Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos – Equus
CD – Pogus
“Equus”, a collaborative project of concrete music, created by combining the strong personalities of Lionel Marchetti and Olivier Capparos. It may boast of being commissioned by the INA-GRM of Paris, the renowned music research institute founded by Pierre Schaeffer in 1951, a place still very active and abreast of the many developments in contemporary experimental electro-acoustic music. The works of the two composers are particularly oriented to the use of meaningful vocal samples, taken from recordings of famous people (Sarah Bernhardt, John Oswald, Pierre Schaeffer himself, Henri Chopin and many others), which are then pieced together in a complex polyphonic narration, full of microtonal manipulations and improvisational twists, functional as with a dreamlike story, with surreal passages, organ digressions and authorial jumps. Lamentations in Latin, bits of poetry (we think we recognize Ezra Pound), cascades of sounds and acousmatic effects, meditations on human and historical memory which, falling back to a more intimate experience, force us to wonder what is still truly alive and what isn’t.