James Erber’s Crai for two soprano saxophones is to be performed by Antongirolami & Selva duo at Area Sismica in Forlí on Sunday 10 March as part of a programme of British music.
Crai was written for Gianpaolo Antongirolami and Michele Selva, who recorded it at Area Sismica last December.
Erber says that the work’s title refers to a passage from Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli, a memoir of the year he spent in internal exile in a remote area of Southern Italy, as a result of his political activities:
“In this timeless land the dialect was richer in words with which to measure time than any other language: beyond the motionless and everlasting crai every day in the future had a name of its own. Crai meant tomorrow and forever; the day after tomorrow was prescrai and the day after that pescrille; then came pescruflo, maruflo, maruflone; the seventh day was maruflicchio. But these precise terms had an undertone of irony. They were said less often to indicate this or that day than they were said all together in a string, one after the other; their very sound was grotesque and they were like a reflection of the futility of trying to make anything clear out of the cloudiness of crai.”
In Crai, there are two strictly-notated saxophone lines, which do contain points where pitch and (more especially) rhythm coincide, but which are mostly not quite synchronous, creating the sensation of vertiginous atemporality which Erber wanted.
Crai, as well as other works by James Erber, is proudly available in Composers Edition catalogue.James Erber Profile & Works
HaikuFestival PETER EVANS solo | ANTOGIROLAMI & SELVA duo
Sunday 10 March 2019, 6pm
Associazione Culturale AREA SISMICA, Via Le Selve 23, 47121 Forlì – Loc. Ravaldino in M.
Gianpaolo Antongirolami & Michele Selva play James Erber’s Crai, among other works