotion-of-the-rights-of-people in-lgbtqi) together with 13 other citizen associations. This event is the preamble for the beginning of the drafting of an ambitious project that Komos is promoting with the Municipality of Bologna, the agency for the promotion of the Bologna Welcome area and the Cassero LGBT Center: to host the Various Voices Festival in Bologna in 2023. 2018 is the tenth year of the foundation of the choir and Komos changes its structure and statute to become a Social Promotion Association registered in the regional register of Emilia Romagna. Another important event is the birth of Cromatica, the association of Italian Rainbow Choirs, which since 2015 has been strongly supported by Komos, who has been a founding choir since 24 March. On 11 April we debut with an openly anti-fascist show at Teatri di Vita in Bologna: MY FREE SONG is a narrative concert that tells the stories of the homosexual confined in Catania at the time of fascism. In May, the choir participates in the 14th edition of Various Voices, where it officially receives the honor (and the burden) of organizing the future edition of 2023 in Bologna from the assembly of European choirs. In October the choir returns to tread the stage by participating in the production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Orchestra Senzaspine, which will be staged at the Teatro Duse in Bologna.
Michele Pirani graduated in acting at the school of the “Teatro stable delle Marche” in Ancona and graduated in “Disciplines of live entertainment” at “Alma mater studiorum” University of Bologna and in “Professions of music and entertainment” at “University of the studios of Macerata “. He is currently a lyric and modern singing student at the “New voice studio Italia” in Osimo (AN), with teachers Lisa Paglin and Marianna Brilla, and a pop-oriented jazz singing student at the “Arrigo Boito” state conservatory in Parma. Since 2020 he has been director of Komos.
Lorenzo Orlandi, former director of Komos
Lorenzo Orlandi undertook the study of the piano at a young age under the guidance of prof. Mercedes Fantoni, continuing, first in the class of Maestro Gino Brandi and later with Maestro Franco Agostini, at the G.B. Martini in Bologna: after a period of study at the Royal Conservatory Of Music in Brussels, under the guidance of Maestro Daniel Blumenthal, he graduated in Bologna in 2008, in the class of Maestro Carlo Mazzoli. Later he specialized in Vocal Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Universität der Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, under the guidance of Masters Roswitha Heintze and Gerard Talbot. He deepened the study of conducting at the Civic School of Music in Milan, under the guidance of Maestro Renato Rivolta. He deepens the study of the operatic repertoire with the Masters Maurizio Arena and Daniele Agiman. He is currently a piano accompanist for the singing and instrument classes at the Bologna Conservatory, and has an intense activity as a Maestro Collaborator. He worked for the Borgatti Theater in Cento and the Consorziale in Budrio in the productions of Trovatore and Italiana In Algeri. He has held the roles of collaborating Master and Teacher of high-level specialization courses at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli ”of Spoleto. He is regularly invited to accompany musical, vocal and instrumental competitions. He conducted the Amici del Bel Canto Choir of Cento, the Roberta Gallinari choir (of which he is the founder) and Komos of Bologna until 2020. He recently directed G. Puccini’s La Boheme at the Mancinelli Theater in Orvieto. “