PHACE – New Series 2018/19 & Index of Metals

Sujet "Index of metals" © Markus Bruckner / PHACE

With their new series “Going slightly mad” the renowned Ensemble PHACE is going on a quest for the passion and fire as the driving force of our endeavours. The memebers of the Vienna-based Ensemble become roamers amongst diverse realities and present numerous new compositions and a world premiere. Under the conductorship of Nacho de Paz, PHACE presents the video-opera “An Index of Metals” at the festival Aspekte in Salzburg, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, at the L’Auditori in Barceolona and finally at the Ensems Festival in Valencia.


A video-opera by Fausto Romitelli (music) and Paulo Pachini (video) – for soprano, ensemble, multiprojection (3 screens) and electronics

An Index of Metals bears vigorous witness to this determination to go beyond: sizzling orchestration, electric and psychedelic; a voice which plays on effects, murmurs with reverb, cackles into a megaphone, screams like a pop star; and an electric guitar score of a kind that no ‘serious’ composer has ever written, sliding across an infinite range of tones with a lightness of touch and blurring of contours. But that’s not all. Something more funereal, more strongly dissolving is given off: a fierce melancholy, and the echo, as it were, of a long Gnostic lament over the fall of souls.

Shortly before his death, Romitelli together with his friend Paolo Pachini and the poetess Kenka Lèkovich, resurrected the dream of a total scenic art in the manner of the Futurists: rhythms and gleams of light striking metals (for the video part), poems in iron and chrome singing of fusion with matter, acoustic/electric music highly amplified, filtered, spatialised, in as artificial a manner as possible…
An Index of Metals, a paradoxical masterpiece, torn between heroism and exhaustion.

CONCEPTION: Fausto Romitelli & Paolo Pachini – MUSIC: Fausto Romitelli – TEXT: Kenka Lèkovich – VIDEO: Paolo Pachini, Leonardo Romoli – MUSICAL INFORMATICS: Stefano Bonetti, Paolo Pachini – TECHNO INTERMISSIONS BY COURTESY OF PAN SONIC.
CONDUCTOR: Nacho de Paz – VOICE: Daisy Press

MON 12.11.2018 KH series #1 – PHACE | MIT ETWAS EXTREMISMUS – ensemble & electronics
WED 30.01.2019 KH series #2 – PHACE | ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – multimedia
WED 13.03.2019 KH series #3 – PHACE | COMING SOON – ensemble & video
TUE 21.05.2019 KH series #4 – PHACE | AN INDEX OF METALS – video-opera

(Adapted from the original Text by Jean-Luc Plouvier, with kind permission by PHACE and the author )