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12 – 14 October 2012
  3 pm till 8 pm
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Leif Elggren
An Encounter

The long list of musicians inspired by the writings of James Joyce fall into one of two categories: those who merely set his texts to music – as in the case of Kate Bush, the lyrics of whose 2011 song Flower of the Mountain are taken from Ulysses character Molly Bloom – and those who build on Joyce's achievements, like John Cage. Deploring Joyce's conventional use of grammar, Cage wrote: “Finnegans Wake employs syntax./ Though Joyce's subjects, verbs and/ objects are generally unconventional,/ their relationships are the ordinary/ ones.”1 The American composer used fragments of Finnegans Wake to form non-syntactic ‘mesostics’ which he incorporated – in the form of a reading– in his 1979 musical work Roaratorio.2 The Swedish artist Leif Elggren also comes under the second category. His new audio work based on Joyce's early short story An Encounter features strangely ominous mutters, creaks and groans. These mirror the story's narrative tension, while their unmusical character foreshadows the Irish author's subsequent break with traditional literary language ... (Rahma Khazam) continue reading

An Encounter
Leif Elggren website
Sacramental Meals (Sakramentala Måltider), Leif Elggren, Firework Edition, 1988
A Royal Failure Strength through Failure, Fabio Roberti with Leif Elggren and Marja-Leena Sillanpää, WFMU, broadcasted on 03.05.2012
I Pity Inanimate Objects interview by M. Monroe, Bananafish #16, p. 35 – 44, Seymour Glass, San Francisco, 2002
Firework Edition Records website
The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland website
The Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland Experimental Composers, David Weinstein with Leif Elggren, CM von Hausswolff and Egnekn Montgomery, Art On Air, broadcasted on 23.06.2012
Guds söner website

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