english: together 16-channel electroacoustic composition year: 2014 duration: 31:00 min. studio: Harvard University dedicated to Sylvie Goursaud first performance: May 21, 2014 , The International House of Japan, Tokyo published on CD Firmament first performance of the complete 16-channel version: May 3, 2015, Fenway Center BostonThe human voice as sound source and performer on stage is present in most of my compositions over the past 20 years. Since 2009 I have been composing works, which use folksongs, lullabies, prayers and children songs from many cultures. All those voice recordings were reworked to adjust their pitches and tunings in order to create harmony. I combined them with specially written vocal phrases, percussion, as well as instrumental sounds into utopian musical works, where all those ethnicities perform and celebrate together, including: Ailleurs-intérieur (2009) is a 2-hour work which was first presented as a sound installation in the church Gesú in Montréal (Québec) and subsequently in venues in Erfurt and Cologne (Germany); and Together (2009) is a music piece for a dance performance for the Larissa Douglas Contemporary Dance Company (Boston, MA, USA).
Issho ni takes those ideas a step further and proposes an intense sound ritual as a concert piece. It surrounds and submerges the listener, who becomes a witness and passive participant in a slow evolving illusory celebration. Elements from secular and religious sources are joining to memorialize unity and to rejoice.
Issho ni (4-minutes excerpt)
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