“When Sébastien Boin suggested that I write something for Sirènes et midi net, Rimbaud’s text Démocratie came to mind and imposed itself on me as an unquestionable fact. The function of the urban siren, in addition to the sonic power it deploys, is to announce an imminent catastrophe, an association that goes without saying. But it is not quite this kind of danger that Rimbaud is talking about in Democracy. The poet quotes the violent words of what seems to be an armed group. The use of inverted commas throughout the poem leaves no doubt about this distancing. By the title, which may seem enigmatic, one can very well imagine that the mercenaries who express themselves here are the armed, brutal and bloody arm of a democracy…
Even if I wanted this musical moment to be derisory and playful, it nonetheless evokes a fear of a possible drift of our democracy, as it exists today. ”
Concert for solo bass drummer, eight musicians each equipped with a wooden whip, a mouth siren and hand firecrackers. Set to a poem by Arthur Rimbaud from Illuminations. In co-production with Lieux Publics.
With the participation of Sébastien Boin, Claudio Bettinelli [bass drum] and 8 percussionists from the Aix-en-Provence conservatory class.
With the participation of Sébastien Boin, Claudio Bettinelli [bass drum] and 8 percussionists from the Lyon Conservatory class.
Pattar Frédéric  | Démocratie | 2018 | 8’30 | Mondial creation
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