"Un sourire pour cent larmes" — Max Jacob-Erik Satie
A musical-literary journey in the work and life of the poet Max Jacob
and his friend Erik Satie,
by the great comedian Eric Verdin and the pianist Maria-Carmen Barboro.
Rather than being satisfied with randomly superimposing texts and music, this set- ting is more of an adaptation wherein the words and notes are woven together by a precise counterpoint so that each literary and musical phrase echoes and enhancesits counterpart. Thus a singular work takes form, one which requires its two performers (including an actor who can read music) to listen attentively to each other, just as a duo of chamber musicians would be expected to do.
Each “act” may be listened to separate- ly. The parts form a whole with a coherent and rhythmical structure which includes recollections, contrasts, and intersecting historical references. It is an hour-long poetical and musical journey which takes the listener over deep and troubling waters.
To be carried away
By sense or nonsense
Sounds and sensations
Fantasy and feelings.