concert and readings
États de la voix
(The Vocal Scene)
Stephane Ginsburgh, Jérôme Game and Gilles Amalvi
saturday 21 January 2017, from 2 pm to 4 pm
as part of Autres mesures festival
“Music above all else,” wrote Verlaine in The Art of Poetry in 1874.
Poetry has often used the metaphor of music to define the distinctiveness of its relationship with language and the latter’s attempt to transcend the meaning barrier through rhythm and the interplay of sound. The advent of sound poetry has brought a gradual shift to this classical allegory, with the materiality of the voice, the plasticity of words and the dizzying possibilities of recording giving rise to myriad experiments. Is language just one sound among others? Or does its radical status set it at the outer limit of rhythm, the cry, noise and spoken discourse?