Dusk Chorus - based on Fragments of Extinction


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wed, Sep 12, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Nika Saravanja
Alessandro d' Emilia
David Monacchi
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:California Premiere
Science & Technology
Wildlife Protection
Running Time:62 min.


Dusk Chorus portrays the work of David Monacchi, a high-tech explorer and eco-acoustic composer who has been developing the multidisciplinary project “Fragments of Extinction” for nearly 15 years. Through David's eyes and ears we are immersed in the unique soundscapes of the place with the highest biodiversity on the planet -- the Amazonian forests of Yasuni`, Ecuador.

David is on a quest to record pure and continuos 24-hour 3D soundscapes to preserve these for future generations. The film offers a unique listening experience of unheard eco-symphonies and the vanishing sonic heritage of millions of years of evolution.


Expected guest: Cyril Kormos, Executive Director, Wild Heritage; Maribel Guevara (discussion emcee), SFGFF Board & Directora, ECOador International Film Festival

Nika SravanjaNika Saravanja was born in 1985 in Zagreb. She studied at the Zagreb School of Economy and Management. Currently she is studying directing at the Zelig school of documentary filmmaking in Bolzano, Italy. Until this day her work was based mostly on photography and now she started experimenting with film, a common passion that she discovered while traveling.

Alex dAlessandro d'Emilia was born in Rome. Life took him to live elsewhere, mainly in Mountains, Dolomites. Here he became soon passionate in climbing, skiing and slack lining. Practicing these activities he developed a strong interest in the audiovisual sector, in particular remain fascinated by the mysteries of nature, from the unexplored places, the different styles of life and thought of mankind. He is traveling a lot every year, following professional athletes and expedition project all around the world. In 2016 He graduated in photography at Zelig, school of documentary.

David MonacchiDavid Monacchi is an eco-acoustic composer, researcher and multidisciplinary artist. He has been developing the project Fragments of Extinction for 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s remaining areas of undisturbed primary equatorial forest. Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional and science dissemination approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through educational and sound-art installations. A Fulbright fellow at UC Berkeley in 2007, he has taught at the University of Macerata since 2000, and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio "G. Rossini" of Pesaro.

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