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The Language(s) of Water

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - October 8 @ 9:00 pm

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Re-imagining Tomorrow’s Water Sounds and Words through the Arts and Sciences

RASL workshop

6-7-8 October, Erasmus University College, Rotterdam


The RASL Winter Studio 2022 is a three-day transdisciplinary workshop.

For this interactive project we aim to combine different cultures, languages and sounds. The research theme wants to explore the interaction between words and music in songs belonging to different linguistic and musical traditions with its emotional impact on audiences as well as performers. Specifically the event is structured around the cultural relevance of water, the neuroscience of sounds and acoustic ecology. At the end of the three-day session, participants will present their contributions in a collective open concert.

Participants will be mentored by: Maddalena Pennacchia, Stefano Nencha and Stefano Nunzi. Maddalena Pennacchia (link) is a full professor of English Literature at the Department of Foreign Languages Literatures and Cultures (LLCS) of Roma Tre University and a skilled singer. Stefano Nencha (link) and Stefano Nunzi (Link) are renowned jazz musicians on the Italian jazz scene and they both teach in Rome. Guest professors include Chris Muller (link)  (EUC) and Josue’ Amador Valdez (Link) (Codarts).

The event will take place from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th of October and will be at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam (Nieuwemarkt 1A). The application deadline is Monday 3rd of October.

The RASL winter Studio welcomes performing artists, scholars, writers, scientists, designers, societal partners and people who would like to explore new research methods and develop collaborative practices that cross the boundaries between the arts and sciences.

Practical Information 

Dates: 6 to 8 October, 2022.

Time: 10:00-18:00 hrs, with occasional evening social moments.

Location: Erasmus University College, Nieuwemarkt 1A, Rotterdam

Fee: Participation is free of charge, but spaces are limited.



Thursday, 6th of October

17:00 – 18:00 meeting with participants; get to know each other; bring your own instruments; bring a recording, a poem, a video, a ‘movement’ also unfinished and write it down on a sheet of shared paper

18:00 – 19:00 Mini-concert Briza

19:00 – 20:00 Drinks

Friday, 7th of October

10:00 – 12:30 Lectures (given by, Pennacchia, Müller, Amador)

13:00 – 15:00 Groupwork toward singular output

15:30 – 17:30 Liquid improvisation (jazz) and spoken words creation (rhythm speech) toward collective output

Saturday, 8th of October

10:30 – 13:00 Groupwork toward singular output

14:00 – 17:00 Liquid music adaptation (jazz) and spoken words creation toward collective output

18:30 – 21:00 Eco-Performance and reflection drinks


Application procedure: Deadline October 3rd.

Applicants should have a Bachelor or Master degree in a relevant field, be entering their final year of a BA program, or have equivalent professional experience and backgrounds in the performing and visual arts, the sciences, humanities, and technology studies.

Would you like to take part in the RASL workshop? Please submit a written or audio-visual motivation and (including website or portfolio links) to Marco Aperti[aperti@euc.eur.nl].

The application deadline is October 3.





October 6 @ 4:00 pm
October 8 @ 9:00 pm


Erasmus University College Rotterdam