for viola, violoncello, double bass, percussion and electronics
“Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms” William Shakespeare
“Natura respuit ut contraria quaeque iungantur” (Nature refuses the joining of unlike things) Boethieus
“There is a strange power in the joining of unlike things.”Carnival Row season 1 Ep.4 15:04
The most successful dystopic fictions are written not by merely imagining a “utopia-gone-wrong” places but by exaggerating the features of the past and the present that contain potentials for them to become dystopic. These dystopic features are to be sought in the contemporary canvas of our societies: social memory loss, disregard for differences, unfounded familiarities, traces of past mass violence. What we call “ourselves” in a modern society are interwoven acts of barbarisms and adequate forgetfulness/indifference that go along with them.
Les Traces de Notre Futur Antérieur for Hezarfen Ensemble takes this idea of “uncovering what is lost as a result of violence” and translates it into a musical circumstance that is inspired by the texts belonging to the people who once inhabited the Anatolian land for centuries.
Premiered by Hezarfen Ensemble on October 31st, 2019
Commissioned by Dystopia Festival
Concert recording: Gökhan Deneç