Georges Aperghis

  • Composer

Georges Aperghis (b. 1945) has been working for more than 30 years on the invention of a musical theater that he defines as follows: "the invasion of the theatrical temple by the abstract power of musical organization". No libretto set to music, but a polyphonic encoding of actions, images, music, sheaves of words and songs, pushed to a high level of profusion. Opening of multiple drawers, shock of multiple fragments, very stubborn, very insistent, which sculpt a mental space with small chisel strokes.

There is a kind of primitivism in his work, a strong impression of the first time: a language that invents itself, reinvents itself, stutters and develops through trials and failures, in an expressiveness that is alternately too soft or overexcited. It is often funny and ferocious.

Listen to: Georges Aperghis

  1. Thinking Things by Georges Aperghis (recorded at the Centre Pompidou, 2018)
  2. Obstinate by Georges Aperghis (recorded at Eglise Saint-Merri, 2018)
  3. Dans le mur by Georges Aperghis (recorded at the Centre Pompidou, 2017)
  4. Luna Park by Georges Aperghis (recorded at Ircam, 2011)

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