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Join amiina for their latest adventure, Fantômas.
Originally composed as a live score to a silent masterpiece from 1913, amiina's members
decided right from the start that the music would also be able to stand on its own, independent
of the visual narrative.
Melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense, pounding rhythms and haunting melodies,
amiina's fans won't be disappointed. Soundworld full of contrasts, from darkness and utter terror
to heavenly melodies. The music thoughtfully composed, reorrucing themes and leid-motives
build up a delicate structure where the listener can experience the piece as one entity - and then
again different tracks or songs can be enjoyed independently. Violin, cello, drums, percussion,
metallophone, table harp, ukulele and electronics are the source material for the sound world of
amiina here, with their intelligent and imaginative usage of the different instruments and their
varied and endless textures.
The score Fantômas premiered in Paris in 2013 at the prestigious, Théâtre du Châtelet, where
amiina, together with musicians James Blackshaw, Tim Hecker, Loney Dear and Yann Tiersen,
took part in a special Halloween event, celebrating the centenary of the Fantômas series,
directed by the French film director Louis Feuillade in 1913 - 1914. The Fantômas series - in five
parts - ran for six hours with every musician/ band providing their new live score for the series,
the music commissioned by Yann Tiersen who curated the event.
Halloween especially fitting for this occasion that revolved around Fantômas, the sadistic and
ruthless serial killer, the lord of terror and genius of evil who initially came to live in the crime
fictions of French writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in 1911. A huge success right from
the beginning, Fantômas is an early example of the interplay between avant-garde intellectual
and emerging mass culture, he was to appear in various films, television and comic book
adaptations throughout the century but also highly regarded by the French avant garde of the
1920's, especially the surrealists, e.g. René Magritte and Guillame Apollinaire, the latter stating
that “from the imaginative standpoint Fantômas is one of the richest works that exist.”
When the magical, somewhat fragile sound world of amiina meets the lord of terror something
unexpected and truly magical happens. Do step in.
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