Archaic Force

A much anticipated work by composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi received its world premiere at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2021.

The Arab Apocalypse, based on the cycle of poems L’Apocalypse Arabe by Etel Adnan, was performed in a production stage directed by Pierre Audi. "Here, under the direction of Ilan Volkov, the Ensemble Modern celebrates Samir Odeh-Tamini’s orchestral sound, which fluctuates fascinatingly between a murmuring tapestry and eruptive outbursts, between the foreign and the familiar" from the neue musikzeitung. The Neue Züricher Zeitung writes "All of this is simple, even simplistic to the point of obsession. But in its rigor, it in fact unfolds an archaic force." Singing appears in the work "not as a convention of genre, but as the only viable expression of the human in dire need." Deutschlandfunk Kultur concludes: "here we have all the right ingredients."