In resonance with Anri Sala’s work Time No Longer (2021), the Bourse de Commerce is featuring a series of daily performances by saxophonist André Vida.
Time No Longer (2021) shows a turntable spinning on itself, playing a heady piece of music, Abîme des Oiseaux, a clarinet solo from the Quatuor pour la fin du temps, composed in 1941 by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Weightless, suspended in what looks like a space station, the turntable spins at the mercy of invisible cosmic forces. Its tonearm rises and falls on the vinyl at random, playing the composition in a fragmentary manner, as a suite of truncated, incomplete musical phrases that at times reveal their deep lyricism. In this film, the sound of the clarinet, played by Raphaël Sévère, alternates, and then blends with André Vida’s melodious saxophone playing. On November 18th, André Vida will appear in the Rotunda and play in a duet with the film’s soundtrack, with his own ghost, jerkily pivoting on himself, a reflection of the spinning of the vinyl disc of Quatuor pour la fin du temps in space.
To celebrate the work of Anri Sala and in close collaboration with the artist, the Bourse de Commerce is offering several events, meetings and concerts:
- On October 17, Swedish drone composer Catherine Christer Hennix presents her new keyboard piece Solo for Tamburium, echoing Anri Sala's Take Over (2017), a video work composed of two screens showing keyboards activated by human hand or programming.
- On November 16, Long Pons Sorrow, a screening of Anri Sala's film Long Sorrow (2005), interspersed with appearances by saxophonist André Vida and the Berlin-based music trio Zinc & Copper.
- On January 5 and 6, the Bourse de Commerce and the Ravel Festival present Ravel Ravel Revisited, a new look by Anri Sala at his work Ravel Ravel Unravel (2013), performed by French pianist Bertrand Chamayou.