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CO2 – Cycle De Lieder – Contemporary chamber opera, multimedia – acoustic, digital, visual, trans-disciplinary, collaborative work

CO2 – Cycle de Lieder (originally Cadenza Onirica) is a multifaceted transnational collaboration conceived and composed by internationally recognized Belgian composers Patrick Defossez and Anne-Gabriel Debaecker based on a libretto by famed French sci-fi writer Jean-Bernard Pouy.  CO2 – Cycle de Lieder is in collaboration with the French Duo Autres Voix de Piano, French Ensemble Zellig and Canada’s Vocalypse Productions with Canadian new music diva Janice Isabel Jackson.

CO2 – Cycle de Lieder represents the “solitary” journey of a female voice on the verge of a metamorphosis, the virtual (and therefore digital) molting of her being into two opposing forces: that of flesh and that of data … two beings seeking themselves and fleeing constantly. Will this solitary voice be condemned to a spectral existence?   In the future, will we be ourselves become more and more foreign to our own voices?

Rarely heard instruments (think octobass flute) are combined with keyboards, piano, live electronics, glass singing bowls, a new instrument called the conceptor, and the female voice in songs that are unexpected, unorthodox, and truly otherworldly.  CO2 is a fusion of opera, art song, improvisation, and new music technology.

Written by well-known French surreal crime novelist, Jean-Bernard Pouy, CO2 – Cycle de Lieder represents the “solitary” journey of a female voice on the verge of a metamorphosis, the virtual (and therefore digital) molting of her being into two opposing forces: that of flesh and that of data … two beings seeking themselves and fleeing constantly.  In the future, will we ourselves become more and more foreign to our own voices?

CO2 Cycle de Lieder’s International Musicians

Janice Isabel Jackson
(Canada) – contemporary, experimental female voice
Silvia Lenzi (Italy) – viola da gamba, cello
Anne-Cécile Cuniot (France)bass flute, octobass flute
Etienne Lamaison (France) – double bass clarinet
Patrick Defossez (Belgium) – piano, percussion, laptop
Anne-Gabriel Debaecker (Belgium) – electronics, electric piano, glass singing bowls
Mathieu Chamagne (France) – conceptor, sound technician

CO2 Cycle de Lieder will …

  • Blur the lines between new music, electronic music, theatre, and improvisation.
  • Juxtapose the density and power of short songs with inspired ancient prose.
  • Embrace digital innovation while connecting with traditional musical language.
  • Challenge the notion of traditional instrumentation, stage practice, interpretation, the role of the soloist, and the inter-connectivity between musicians.

Organizations involved with this project:
Vocalypse Productions (Canada) www.vocalypse.ca
L’Association 2d’Lyres (France) www.2dlyres.net

Photo credits:
© crédit photo Raynald Najosky pour CO2- Cycle de Lieder – 2018 – une coproduction de l’Association 2d’Lyres / ensemble Zellig / Vocalypse Productions.

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