Ben Vida premieres his new text-based composition for electronics, voice and ensemble. Always Already is a hypnotic examination of the materiality of language that emphasizes the rhythm of speech through repetition and variation.
Composed and performed by Vida with Yarn/Wire and Nina Dante, this new work expands on his other compositions for small vocal ensembles, which he has presented at Lampo, The Kitchen and BAM.
Always Already is the first of these pieces to include live instrumentalists. Keyboards, marimba, electronics and voices are braided together to produce a ramble of language and notes. The work’s abstract narrative was developed out of a dense cyclical text, which was inspired by the rhythmical essays of Gertrude Stein, the Gysin/Burroughs cut-up method, and the parsing systems of the Conceptual Writers.