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Music For Hypokrites

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This music was commissioned for Franco Berti's "Hypokrites" performance at Fashion Art Toronto 2019, a syncretic depiction of shamanic transformation and healing through gesture, garb, light, symbol, and sound.

Hypokrites investigates the question of whether the milieu of costume can connect us more coherently to the fevered multiplicity and mystical unity of inner worlds. Through rendering a three-fold metamorphosis from god/king to shaman/medium to vegetal/earth-being, the performance proposes that by establishing a blind but resonant relation to the unknown within and overcoming the trappings of psychomental flux, we might fracture enduring perceptions and realities, expose ourselves to new spheres of influence, and reintegrate these elements into a durable, symbolic whole. By plunging into obscure depths, espousing subtlety, and inviting the movement of futural and archaic energies into ourselves through experimentation and aesthetic synthesis, potentials without form begin to touch the realm of mundane life, broadening its associated rituals of expression and engendering fundamental changes of state. Hypokrites spurs the audience to shut their eyes and exhume the mystery of their own bodies, those nameless thrumming forms buried beneath the pretensions of culture and language, wondering whether observance of an ever-fluid sense of existential nudity and transfiguration can occasion novel approaches to covering up.

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released April 24, 2019
Performance and artwork: Franco Berti
Music and words: Matthew Ramolo

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Khôra Toronto, Ontario

parade of masks, transducer of vibratory geometries, extempore aural revelations, muted ecstasies, stalker of thresholds, scribe of a body exultant in the sound of its unfolding, iota amidst the vast

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