- Year of composition: 2018, 19
- Duration: 15:01
- 48 kHz, 24 bits
These are my late father’s words, his attempts to communicate with us after his near-fatal operation for throat cancer in 2010. When he woke up in the ICU after the operation, he could not speak or move anything other than his right hand. For several weeks he communicated with us by writing on pieces of paper he could not see, and we tried our best to understand. It was the first and last time he expressed many of these words and sentiments.
I immediately recognized the beauty in the shape and content of the words he wrote but it took eight years to find the right form to transform them into something musical. From 157 pages of writing, I chose 56 and transformed them into a graphic score for improvising musicians. I then asked filmmaker Pierre Hébert to translate my compositional ideas into a film.
- Ensemble SuperMusique (ESM) (Cléo Palacio-Quintin, flutes; Jean Derome, alto saxophone, flute, objects; Joane Hétu, alto saxophone, voice, objects; Elizabeth Millar, clarinet; Guido Del Fabbro, violin, synthesizer; Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, cello; Olivier St-Pierre, piano; Vergil Sharkya’, synthesizer; Anne-F Jacques, mechanical objects; Émilie Payeur, no-input, electronic gizmos, mini lo-fi synth; Isaiah Ceccarelli, drum kit; Danielle Palardy Roger, percussion)
- Viviane Houle, voice
- 2019-11-27, Maxime Audet-Halde • Amphithéâtre – Le Gesù, Montréal (Québec)
- 2021-06-17 – 2021-07-06, Robert Langlois, Joane Hétu, Danielle Palardy Roger • Studio 270, Montréal (Québec)