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Isidore Isou (Romania/France, 1925-2007) Juvenal Symphony No 4 (2001-03) UK Premiere

Frédéric Acquaviva orchestration / spatialisation

A Romanian poet and visual artist, Isidore Isou conceived the long-forgotten movement of letterism. He was active in the post-war fallout of 1946, taking influence from dadaist art to express the inconceivable history that had just been made. Letterism used language and symbol as its main aesthetics, changing the meaning of words and giving them a new, discursive significance. A musician in his own right, Isou created Juvenal Symphony No 4 in 2001. It was orchestrated in 2003 by sound artist and composer Frédéric Acquaviva, exploring ‘the qualities of the letter’, and musically realising the phenomenal art world Isou created.  The piece, featuring the voice of Isou and his ‘letterist choir’, is anything but an ordinary symphony.

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This event will finish at approximately 12am (midnight)

Photo: Isidore Isou