Hear: All the time that you have what we have

In September, I at­tended the ‘Voix nou­velles’ res­id­ency pro­gramme at Fondation Royaumont (as evid­enced by this splendid pho­to­graph) and in the pro­cess wrote All the time that you have what we have. / All the time that you have. for sop­rano Marie Picaut of Les Cris de Paris and Quatuor Diotima’s vi­ol­in­ists YunPeng Zhao and Guillaume Latour. You can now listen to the re­cording of their per­form­ance given during the closing con­cert by clicking on the player above.

It is a some­what un­usual work for me in that its primary ap­proach could be said to be one of drawing more on a per­form­ance art con­text. Though it re­mains music, the work gathers a dra­matic as­pect (that is pos­sibly lost in the re­cording, I can’t tell) in being built around the ex­haus­tion of breath and bow. The per­formers’ struggle to main­tain pres­ence and ex­pres­sion against nat­ural phys­ical limits shapes the sonic ma­terial, ar­riving at sound qual­ities that would prob­ably oth­er­wise be avoided, and — I think/hope — lends it a new meaning.

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