rebecca saunders the mouth

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rebecca saunders – the mouth

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the mouth: pièce de rebecca saunders pour chanteuse soprano et electronique.

réalisateur informatique musicale alexis baskind.

première le 5 septembre 2020 au festival manifeste (centre pompidou, paris) avec la chanteuse soprano juliet fraser.

autres performances:

4 septembre 2021: lucerne festival
10 novembre 2021: november music, ‘s-hertogenbosch
25 novembre 2021: de bijloke, ghent
6 march 2022: gmem marseille


notes de programme par rebecca saunders

the mouth is the threshold between two worlds, the interior and exterior. there is the inner voice which each of us carries within — an internal monologue, our voice — over, an incessant narrative, suppressed and hidden beneath the surface. and then there is the voice we send into the world — momentary articulations, an eloquent discourse or a stumbling incoherent murmur. this sounding voice is vunerable, of utmost fragility — a part of us exposed and projected out of us and beyond, into an abyss. and there is the chasm between inside and outside: a dichotomy between the inner and outer voice, between our secret internal monologue and the voice sent into the world and that is heard. and the mouth is at this threshold, embodying a kind of purgatory.

this piece partly asks: what is this inner voice, what is there suppressed, held within, flowing beneath the surface? and what can actually then be said, if anything at all? the text is my own — streams of recitations, with occassional moments of clarity. the work explores the extensive range of colours and sounds naturally produced within the mouth cavity. the electronic part is made entirely from live recordings of juliet fraser’s recorded voice, and a little of my own.

rebecca saunders