Encyclopédie de la parole, Joris Lacoste, Pierre-Yves Macé Suite n°3 – Europe

© Frederic Lovino
© Frederic Lovino

How can unease, ridicule or hate be depicted? Encyclopédie de la parole responds with its own weapons: words and music. Following on their magnificent Suite n°1 and Suite n°2, the French artists continue to draw on their extensive collection of audio recordings, which is something of an encyclopaedia of the spoken word in all its forms. This time they are particularly interest-ed in words that for various reasons and to varying degrees people would be reluctant to listen to, such as standardized job interviews, pro-conspiracy rambles or verbal abuse. In Suite n°3 – Europe these are all set to music – 26 pieces performed in the official languages of the European Union. It is a song recital with two singers and a pianist in the European tradition of opera or Sprechgesang. The beautiful melodies allow us to neutralize the unbearable, to laugh at and to momentarily ward off the violence of the forked tongues that are also part of the continent’s reality.

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