Attempt at Exhausting a Place

for flute, soprano saxophone, viola, percussion, piano, and electronics (2019)

commissioned by soundinitiative with support from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE)

texts from Georges Perec. Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu parisien. Trans. Marc Lowenthal. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 1974/2010. Used with permission.

Attempt at Exhausting a Place transforms the performance space into Paris’s Place Saint Sulpice through field recordings recasting Georges Perec’s descriptions of the city in 1974 as both familiar and distant today.