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Pierre Alexandre Tremblay : asinglewordisnotenough3 (invariant) (2015)

from asinglewordisnotenough by Seth Parker Woods



‘Traduttore, traditore,’ says the Italian proverb.
‘Traduire, c’est avoir l’honn.tet. de s’en tenir
.une imperfection allusive,’ nuances the
translator Pierre Leyris. This series of pieces
looks at the impossibility of translating, firstly, the
text, then, the context. The multiple nuances of
words and images, flatten, lost, unsuitable.

Moreover, it is also a reflection on the
inexpressible, where music and silence, allow
some states/sentiment/experience to be
expressed with more power/precision/nuances.
Therefore, this suite of pieces should be taken
as different expressions of a single impression,
whose sense is multiplied by their common/
composed/remembered past. Explain/comment/
multiply the music by music, or as Harold Bloom
says so elegantly: ‘The meaning of a poem can
only be another poem.’

This third piece/iteration/instance is the first
with a live/acoustic instrument/source. Whereas
the original electronic explores the gestural/
embodiment limits of fixed media, here the cello
reaches for a world of articulated transients/
noises/textures/splices. Ideas are expanded/
shrunk/distorted at the limit of recognition, to
allow/free their essence from their broken shell.

Thanks to Seth Parker Woods for his faith, his
talent, his enthusiasm and his patience; to Lydia
Rilling and Andreas Pysiewicz for the TU Berlin
session; to Alex Harker for his patient MSP
support. - PAT


from asinglewordisnotenough, released November 25, 2016


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Seth Parker Woods Chicago, Illinois

Critiqued as "a cellist of power and grace" (The Guardian), cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a diverse career that straddles the worlds of classical, contemporary, electronics and performance art. He worked with artists ranging from Heinz Holier, G.F. Haas, and Klaus Lang to Peter Gabriel, Sting,and Aldo Tambellini.
He holds a PhD in Performance from the University of Huddersfield (UK).
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