Chorale Injured Bird
In these early years his music was involved in the textural music
that he heard in Xenakis,
composers he heard live in the "Festivals in the Arts Today"
held in Buffalo in the sixties.
he studied at Tanglewood with Bruno
Maderna who commissioned him for the B.B.C., and assisted
Maderna on the set of the opera Satyricon. In the early
seventies Di Pietro carried on a correspondence with
Harry Partch and wrote for his instruments which later became
Four Ancient American Songs.
was a regular visitor to Feldman's studio and organized the first
recordings of Feldman's piano music with Julius Eastman. Eastman
commissioned him and performed Di Pietro's music in New York at
the Kitchen and La Mama.
Frances Marie Uitti played his cello music in Rome, Naples
and Amsterdam. Christiane Edinger played his violin works in New
York, Berlin, Madrid and played Aria Grande at the
Viva in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.Yvar Mikhashoff,
Anthony Miranda and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet gave frequent
performances in many venues. Lukas Foss conducted his music with
the Brooklyn Philharmonic and at the Ojai Festival in California
Link gave many performances of his theatrical and radio works
for texts. For years now Di Pietro has worked in prisons as a
habilitationist-educator, and has been a regular guest artist
at San Quentin prison for California's Arts in Corrections Program.
In 1995 his path crossed with Pierre
Boulez, the famous composer and conductor.
he has brought to conclusion four years of interviews with Boulez
in Chicago. Dialogs with Boulez: Conversations
with Rocco Di Pietro, will be published in the summer
of 2000 by Scarecrow Press, Lanham Maryland, with a book signing
in orchestra hall in Chicago in the fall of 2000. He has recently
completed a large theatrical cycle of Prison Dirges,
which includes The Normal Exception a quartet
with inmate life stories written for the Kronos Quartet. His recent
performances include playing accordian in John Zorn's Cobra,
with The Daniel Kelly Ensemble.