Each year Potentino hosts a series of concerts and live events in the courtyard and a small number of exhibitions in the Gallery. We also host occasional vintage markets and an eclectic mix of other events.
Below is this year’s programme and some of the recordings and videos taken from the past years. CDs are also available in the shop of resident composer Mark Springer's piece inspired by his time at Potentino. We always looking for new performers. Do get in touch if you would like to play at Potentino.
Mark has captured the aerial, magical spirit of Potentino, distilling the essential quality of the castle and its rich nature into musical form. Composition is a process similar to wine making. The music makes me think of our wine and the valley and this ancient site which have been transformed into s series of evocative ‘vinous’ and liquid green breezy stone sounds. The piece underlines the Importance of Place in the creative act.
After being inspired by a sense of place on Monte Amiata, in the creation of The Potentino Piano Quintet (2014), the pianist and composer, Mark Springer has directed his interest now into a musical exploration of the essential life of that place - the earthbound evolution of the Castello di Potentino's life blood - the vineyards, vines and wine culture that grows out of that volcanic land.
You can find out more about about Mark Springer and his work on his website:
"Potentino Chronotope is my response to the Castello di Potentino. It is an intimate impression, made up of fleeting gestures and passing image, filmed when I spent a day alone at the Castle to take the footage. Potentino is a space where serendipity and the accidental happen in a random roll of the dice and I wanted to express that. The film explores the atmosphere of place." - John Maybury
"John Maybury's short film about Potentino takes you on a metaphysical trip through time, memory and the sensual experience latent in the interiors of this ancient building. We called it a "chronotope" as this means 'spacetime' and John Maybury's mesmeric film is the narrative fusion of time and space at the Castello di Potentino." - Charlotte Horton
You can find out more about about John Maybury here.
Polyphonic singing is one of the oldest forms of music and we bring together groups of singers from all over the world who continue in this tradition of using only their voices to create a polyphony of sound in the courtyard.
We have hosted groups from Sardinia, Croatia, Austria, Georgia as well as the local singers from Monte Amiata.
Curated by Charlotte Horton and Moreno Filoni.