Now in it’s fourth edition the A L’ARME! Festival invites you to be part of a metaphysical journey to our inner self! The guiding theme of INNER LANDSCAPES & UNKNOWN CHAMBERS lends itself as a potent metaphor for almost every emotional state, wheth- er it be joy, curiosity, pain, desire, awe, the sublime or simply as a space where we search for a sense of deja?-vu and ultimately, beauty...
In our perception of the sensitive and sentient individual, the severe natural phenome- na and outer landscapes such as the desert, wilderness, mountains and ocean with their magnificent panoramas often create a polarizing reflection on the fragility and smallness of humankind in the face of this, the duality of the infinite both of an exterior world and a world within.
Let us consider a realm where musical composition and performance is created in an imaginary space in which we can indulge an affection for music/ sound - one without any tangible or practical purpose – to find a space within this space in-between. Here in this playground of the immeasurable we are consumed by the intensity of this given perceptive space. Here we become free to engage with/in the cognitive processes caused by sound connecting the infinite dimensions and reach of the music, the sound, the space and the body.
Within the frame of contemporary experimental music, A L’ARME! VOL. IV has focused on a theme which addresses the creative artistic construction of these imaginary spaces with the notion of creating a topography of these areas of perception in which ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ events are no longer clearly defined. These could be called liminal interstices, dominated by ambivalence, contradiction or a kind of radicalization of binary oppositions of the tangible and the ephemeral.