On July 3rd, Mike Patton and the Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble will pay tribute to Italian composer Luciano Berio with their own version of Laborintus II. Written in 1965 to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth, Laborintus II is based on the “Laborintus” poem by Edoardo Sanguineti and “highlights the timelessness of love and mourning and is told in three voices,” according to a press release. In 1973, Berio performed the piece at the Holland Festival alongside a blow-up doll and old car tires. In 2010, Patton and the Ictus Ensemble recreated the performance at the same festival, which is eatured on this forthcoming release.
“I can listen to Berio and Nono as easily as I can to Morricone but like all modern music of Italy, it is unfortunately marginalized,” Patton explained recently to Dutch newspaper, NRC Handelsblad. “Maybe because of the language barrier, maybe because it’s not easily understood. Berio, who was teaching in California when he wrote this piece, was listening to jazz, pop and folk music and incorporated all of it in his works without prejudice.”
Patton’s Laborintus II is out July 3rd via Ipecac Recordings. For a preview, check out a clip of Patton’s Holland performance below.