Georges Aperghis: A Shot in the Dark (2011)
Georges Aperghis is one of Europe’s most influential experimental composers. His aggressive yet playful music pushes the boundaries between classical performance and performance art, asking musicians to stretch the expressive capacities of their instruments and their bodies to create a frenetic wash of sonic energy. Yet despite his substantial European following, Aperghis’s work is almost unknown in the United States. With the support of the French American Cultural Exchange, ICE has commissioned a major new evening-length work from Mr. Aperghis, playfully entitled A Shot in the Dark and will give the work’s Chicago premiere in this performance. The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music is a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, CulturesFrance and the Florence Gould Foundation
An impossible portrait of a fluctuating woman (instrument & voice) who slides from one state of consciousness to another, like somebody who is looking for their way through the dark, like an endless derivation, pulling the instrumental ensemble into its vocal labyrinth.
Sequences appear, like sonic images. The voice traverses these spaces, provokes them or undergoes them, or plays with them in a versatile way. No longer can you tell whether it's the voice or the instruments that lead the dance. One seems to be following the errand ways of the other, through contrasting fragments that succeed each other in a non-linear fashion.
(translated by Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg)