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black and blue
for voice(s) and instrument(s)

Klangraum 2020 ‘day by day III
Neuer Kunstraum, Düsserldorf

Performed by Antoine Beuger (voice), Seamus Cater (voice, concertina), Eva-Maria Houben (voice), Kevin Leomo (clarinette), Andre o. möller (voice), lörinc muntag (violin) , Daniil Pilchen (voice), Steven Vinkenoog (electric guitar), Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (voice), Deborah Walker (sompoton mouth organ, voice)

I wrote the text score for black and blue (the color of hope in the dark) on Brexit day (31/01/20) as a way of dealing with overwhelming despair. It is based on Rebecca Solnit’s book Hope in the Dark: untold histories, wild possibilites (2004, 2016).
“ Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes — you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others.

In a counter history built around past and present acts of activism and their cumulative impact, Solnit book makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable, which is what the score invites us to do, to respond individually and collectively to her words and call for action.
The performance was a great way to conclude Klangraum 2020 where every day we were welcomed by a poster (designed by Angelina Simon) affirming that “the time for hope is always“ (Rebecca Solnit). Klangraum is itself a radical project and space for hope through musical togetherness.

black and blue score download

Recording of the performance here

black and blue digital album here



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