Erika Dagnino


2011 Abingdon Arts Festival   at The Royal British Legion – Abingdon (UK)

 with G.Haslam,  S. Pastor, S. Kershaw, photo by Beryl Murphy.  


      Literary activity and music, performance and writing are deeply intertwined in the artistic activity of Erika Dagnino. Her works have been published in Italy, England and America.

     Among her collaborations we note the one with the violinist Stefano Pastor, with whom in 2007 she published the multimedia work Cycles for the English label Slam, with the English saxophonist George Haslam, the pianist and American composer Chris Brown; with English poet and musician Anthony Barnett and American poet Mark Weber.

     Her are the linernotes of the booklet created for the six CD box of the Anthony Braxton Italian Quartet, Standards (Brussels) 2006, published in 2009 (Amirani Records).

     She has collaborated with literary and cultural magazines including Quaderni d'Altri Tempi (I), Levure Littéraire (F), First Literary Review-East (NY), Snow (UK) and with the musical research magazine Suono Sonda. In 2010, for the editions of the Casa Musicale Eco, she published the book of interviews with professional musicians from different countries, Nel gesto, nel suono. La percezione/decifrazione dell’evento musicale. In 2012 she released for the English label SLAM the CD in quartet - with Pastor, Haslam and Steve Waterman - entitled Narcéte.

     She toured in Italy, England, USA participating, among others, in events such as Clusone Jazz Festival (I), Phonetica Jazz Festival Maratea (I), Turin Book Fair (I), The Evolving Voice Series (USA ), The Abingdon Arts Festival (UK), Oxford Jazz Master Series (UK), COMA Show at ABC No-Rio (USA), The October Jazz Revolution Festival NYC (USA), Poetry Festival Poestate (CH).

    She has given poetic-musical performances in New York with musicians such as Ken Filiano, Steve Dalachinsky, Dominic Duval, Satoshi Takeishi, Ras Moshe, to name a few, performing, among others, in spaces such as Down Town Music Gallery, Bowery Poetry Club, The Brecht Forum and The Stone. She founded the Erika Dagnino Quartet in New York together with K. Filiano, R. Moshe, J. Pietaro (released the cd Signs recorded at the 17th Frost Theater in Brooklyn in November 2012, SLAM, UK) and Trio with K. Filiano and Satoshi Takeishi (released the cd Sides in 2015, SLAM, UK).

    For the editions and the Italian cultural association IperWriters she has created illustrations for publications and books curated by the Italian writer Claudia Salvatori, including the work Moby Dick by Herman Melville in the version translated by Cesare Pavese.

    Since 2016 some of his writings and publications about the theme of public transport.    .docx      .pdf


Festivals and series:


·         Clusone Jazz Festival (I)

·      Oxford Jazz Master Series (UK)

·      Abingdon Arts Festival (UK)  

·      The October Jazz Revolution Festival  NYC (USA)

·      COMA Show at ABC No-Rio NYC (USA)  

·      Carnival Benefit Festival for ABC No Rio  NYC (USA)  

·      DMG in-store performances   NYC (USA)

·      Downstairs Poetry Series Cornelia Street Café (USA)

·      Saturn Poetry Series NYC (USA)

·      Evolving Voice Series, NYC (USA)

·      Annual Alternative new Years’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza, NYC (USA)

·         Nomad's Choir Series NYC (USA)  

·      Boulevard Books Series NYC (USA)    

·         Kairos Poetry Café Series NYC (USA)  

·      Green Pavilion Series NYC (USA)    

·      Critical Book&wine (I)

·      Fiera del Libro di Torino (I)

·      Phonetica Jazz Festival Maratea (I)

·      Stoppengò, Roma (I)

·      HousevenT, Suite Galerie Urbaine, Geneve (CH)  

·      Poestate Festival di Poesia - Lugano (CH)

   Clubs, Theatres, Cultural Centers:


·     Park Plaza Restaurant  Brooklyn NYC (USA)  

·     Shape Shifter Lab – Brooklyn NYC (USA)

·     Downtown Music Gallery – NYC (USA)

·     The Stone – NYC (USA)  

·        The Brecht Forum – NYC (USA)  

·     17 Frost Theatre - Brooklyn NYC (USA)

·        LES Gallery Cafè – NYC (USA)

·        Cornelia Street Café – Village NYC (USA)

·     Freddy's Bar and Backroom - Brooklyn NYC (USA)

·     Boulevard Books & Cafe LLC - NYC (USA)

·        Café Orwell – Brooklyn NYC (USA)

·        Nightingale Lounge – NYC (USA)

·        Local 269 –  NYC (USA)

·        Shrine – Harlem NYC (USA)  

·      Studio 353 -  Manhattan NYC (USA)

·        Bowery Poetry Club – NYC (USA)

·        Douglas Street Music Collective – Brooklyn NYC (USA)

·        Goodbye Blue Monday – Brooklyn  NYC (USA)

·        Yippie Museum Café – Greenwich Village NYC (USA)

·        Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village – NYC (USA)

·        Zebulon – Brooklyn  NYC (USA)

·        Revival Bar – NYC (USA)

·        5C Cultural Center and Café –  (NYC) USA  

·        Green Pavilion Restaurant – Brooklyn  NYC (USA)

·        St. John's Lutheran Church – Greenwich Village NYC (USA)  

·        Silvana Club – Harlem NYC (USA)    

·        Outpost 186 – Boston,  MA (USA)

·        Burton Taylor Studio – Oxford (UK)

·        The Royal British Legion Club – Abingdon (UK)

·        Radio Sofia, hosted by Emilia Telese –  Brighton (UK)

·        HousevenT, Suite Galerie Urbaine – Geneve (CH)

·        Galerie Hus – Paris (F)

·        Palazzo Rosso – Genova (I)

·        Casa della Musica – Genova (I)

·        Sinister Noise –  Roma (I)

·        Berio Café Library – Genova (I)

·        Circolo Culturale Acqua su Marte – Pavia (I)

·        Madeleine Café-Teatro Club – Genova (I)

·        Villa Frua – Laveno Mombello, Bergamo (I)  

·     Patio Palazzo Civico in Piazza Riforma, Lugano (CH)


Collaborations with:


Ken Filiano, Satoshi Takeishi, Anthony Braxton, Chris Brown, Dominic Duval, Ras Moshe, Blaise Siwula, Sarah Bernstein, Jean Carla Rodea, 

Matt Lavelle, Andrea Wolper, Yuko Otomo, Bob Heman, Andy O’Neill, Sten Hofstalt, Jason Mears, Steve Dalachinsky, Josh Sinton, Kevin Farrel,

Mike Pride, Chris Welcome, Reuben Radding, Harris Eisenstad, Alex Wing, Kevin Farrel, Brent Arnold, Mark Weber, John Pietaro, Mossa Bildner

Cheryl Pyle, Quincy Saul, Rocco John Iacovone, Javier Hernandez-Miyares, Laurie Towers, Nora McCarthy, Nicolas Letman Burtinovic, Music Now Ensemble, Radical Arts Front, The Red Microphone, Dissident Arts Orchestra.


George Haslam, Steve Kershaw, Steve Waterman, Anthony Barnett, Emilia Telese


Stefano Pastor, Silvia Bolognesi, Andrea Rossi Andrea, Aldo Bagnoni, Marco Tindiglia, Guido De Vecchi, Emilia Telese,  Gianni Mimmo,

Angelo Contini, Paolo Cavallone, Maurizio Borgia


Heike Fiedler, Steve Buchanan  



Some points about the relationship between  Poetry and Voice

from POETRY AND VOICE by Erika Dagnino,

in her book Motions – Italy, May 2010  

  […]To reconnect the voice not only with the sound of words, but with sound per se: a possible feat, indeed. Innocent of further assessments, this sense of vocality results in a vindication of poetry as opaqueness and gravity, sound and emphasis on the sound, while at the same time each and every word changes into both a fragment and a part of a whole, a building block in a work and an unique substance, an element of gravity – meaning weight: the weight of a word in a musical context.

  The ponderable (from Lat. pondus =“weight”) element is materiality; poetry, inasmuch as it constitutes matter, regains the meaning of what has been quantified; the material colour of word wraps itself in obscurity, where gravity is apprehended inasmuch as weight and tone of poetry: as though sound were obscurity and gravity in the context of an endless quest for self. Thus, expressivity equals gravity and obscure tonality as a whole.[…]