On June 22, 2007, in Rome, Tevereterno, an Italian organization founded by American artist Kristin Jones, produced Flussi Correnti / Flowing Currents.
Flussi Correnti was a night-long public program of site-specific performances and presentations by composers, musicians and artists. It took place at the Piazza Tevere, a walkway along a straight stretch of the Tiber River between the Ponte Sisto and the Ponte Mazzini.
Myth tells us that a she-wolf played an essential role in the founding of Rome. Accordingly, a frieze of twelve majestic she-wolves, each one eight meters high, etched in the patina of time by Kristin Jones, stood guard along the high embankment walls of the Piazza Tevere walkway. The walkway followed 600 meters of the western bank of the Tiber River, marking the site as distinct from other tracts of the river.
One spotlight highlighted each she-wolf.
Two thousand torches lined the water’s edge, 1000 on each bank.
100 people, including paid workers and volunteers from around the world, worked throughout the night to run the show.
10,000 people attended Flussi Correnti, including Romans, tourists, press, VIPs, artists, collectors, gallery directors, diplomats, corporate guests, and special guests from the Rome city government and American Embassy.
The evening’s program commenced with a live, musical performance by the Roman percussion ensemble Ars Ludi. The performers were positioned along the length of the Piazza Tevere walkway at the water’s edge. The concert began with Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, newly transcribed for the Tiber River in a debut performance for 9 marimbas, 3 vibraphones and a solo midi-vibraphone. This work was followed by Reich’s Six Marimbas, Nicola Sani’s Wassererinnerungeren, and David Monacchi and Corrado Fantoni’s premiere performance of their composition for the Tiber, Thybris Àlbula.
A multi-channel sound amplification system projected the music uniformly throughout the entire space to create an immersive sound. Joel Chadabe, founder and director of Ear to the Earth, curated a selection of environmental compositions. Chadabe presented a world premiere of Green Island, his own work based on sounds from Penobscot Bay in Maine, USA. The other works were David Monacchi's Stati d'Acqua, based on on sounds from the total flow of the Tiber River; Aleksei Stevens’ 40°45' North, 73°59' West, with sounds from New York City Harbor; Carla Scaletti’s Frog Pool Farm, with sounds from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, US; Jean-Claude Risset’s Sud, with sounds from the sea near Marseilles, France; and Steven Feld’s Waterfalls of Song, with sounds from Papua New Guinea.
Luminalia, a serpentine line of flame, a collaboration between artist Kristin Jones and architect Daniel K. Brown, floated on the Tiber’s surface, illuminating the length of the river basin with one thousand torches. The Aesculapian form came alive in the river’s current, drawing the path of the moving water in fire. The torches burned until dawn.