Musica Nomade is a brainchild of the photographer Mariagrazia Giove, but it’s not only a photographic project, it’s a concept, a message. Through the art of photography, Musica Nomade emphasizes the importance of music as a universal language, as art that comes to hit and captivate an audience from all social and cultural backgrounds, color, race or religion. An art that moves and goes everywhere, that is influenced, evolves and returns to the origins.

To express the concept of Musica Nomade, Mariagrazia portrays musicians, singers, dancers, DJ, in unusual contexts, on the road, off the stage. Not “street musicians” but “known musicians on the street”. Because the street, the scenery, the places, are the focus of the image as much as the music. The musicians are the important vehicle to express the concept.

Photographs of Musica Nomade are not taken during a classic photo shooting but during an encounter. Words, conversations about life, musical and travel experiences and walks are an ideal and perfect stage for music. It magically arrives and then… We can shoot!

She has photographed more than 150 musicians, in Italy, America, France, Serbia, United Kingdom and Holland. Her goal is to cover many countries as possible, to prove that music can really go anywhere, photographing musicians of every genre of music, culture, origin, holding all kinds of instruments.

The project is having a traveling exhibition …a kind of “nomad” exhibition, and every time new portraits of musicians, participating in the project, will be added in the show.
Not only a collection of photos, but also words and music of the musicians that join the project. A real sensory journey through the music all around the world, through effects of lights, sounds, words, images and videos.

The first big exhibition (with 62 pics) was in November 2015 during the Medimex (Innovation Music Expo) in Bari (Italy).
Then other exhibitions in Italy until the North Sea Jazz Festival 2016 where the figurehead of the exhibition “Music Inspired Art” was the Italian photographer Mariagrazia Giove.

Hollis King

“Anyone can take a photo these days, photography has become easy, you can even use your phone. While photography has become easier, it has also become more difficult. How do you stand out, how do you get through the clutter of mediocre photography. There are still only a few people who are able to get through the clutter and reveal more of our humanity. Marigrazia is a talent that does that. The first thing that strikes you is her humanity, Marigrazia loves people and people fall in love with her. All of her subjects look at ease and participate in the photo exercise. Marigrazia thinks about every detail in her photograph, including location, enjoy her work as much as I have. Marigrazia is a world-class photographer.”

“The word Nomad, of course, makes you think “no home”, always you must travel and wherever you stop there is your home for the time, and then you must move on. I think that Music fits into this model very very well and the idea that music can and does travel all the time reflects the natural aspect of Music. I see music as a natural force like water and now you can try and manage it, you can try to stop her flowing in one direction and keeping it for just one people but ultimately water will find other water and mix and come together and keep flowing and find its own course. Music is a natural force like that, music is always traveling!”

Ashley Kahn

Thomas Conrad

“Musica Nomade, the extraordinary ongoing visual concept by photographic artist Mariagrazia Giove, is deeply in touch with the nomadic impulse within the jazz culture. But it is more. Through the stark gesture of taking jazz out of its natural habitat (the concert hall, the club, the recording studio), Giove casts the music and its practitioners in new light. Each of her images is factual and mysterious. Cumulatively they reveal that the natural habitat of jazz transcends the stage or the studio. It is nothing less than the streets of the world. And because she works spontaneously, not in elaborate “photo shoots” but in existential human engagements on the streets of real life, her art is as much in-the-moment as jazz.”