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Ion Marmarinos

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Composer Ion Marmarinos
Year of Composition 2017
Duration 7'30"
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-im1s1


Text by Audrey Ardern – Jones, OBE

As a part of a collaborative project among historian of gender Dr. Alana Harris, visual artist Stephanie Bickford – Smith and myself, Sacretum was inspired by the different temporalities of four women’s menstruation cycles. Variations and contrasts between fixed cycles (use of contraception pill) and free cycles are demonstrated with clearly defined tonalities and rhythmic motifs (fixed), as opposed to sections of a quasi – tonal or atonal character with an obscured pulse (free), which suggest liberation from temporally controlled bodily functions. Short fragments, which act as links between different tonalities, harmonies, and rhythmic structures connect all four sections. Working with a text that was inspired by these contrasts and subsequently adjusted to the music, the primary challenge was to musically interpret data such as days of ovulation, sexual intercourse and daily temperatures within a melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and thematic continuum which integrates the lives of four women as these are either regulated or liberated by social norms and taboos on menstruation, reproduction and/or contraception.

Supported by Science Gallery London and King’s College London in terms of the 2017 Blood Series Festival in London.

Recording used at the exhibition in combination with 3D art installation.

EXAUDI vocal ensemble, conducted by James Weeks, London, UK.

Winner at the 2019 Ablaze Records’ intrenational competition of New Choral Voices Series CD Vol. 4. Recorded by Coro Volante, conducted by Brett Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.