Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin is the fruit of a montage of a short story by the Chinese author Can Xue and a selection of texts written on the front during the First World War: a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, À l’Ouest, rien de nouveau. In the two situations, a deadlocked situation for which nobody knows the solution, a world war or intimate destitution.
Awake our senses to the most minute and tangible changes; this is Czernowin’s compositional hallmark, her attention to the physical and spatial parameters of music, the weight, the textures, the effects of distance, of strangeness, of tearing apart. An opera or an electronic landscape? This ambiguity and changes in scale are the cornerstones of Infinite Now.
CHAYA CZERNOWIN INFINITE NOW French Premiere
commissioned by the Opera Vlaanderen, the Théâtre national de Mannheim, the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Libretto by Chaya Czernowin and Luk Perceval
based on the texts by Erich Maria Remarque and Can Xue
orchestra and chorus
Titus Engel Conductor
Karen Vourc’h Soprano
Kai Rüütel Mezzo-Soprano
Noa Frenkel Alto
Terry Wey Countertenor
Vincenzo Neri Baritone
David Salsberry Fry Bass
Nico Couk Guitar
Yaron Deutsch Electric Guitar
Séverine Ballon, Christina Meissner Cellos
Didier de Neck, Roy Aernouts, Gilles Wellinski, Oana Solomon, Benjamin-Lew Klon, Rainer Süβmilch Actors
Carlo LaurenziIRCAM Computer Music Design
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The screening will by followed by a encounter with Chaya Czernowin and Marie Losier, director.
Before the concert, 7pm - Cité de la musique, amphithéâtre.
Free entry, limited seats available.
Infinite Now, follow the process of artistic creation
Videos realized by the Vlandereen Opera
Images of a Work #22 : Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin
Un bref aperçu du film de Marie Losier, réalisé sur la création de Chaya Czernowin © Ircam-Centre Pompidou
Composer (b. 1957)
The use of metaphor is central to Chaya Czernowin’s music; she uses it as a means to organizine an unusual sound universe and to escape all convention. Metaphors are used through...