The Sound Lab is the musical dream of the Sermig - Arsenale della Pace. It was born in 1998 from an idea by Ernesto Olivero (Founder and Animator of Sermig - author of the texts) and Mauro Tabasso (President and Artistic Director of the Laboratory - author of the music) with the aim of communicating the life and experiences of thousands in music of people who cross the Arsenal gates around the world every day (Turin, Sao Paulo - Brazil, Madaba - Jordan).
The Laboratory is structured like a music school (affiliated with the "G. Verdi" State Conservatory of Turin), a music and record production center, a recording studio, where courses take place (for about 250 students), an orchestra, a choir and various ensembles. The cutting edge (musically speaking) of the entire organization is the team simply called Laboratorio del Suono, a group of professional artists who share Sermig's dreams and commitments (musical and otherwise) for various reasons.
In 2005 the public workshop "From the bottom of the earth" (Ala Bianca / Warner), a musical work dedicated to John Paul II (in the sales charts for several weeks). The Opera is performed between 2005 and 2009 in various parts of the world (twice live on Rai television) and republished in May 2011 in a CD / DVD version (with a concert on DVD directed by Salvatore Accardo).
In 2010 "Mama" (Ala Bianca / Warner, in the charts for 9 weeks) is released, brought by the Laboratory around the Italian squares and theaters with a tour of 15 dates.
On January 31st 2011 the Laboratory performs together with Andrea Bocelli at the Chamber of Deputies on the occasion of the launch of a campaign against world hunger.
On June 25th of the same year the Laboratory is called together with Paolo Belli to perform in Turin in Piazza San Carlo and live on television, on the occasion of the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, an event led by Fabrizio Frizzi, during which presents a very personal version for voice and guitar of the Italian National Anthem.
In 2012 it was the turn of “Mama vol. 2 ”(Ala Bianca / Warner), carried among young people and in schools with a project that has involved over 12,000 students to date, culminating in two concerts performed at the Rai Auditorium" A. Toscanini "in Turin and at the Teatro Regio of Turin (both sold-out).
Various voices and musicians have collaborated on the project over the years. Among others:
Marco Maccarelli, Serena Branducci, Cheryl Porter, Max Laudadio, Roberta Bacciolo, Nair, Marco Sportelli, Nicola Costanti, Moses, Roberto Tiranti, Roberto 'Bobo' Boggio, Felice Reggio, Paolo Giolo, etc.
In August 2014, the single "Everyone Has the Age of His Dreams" comes out of the 4th World Youth Meeting organized by Sermig in Naples on 4 October 2014 in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples with over 50,000 presences.
The protagonist of the video clip shot at the Arsenale della Pace in Turin, the dancer - painter Simona Atzori together with two dancers from the La Scala theater in Milan, Marco Messina and Salvatore Perdichizzi. The video clip is conceived, produced and directed by the Armando Testa Spa Agency.
On May 14, 2015 during the celebrations of the "day of forgiveness" in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the Laboratory intervenes playing the national anthem live and several excerpts from his repertoire.
The following 21 June 2015, he plays for Pope Francis in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Turin with over 200,000 people present and worldwide Rai.
On 29 October 2015, the Laboratory performed for the second time at the Quirinale, again in the presence of the President of the Republic.
From November 2015 to March 2019 with the "Workshop Tour - Music from Man to God" the Laboratory turns Italy meeting over 20,000 young people, with an experiential, motivational and technical proposal on liturgical music, performing also in dozens of concerts and testimonials (squares, theaters, small buildings).
This tour is about to resume (next date Bari, 10/13 October 2019).
In May 2017, the album “L’amore (R) exists”, (the first as an independent) that enters the top-ten of the main Italian digital stores (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon - in 1st place).
This album was also chosen by Sermig - Arsenale della pace as the soundtrack of the "5th World Youth Meeting for Peace", held on 13 May 2017 in the splendid setting of Prato della Valle (Padua).
For the event, the Laboratory performed live with a band formed by some of the most important Italian top players (Elio Rivagli, Chicco Gussoni, Luca Colombo, Michele Lombardi, Carmelo Isgrò and other friends) in front of over 60,000 people.
In June of the same year "Love (R) exists" is presented during the "Games without Barriers" event