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La Tour (radio adaption)

La Tour by Bruno Letort

La Tour is a radio adaption by Bruno Letort and Benoît Peeters of the Obscure Cities album by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.

“Giovanni Battista is one of the many guardians of a huge tower without known limits. The authorities seem to have forgotten they even existed. Tired of waiting for the visit of the Inspector, Giovanni decides to go looking for him. During a difficult quest, he meets Elias Aureolus Palingenius and fall in love with the young Milena. Resuming his climb, he is led from one surprise …

The famous cartoon series Obscure Cities of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters (Casterman, 1987) takes a new dimension in this radio reinvention. The partition of Bruno Letort plays with the ear vertigo, experimenting sound plans and polyrhythms of the orchestra.

This adaption will be recorded on December 23, 2017 in Studio 104 of Radio France. The adaption will be broadcasted by France Culture in January or February 2018, afterwards it will also be available as podcast.

Music: Bruno Letort
Adaption: Benoît Peeters
Production: Laure Egoroff

With the help of Orchestre National de France, directed by Jesko Sirvend. Soloists: David Torn (guitar) and Nadia Ratsimandresy (Ondéa).Sound effects by Sophie Bissantz and Céline Bernard.

Giovanni Battista : Arnaud Churin
Milena : Véronique Lechat
Elias : Claude Aufaure
Horatio : Jean-Paul Dubois
Claudius : Philippe Loffredo

Final scene “La Bataille” for “La tour”.
With these final chords Bruno Letort finish La Tour in November 2017