In his work Klang, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s project was to write a work for each hour of the day, a manifest of sound, of interior listening, of the voice of consciousness.
In the 15th hour, the singer describes his own activity, "I am a baritone, … /…each note lasts 2 seconds, / Four hundred and forty Hertz is neither beautiful nor ugly." This rare humoristic undertaking by Stockhausen also bears his artistic credo. The 19th hour, Urantia, places several high-pitched electronic levels concentrated with plenitude of the recorded voice, in orbit. "The eternal numbers, I hear them resonating over there." This time, the numerical command is given by Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922) from the Zaum poetry movement. The composer Hèctor Parra has seized this celestial language, this language that strays between archaism and futurism, with the full arsenal of electronic synthesis.
Baritone Jonathan de la Paz Zaens | Sound Broadcasting Paul Jeukendrup
Co-organized by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Gaîté lyrique with the support of the Sacem.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 10pm / Gaîté lyrique, Grande Salle