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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 881, May 6, 2013

The new solo work by Hétu is most fascinating. If ‘pittoresque’ is a useful qualification to describe abstract soundworks, I would like to use it in the case. An intriguing work. It is a vocal dominated work, sparsely instrumented and completed by noises, sounds and field recording. All five players sing and play (accordion, percussion, flutes, sax, objects, etc.). Most texts are by Hétu herself, plus some by Cavafy, Shakespeare, Cechov and Caille, all in translated in French. But this was not limiting my experience of this piece, like some of her earlier work. Most texts are spoken, performed, sung and everything in between. The whole is made up of 21 small pieces, each with its own dramatic and musical quality.

The whole is made up of 21 small pieces, each with its own dramatic and musical quality.

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