Aiyun Huang's Save Percussion Theater
This DVD documents the pioneering percussion works from the French school of theater music, written for and championed by the legendary Parisian group Trio Le Cercle. These are "French pieces" - mostly written by non-French composers whose most important work took place in Paris in the 1970's and 1980's. The cultural friction between immigrant artists and a French culture that embraces them without completely welcoming them is apparent with every note. This is the music of outsiders with a story to tell, where questions of belonging, control, and place are central.
Many of these works are renowned in the percussion repertoire, but their combination of theater, voice and percussion makes little sense as strictly audio recordings. The visual aspect is essential to their experience.
All receive their first commercial video release performed by percussionist Aiyun Huang - who studied with members of Trio Le Cercle - giving authoritative performances of these works for solo through quartet.