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Michel Chion: Requiem at BIAF

First Presbyterian Church

13 October 2023

6:00 pm

50th anniversary performance

Michel Chion's "Requiem" was realised in the studios of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris (France) and premiered on March 19, 1973 at the Théâtre Récamier in Paris. Northern Lights Project is marking the occasion of the work’s 50th anniversary with a series of performances in Ireland and the UK.

Described as “a noisy and surreal deconstruction/recreation of the Requiem Mass” the piece will be performed (spatialised) on an 8-channel speaker array by Northern Lights Project’s artistic director, Peter O’Doherty.

This Belfast performance of Requiem will be preceded by a special performance by Brian Bridges on a vintage EMS Synthi AKS synthesiser.

“Chion's Requiem probably represents one of the defining moments of the musique concrète canon, a work all other pieces must be judged by and one of the few absolute masterpieces of the genre.” – Modern Illusions

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