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Monday, 5 August 2019

TETINE VS PASOLINI - THE BARON THE BISHOP, THE JUDGE, THE PRESIDENT AND THE RELATIVE - new record OUT 6th Sept 2019

We're pleased to announce Tetine's new record Tetine Vs Pasolini [The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Parent ] - OUT 6th September 2019.




TETINE VS PASOLINI
THE BARON, THE BISHOP, THE JUDGE, THE PRESIDENT AND THE RELATIVE

This albumfeatures the register of the music composed for the film-performance Tetine vs Pasolini: The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Relative,recorded live and presented at Sesc Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, in June 2018. 

Conceived as verbo-vocal-visual immersive environment, constituted by soundscapes, found industrial sounds, texts, songs, conversations and beats,The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Relativeexplores a number of ethical, philosophical, and social-historical questions related to the current authoritarian & fascistic political waves experienced in Brazil, the US and Europe, in dialogue with the universe, aesthetics and politics of controversial Italian filmmaker, poet and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini, murdered in 1975.

The current moment in Brazil, which has led the country to one of its worst political and economic nightmares since the military coup of 1964, has served as a starting point & background to the production of the 11 pieces featured in the record. With the impeachment of The Workers’ Party (PT) first female president Dilma Rousseff in 2016 - falsely accused of corruption in a plot painstakingly architected by a congress sponsored by old oligarchies, the white and wealthy neoliberal elite, corporate media, far-right groups and evangelical forces in conjunction with Brazil’s network giant TV Globo’s manipulative tactics - a new contemporary form of dictatorial chaos has come to life. These events have instituted a pervasive atmosphere of violent social, political and existential backlash against a young ‘democracy’ with a long and complicated history of tyranny, chronic instability and deprivation. The music and content in The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Relativeconjure up these brutal spaces, being also highly reminiscent of the rigid landscapes of social and racial divide, economic recession, unemployment, censorship experienced in the country during its 21-year military dictatorship regime. 

The album critically investigates the archetypes of its title through distinct temporalities, as it both reports and delves into the emergence of fascist and misogynistic discourses in counterpoint with voices of political activists, guerrilla groups, survivors and victims of the period. This is done in a non-linear, intuitive and sensorial way through dialogues, poems, interviews, and selected audio fragments of various sources.

Tetine vs Pasolini: The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Relative explores these sonic and dramatic aspects (be they harmonic, melodic, orchestral, etc.) through epic post-minimalist pieces, anti-songs, spoken word, post-punk and atonalism. Its music is physical, tense, atonal and melodious at once. It evokes the dark spectres of Brazil’s recent past, present and future, as well as, the repetitiveness and/or pervasiveness of its existence under the forces of capital (including the ever-present control of the US) and its unfoldings through questions of class, raciality, gender, sex, consumerism and technology. 

Some of these  elements are also found in previous compositions and performances of Tetine – particularly in earlier albums such as "Film Tapes" (2018), Tetine vs. Sophie Calle (2002), Música De Amor (1998). On another note, the record pays also tribute to and is influenced by the work of composers such as Enio Morricone, Bernard Hermann and filmmakers / directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Patricio Guzmán, Gillo Pontecorvo, Chris Marker and others.

The Baron, The Bishop, The Judge, The President and The Relativewas conceived as a work of fiction. However, any resemblance to real happenings (that took place slightly later in Brazil) were not purely coincidental.

All music written by Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado

Line up:
Bruno Verner, instruments, electronics, electric piano, samples and voice
Eliete Mejorado, film, voices, instruments, electronics, fx



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