Gregory Emfietzis – Sisyphus Victimised

Very pleased with the outcome of my collaboration with Gregory Emfietzis, Gwenaelle Rouger and the London Symphony Orchestra in; «Sisyphus Victimised», presented in LSO Soundhub Showcase Concert, LSO St Luke’s, Saturday 11 January 2014.

…This composition is dealing with the sadistic and often barbaric methods used by all powerful forces of this world against human beings of every national, cultural or other background in order to extinct any sense of incompatibility or personal differentiation . Giancarlo Livraghi’s words  from a relevant article, describe with precision my thoughts on this matter:

“There are, as awful today as they have ever been, situations of genocide, with the extermination of whoever is perceived as “different.” When and where it isn’t organised murder, it’s slavery, persecution, exploitation, famine, disease and inhuman conditions not only in (apparently) remote places, but also in some parts of so-called “advanced” economies and cultures. That isn’t only cruel and horrible. It’s also very stupid.”

Combined with the ideas of illiberality and obscurantism discussed earlier, this type of modern “slavery” has been tackled by Albert Camus in his take of the Sisyphus myth:

“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor”

(Gregory Emfietzis)





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