Villa Arconati - Bollate (Mi)
06 - 08 / 06 / 2014

The first edition of Terraforma, an international music festival on artistic experimentation and with a particular focus on sustainability, will take place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June 2014 in the woods of Villa Arconati, located in Groane Natural Park, just outside Milan.

Terraforming is the theoretical process in which life on a planet becomes possible through the creation of an atmosphere. Terraforma innovates the approach to music, to imaging, to interaction and to the space, embracing a group of meticulously selected artists. Three intense days of live performances, video projections and workshops, encoutering artists and artisans, listening walkways, whilst being surrounded by nature, art installations, a local food market and a camp site.


Staged between trees, the quality of the line up will allow a temporary withdrawal from metropolitan rhythm. Terraforma’s music unravels a path from jazz to folk, to techno, with an eye for ambient music, unified from avanguard experimentation on a single stage. Artists with a powerful presence such as Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb, who wrote fundamental pages on electronic music in the last 30 years, Andy Stott and Demdike Stare member Miles Whittaker‘s Millie & Andrea new project, Voices From The Lake aka Donato Dozzy and Neel, the explorer of outernational rhythm Burnt Friedman, the dub adventurer Deadbeat accompanied by Tikiman’s poetic voice, the vibraphonist Pasquale Mirra, the drummer Tommaso Cappellato, as well as Volcov and Rawmance. Furthermore, the libanese Rabih Beaini with his acclamed Morphosis project, the cerebral Chris Madak alias Bee Mask, the cybernetic Heatsick with his 3 hours “Extended Play” hypnotic performance and the CB21 ‘supergroup’ with the keyboards of Lorenzo Senni/Stargate, Dracula Lewis and Primitive Art. Last but not least, the acustic guitarists Norberto Lobo and James Blackshaw, the latter prodigy of the 12 string guitar, will bring the listener in contact with his natural frequencies.


Workshop & Lecture

Other than performing live, avanguard French artists Pierre Bastien and Ghédalia Tazartès will respectively be leading a workshop on “sound art” and a talk on musique concrète, the latter directed by The Wire. These sessions will allow the public to share project experiences, building musical instruments that will transform normal objects into sofisticated instruments, to filtering water into drinkable water and transform food waste to edible.

Sustainability, reverberate throughout time

Terraforma aims at economic and environmental sustainability. The festival’s structures and installations will be built by architecture students during a workshop directed by a team of Terraforma’s architects and artisans led by Studio Zarcola – Francisco Rodriguez and Studio Petrucci. At the food market instead, it will be possible to purchase local products as well as helping prepare local delicasies in the bio-street food cuisine area. Terraforma will not simply be a festival. In the last few months a 4-hectare environmnetal protection plan commenced for Villa Arconati’s woodlands, through an extensive gardening project of an area that will now be open to the public. A ‘terraforming quake’ will therefore reverb throughout the next few years, giving a greener future for the surrounding community, from open spaces for children to extending current cultural tours, as a meeting ground for other events, to hosting many more concerts.


Terraforma is introduced in three previews, on March 10th at the milanese O’ art gallery, featuring TM404 performance and Ignazio Mortellaro’s art installation Finis Terrae; on May 8th at Casa delle Armi in Rome with four artists exhibiting along with Commodity Place and Rawmance dj sets; on May 16th at Caffè Antico in Palermo, with Aighiv, Paquita Gordon, RPM, Fernandez Manetta and visuals by Oblivious Artefacts.



Terraforma festival is a cultural initiative promoted by Threes non profit association. The music project is sided by an environmental protection plan of Villa Arconati’s woodlands, structuring the ticketing system to follow the crowdfunding logic, making it possible to support this project with a donation. The three-day pass ammounts to 70 euros, whilst the daily ticket 25 euros (15 euros on Sunday) and will be sold starting from May.


A cultural non-profit organization established in early 2012 by Dario Nepoti, Ruggero Pietromarchi and Alberto Brenta. Research, time and simplicity stand as prerequisites for developing creative and innovative processes. Through these steps, Threes achieved quality results coupling sustainability and accessibility, gaining experience in the production of musical projects and cultural events, whilst forming a team of young architects, artists, musicians, video artists and lightdesigners.