In tempore beli

. . 2016

. . : . for three voices and computer

Live on VPRO On Stage, Feb 14, 2021

A dynamic vocal trio based on a set of three texts which, cut up into alternate versions, express a number of different streamed emotions dramatized by the Rotterdam based troupe known as Club Gewalt.

There should be no mistake that the title references a millenia's old political comment juxtaposed against a century old text that painfully reflects the global emotions of 2016. This was the year that traumatized a generation of people out of fear from the political clout that would be known for promoting white supremacy, social injustice, inequality and, as the title suggests, legal silence for those privileged few.

The composition lulls the listener with a text inspired by George Barkers Villa Stellar before streaming in fast semi-spoken semi-sung vocals entoning the words from Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto. The centerpiece of the 9:11 minute composition is a monologue using a clip from the poem Dis Poetry by B. Zephaniah who captures a modern feeling of insecurities through his spoken-word prose.

The work was commissioned by Club Gewalt and performed 45 times for a rotating audience at the Haarlem Winter Parade in December 2016. This was made possible via the Silent Disco headphone system that allowed the audience to hear and see the live performers while the electronic accompaniment was mixed over headphones only for that specific audience.

Soon to be released by Club Gewalt on Spotify.

past performances
Feb 14th 2021
Venice Biennale Teatre 2019 Club Gewalt
Jul 22nd 2019
WinterParade Club Gewalt Trio
Jan 7th 2017
WinterParade Club Gewalt Trio
Jan 6th 2017
WinterParade Club Gewalt Trio
Dec 22nd 2016