Artist duo 0512, sonagram of the word Allah

Artist duo 0512, sonagram of the word Allah

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Concert & Film

Ensemble PHACE / Film

An evening of haunting music and intense emotions, featuring a composition by Pierluigi Billone performed by the Viennese ensemble PHACE and a film by Belgian artist Myriam Van Imschoot.

A two-part evening dedicated to the deep space of the female voice. The hour-long composition “FACE Dia.De” by Pierluigi Billone (*1960) is the latest result of a long-standing collaboration between the Italian composer and the Viennese ensemble PHACE. Billone's music can be understood as a journey between moments that are “ritually opened and closed again”. Each of these moments “carves” a space within the voice and the chant, says the composer. To call it a “cultic space” might go too far, but the intensity of Billone’s musical events, the strong physicality and corporeality of his scores and their specific flow of energy, create a primordial pull that carries ritualistic qualities. Part two of this evening presents a film by Belgian artist Myriam Van Imschoot. “Le Cadeau” recalls stories of migration, joy, assault and revolt, following the vocal practice of the “youyou” or “zagharit”, a shrill trill that is used by women in North-Africa and the “Middle East” to express joy and other intense emotions.


Pierluigi Billone
for 2 female voices and 8 soloists (2019)
Commissioned by PHACE, Wien Modern and Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.

Anna Clare Hauf voice
Annette Schönmüller voice

Michael Krenn, saxophone
Stefan Obmann, trombone
Tom Pauwels, electric guitar
Mathilde Hoursiangou, piano
Alex Lipowski & Igor Gross, percussion
Roland Schueler, cello
Alexandra Dienz, double bass
Fredi Reiter, sound direction

Emilio Pomàrico conductor

Le Cadeau
Film by Myriam Van Imschoot and YouYou Group Brussels
With Anissa Rouas, Fatiha EL Mrabet, Malika Mderreg, Sarah Léo
BE 2018, 48 min
In Arabic & French with English subtitles

PHACE is supported by SKE-Fonds (Austro Mechana), Federal Chancellery Republic of Austrian (Section Arts and Culture) and Cultural Department of the City of Vienna