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Murderous Little World

An evening length musical theatrical work composed for the trio Bellows and Brass, with an electronic score and live video projections.

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Posted on March 20, 2014 by Linda Bouchard

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The evening length musical theatrical work Murderous Little World was composed by Linda Bouchard especially for the trio Bellows and Brass, who perform live against an electronic score and live video projections. Poems are taken from the book Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson and live video was created by Yan Breuleux. Murderous Little World takes as its inspiration the terse yet epic poetic work of Anne Carson. The poems conjure up a textured universe of “little worlds” that span continents, and ages of human existence. Carson’s phrases seem to be made up of fragments or artifacts and point to individuals’ searching for truth against waves of corruption and cruelty. Bouchard’s musical compositions bring to mind the title of Carson’s book, from which the poems are taken and the collegiality, competitiveness and brutality that this title implies. The music, like the poems, deals in fragments and strange juxtapositions to form a compelling set of concise, interrelated themes or motifs whose brightness and audacity lend themselves to the splashes of color and light that is possible with current video projection technologies. Linda Bouchard writes of Murderous Little World: The musical and dramatic response to each poem is unique with each selection having an individual voice expressed through specific vocals – i.e. whispered, slow recitation, fully voiced, in a range of emotional pitches and vocal styles, etc. At the same time the three musicians/actors play live and move around the stage creating different dramatic interplay with the visuals. Live music is performed against an electronic score that is manipulated with MaxMSP using pre-recorded sounds of the musicians’ voices and their instruments in the form of a “hyper-trio”. A first version of the piece was premiered to critical acclaim February 2011 at the NUMUS Festival. Linda Bouchard and videographer Yan Breuleux collaborated during the one-month residency at MatraLab to create the live video, rehearse new scenes with the musicians, record new samples for the electronic audio part, act some scenes for the video and integrate all those new elements for a tour. Murderous Little World successfully went on tour from November 25th to December 10th, 2012 in Vancouver (3), Victoria, Seattle (Cornish), Victoria, Seattle (Cornish), San Francisco (ODC) and Los Angeles (REDCAT).

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Trailer for Murderous Little World. Performed by Bellows and Brass with text by Anne Carson.

MURDEROUS LITTLE WORLD – SCENE 1
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Montage of excerpts from Scene 1 of Murderous Little World. Performed by Bellows and Brass with text by Anne Carson.

MURDEROUS LITTLE WORLD- SCENE 3
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Montage of excerpts from Scene 3 of Murderous Little World. Performed by Bellows and Brass with text by Anne Carson.

Start and End Dates

11/25/201212/10/2012

Location

Montreal, CANADA

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San Francisco, California
Linda Bouchard is a composer, arranger, conductor and producer. The French Canadian lived in Montréal until 1978 and then went to study composition with Henry Brant at Bennington College. She will keep a close contact with her mentor until his death in 2008. She did her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music in…

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