OGGI | poem set to music
words: Tamar Hayduke
music: Arsen Babajanyan
OGGI is a poem and a “recital for voice and computer”.
In the poem the word Oggi (means today) is repeated continuously; 279 times, as the number of days of a pregnancy. «I adopted this number as a marking point to end a flow which could keep going on and on». OGGI is a reflection of the “geography” of time, a place where worlds “occur”; A succession of images, of overlapped signified and signifiers, of ideas and abstractions. The full text is published in a limited edition of 279 copies by Numero Cromatico Editore, 2015 ISBN: 978-88-940734-4-7
OGGI as a live event is a recital for voice and computer, proposed in art galleries, libraries, museums and theaters.
The music is structured in several movements. It is conceived with the intention of backing the listener in the perpetual holding and letting go of the images evoked by the text.
The recitation is smooth, with no forceful accentuations or emphasis.
The scenography (when employed) is dynamic, it alludes, by “cutting” and recomposing the stage space, to the idea/equation “man = context“; Man tends to perceive the world in relation to the background of his personal “scenic space”, as if he himself were the intersection point of space-time coordinates. Watch here.
Upon the invitation of BRIDGE ART contemporary visions:
- live performance: 24/10/2015 h. 19:30: Chiostro dell’Ex Convento dei Cappuccini
Pantheon, Noto SR
- live performance: 27/10/2015 h. 18:00: CANOVA22, Via Antonio Canova, 22, Roma
- presentation: 05/11/2015 h. 18:30: MAXXI -National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Via Guido Reni 4A, Roma
Tamar Hayduke (author and performer) find biography here
Arsen Babajanyan (composer) was born in Armenia in 1986. He graduated in Composition from the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. He has a Master’s Degree in Opera Singing issued by the same institute. He holds a doctorate from the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, 2010. In 2012, winning a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, he followed a program of six months under the guidance of the composer Pawel Mykietyn in Warsaw. In 2015 he received his Master’s degree in Composition at the University for Music and Theatre of Munich with the Professor Jan Müller-Wieland. Babajanyan is a winner of several national and international competitions. He has awards in the field of literature as well. He has published four books and numerous articles. He is co-founder and president of the “Association of Young Armenian Composers and Performers” founded in 2010. Arsen Babajanyan composed chamber music, symphonic music, music for film and theater.