Emilia Bergoglio

Scientist, sewist, furniture maker, musician, factotum

I’m a Molecular Biologist by day, working in the field of Neuroscience, and a sewist/general DIYer in the weekends. I make anything from underwear to welded bookshelves, my motto being “I can certainly make that!”. What drives me in my quest to make all the things is not just aesthetic, but also my unwillingness to participate in consumerism.

I originally come from from Northern Italy, more specifically a tiny village in the Alps. After having lived in several places, I found home in Tokyo. I enjoy the challenges and surprises which come with living on the other side of the world.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

Making music is one of the first ways I explored my creativity since I was very small. It has been a constant in my life, even at times when all other creative pursuits were pushed to the side. I like to listen to music in silence, maybe while drinking coffee or a glass of bourbon, and not while sewing or engaging in other activities, as to really absorb it, and not so much as background (I have podcasts for that, haha). I think the music I listen to has changed a lot as a factor of different seasons of my life, and the feeling different pieces give me has in turned had an impact on what I want to create, in a sort of “auditory aesthetic” way.

Tell us about your playlist:

Each and every one of these pieces hold a special place in my heart, down to the recording. All my life I’ve felt like I was being pulled from different directions, and this playlist is a good representation of that – a mix of a lot of different influences, with no apparent link with one another. From music of my ethnic tradition, to the compositions which shaped my love for classical music, to the post-punk I used to listen with my flatmate, every track is a little piece of my own life journey. I came to realize there is no “good” or “bad” music: all music is good music if it gives me some emotion, even negative ones.

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Present Past and Distant Future

  1. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  2. Requiem in D Minor, K.626: 3a. Sequientia: Dies irae – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  3. Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground, Nico
  4. Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 – Remastered – Ludwig van Beethoven, George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
  5. Asleep – 2011 Remaster – The Smiths
  6. 3 Gymnopédies: No. 1 in D Major: Lent et douloureux – Erik Satie, Pascal Rogé
  7. Rest My Chemistry – Interpol
  8. Pesah A La Mano – ARS PROMISCVA
  9. Big TV – White Lies
  10. Mein Herz Brennt (Piano Version) [Rammstein] – Myuu
  11. Age of Consent – 2015 Remaster – New Order
  12. Westworld Main Theme – Brooklyn Duo
  13. Flute Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 132, H. 562: I. Poco adagio – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Sharon Bezaly
  14. Lesson from a Nomad – Zack Hemsey
  15. Pictures at an Exhibition – Orchestrated by Vladimir Ashkenazy: Promenade – Tuileries – Bydlo – Modest Mussorgsky, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy
  16. She’s Lost Control – 2007 Remaster – Joy Division
  17. Los Bilbilicos – Judy Frankel
  18. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH 55: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Ivo Pogorelich, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
  19. Leif Erikson – Interpol
  20. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  21. Like Eating Glass – Live – Bloc Party
  22. Violin Concerto In D, Op.35, TH. 59: 1. Allegro moderato – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
  23. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85 (1997 – Remaster): I. Adagio – Moderato – Edward Elgar, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra
  24. Paris 1919 – John Cale
  25. Images – Book 1, L. 110: 3. Mouvement – Claude Debussy, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
  26. Psycho Killer – 2005 Remaster – Talking Heads
  27. Run Boy Run – Woodkid
  28. Symphony No. 1 in D Major: 1. Langsam. Schleppend – Live – Gustav Mahler, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado
  29. Space Oddity – 2015 Remaster – David Bowie
  30. La Flûte de Pan (Syrinx), pour flûte seule – Claude Debussy, Philippe Bernold, Ariane Jacob, Isabelle Moretti, Gérard Caussé
  31. Anemone – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  32. Etude No. 2 – Philip Glass
  33. Gethsemane (I Only Wanted To Say) – From “Jesus Christ Superstar” Soundtrack – Ted Neeley
  34. Amore che vieni, amore che vai – Fabrizio De André
  35. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Overture – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bernard Haitink, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  36. I Need My Girl – The National