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Trinity Project feat. Boho Players

Trinity project feat Boho Players

Video interacting live with the orchestra.

Total duration: ±65 minutes; no intermission


  • Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings (11’)

    Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo

  • Ravel, Un grand sommeil noir (5’) – Sarah Laulan
  • Vivaldi, Cum dederit from Nisi Dominus (5’) – Diana Gouglina

  • Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings (4’)

    Valse: Moderato – Tempo di valse

  • Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre (6’) – Sarah Laulan; optional: CMRE violin soloist
  • Franz Schubert, Der Tod und das Mädchen (3’) – Sarah Laulan
  • Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings (9’)

    Élégie: Larghetto elegiaco

  • Astor Piazzolla, Los pájaros perdidos (4’) – Sarah Laulan
  • Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (7’) – Diana Gouglina

  • Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings (9’)

    Finale (Tema russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito
About Boho Players

What does classical music contribute to the modern world? What does it mean to be a classical musician in today’s internationalized society? Is it possible to present classical music as a source for societal self-reflection?

With his new 13-player string orchestra BOHO Players conductor David Ramael seeks to answer these questions in an openminded and unconventional way. David Ramael was originally inspired by the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of his birthplace and hometown Borgerhout. Cognizant of the importance of dialogue in this rich melting pot of cultures and traditions, he seeks to rethink  the format of classical music concerts, inviting the listener to participate in a meaningful dialogue with the musicians- before, during and after the performance - on a wide range of social, demographic, cultural and ecological issues.

About the project

On July 16th, 1945, the United States exploded the first ever atom bomb and thus ushered in the nuclear era. This was followed shortly after with the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing untold devastation and the start of the Cold War nuclear arms race.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist in charge of the Manhattan Project, code-named the very first atomic weapon detonation “Trinity”, after the poem by early 17th century poet and cleric John Donne. Coincidentally the U.S. Army was using the same frequency as the nearby Voice of America radio station. During the countdown for the detonation, the radio broadcast encroached on the countdown, and this with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

To commemorate this horrific event in world history, and draw attention to the ever present nuclear threat, BOHO Players present a unique program built around Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade. Singers Sarah Laulan and Diana Gouglina will interpolate each movement of the Serenade with art songs and arias. These songs offers a window into the fear, helplessness and resignation felt by ordinary people towards this nuclear Damocles’ sword.

About my work on the project

I started to work on this project on summer 2015.  At this time, David Ramael, the conductor, only founded the anecdote of the radio broadcast encroached to the countdown of the first ever nuclear explosion, and had an idea for different tracks to accompany it.

During our research, we found the Allen Ginsberg’s poem « Plutonian Ode » (read it below) and we came out with this cycle idea in mankind history, from peace to hate to nonsense to war back to peace again.

Plutonian Ode – Allen Ginsberg

I

What new element before us unborn in nature? Is there
a new thing under the Sun?
At last inquisitive Whitman a modern epic, detonative,
Scientific theme
First penned unmindful by Doctor Seaborg with poison-
ous hand, named for Death’s planet through the
sea beyond Uranus
whose chthonic ore fathers this magma-teared Lord of
Hades, Sire of avenging Furies, billionaire Hell-
King worshipped once
with black sheep throats cut, priests’s face averted from
underground mysteries in single temple at Eleusis,
Spring-green Persephone nuptialed to his inevitable
Shade, Demeter mother of asphodel weeping dew,
her daughter stored in salty caverns under white snow,
black hail, grey winter rain or Polar ice, immemor-
able seasons before
Fish flew in Heaven, before a Ram died by the starry
bush, before the Bull stamped sky and earth
or Twins inscribed their memories in clay or Crab’d
flood
washed memory from the skull, or Lion sniffed the
lilac breeze in Eden–
Before the Great Year began turning its twelve signs,
ere constellations wheeled for twenty-four thousand
sunny years
slowly round their axis in Sagittarius, one hundred
sixty-seven thousand times returning to this night

Radioactive Nemesis were you there at the beginning
black dumb tongueless unsmelling blast of Disil-
lusion?
I manifest your Baptismal Word after four billion years
I guess your birthday in Earthling Night, I salute your
dreadful presence last majestic as the Gods,
Sabaot, Jehova, Astapheus, Adonaeus, Elohim, Iao,
Ialdabaoth, Aeon from Aeon born ignorant in an
Abyss of Light,
Sophia’s reflections glittering thoughtful galaxies, whirl-
pools of starspume silver-thin as hairs of Einstein!
Father Whitman I celebrate a matter that renders Self
oblivion!
Grand Subject that annihilates inky hands & pages’
prayers, old orators’ inspired Immortalities,
I begin your chant, openmouthed exhaling into spacious
sky over silent mills at Hanford, Savannah River,
Rocky Flats, Pantex, Burlington, Albuquerque
I yell thru Washington, South Carolina, Colorado,
Texas, Iowa, New Mexico,
Where nuclear reactors creat a new Thing under the
Sun, where Rockwell war-plants fabricate this death
stuff trigger in nitrogen baths,
Hanger-Silas Mason assembles the terrified weapon
secret by ten thousands, & where Manzano Moun-
tain boasts to store
its dreadful decay through two hundred forty millenia
while our Galaxy spirals around its nebulous core.
I enter your secret places with my mind, I speak with
your presence, I roar your Lion Roar with mortal
mouth.
One microgram inspired to one lung, ten pounds of
heavy metal dust adrift slow motion over grey
Alps
the breadth of the planet, how long before your radiance
speeds blight and death to sentient beings?
Enter my body or not I carol my spirit inside you,
Unnaproachable Weight,
O heavy heavy Element awakened I vocalize your con-
sciousness to six worlds
I chant your absolute Vanity. Yeah monster of Anger
birthed in fear O most
Ignorant matter ever created unnatural to Earth! Delusion
of metal empires!
Destroyer of lying Scientists! Devourer of covetous
Generals, Incinerator of Armies & Melter of Wars!
Judgement of judgements, Divine Wind over vengeful
nations, Molester of Presidents, Death-Scandal of
Capital politics! Ah civilizations stupidly indus-
trious!
Canker-Hex on multitudes learned or illiterate! Manu-
factured Spectre of human reason! O solidified
imago of practicioner in Black Arts
I dare your reality, I challenge your very being! I
publish your cause and effect!
I turn the wheel of Mind on your three hundred tons!
Your name enters mankind’s ear! I embody your
ultimate powers!
My oratory advances on your vaunted Mystery! This
breath dispels your braggart fears! I sing your
form at last
behind your concrete & iron walls inside your fortress
of rubber & translucent silicon shields in filtered
cabinets and baths of lathe oil,
My voice resounds through robot glove boxes & ignot
cans and echoes in electric vaults inert of atmo-
sphere,
I enter with spirit out loud into your fuel rod drums
underground on soundless thrones and beds of
lead
O density! This weightless anthem trumpets transcendent
through hidden chambers and breaks through
iron doors into the Infernal Room!
Over your dreadful vibration this measured harmony
floats audible, these jubilant tones are honey and
milk and wine-sweet water
Poured on the stone black floor, these syllables are
barley groats I scatter on the Reactor’s core,
I call your name with hollow vowels, I psalm your Fate
close by, my breath near deathless ever at your
side
to Spell your destiny, I set this verse prophetic on your
mausoleum walls to seal you up Eternally with
Diamond Truth! O doomed Plutonium.

II

The Bard surveys Plutonian history from midnight
lit with Mercury Vapor streetlamps till in dawn’s
early light
he contemplates a tranquil politic spaced out between
Nations’ thought-forms proliferating bureaucratic
& horrific arm’d, Satanic industries projected sudden
with Five Hundred Billion Dollar Strength
around the world same time this text is set in Boulder,
Colorado before front range of Rocky Mountains
twelve miles north of Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility in
United States of North America, Western Hemi-
sphere
of planet Earth six months and fourteen days around
our Solar System in a Spiral Galaxy
the local year after Dominion of the last God nineteen
hundred seventy eight
Completed as yellow hazed dawn clouds brighten East,
Denver city white below
Blue sky transparent rising empty deep & spacious to a
morning star high over the balcony
above some autos sat with wheels to curb downhill
from Flatiron’s jagged pine ridge,
sunlit mountain meadows sloped to rust-red sandstone
cliffs above brick townhouse roofs
as sparrows waked whistling through Marine Street’s
summer green leafed trees.

III

This ode to you O Poets and Orators to come, you
father Whitman as I join your side, you Congress
and American people,
you present meditators, spiritual friends & teachers,
you O Master of the Diamond Arts,
Take this wheel of syllables in hand, these vowels and
consonants to breath’s end
take this inhalation of black poison to your heart, breath
out this blessing from your breast on our creation
forests cities oceans deserts rocky flats and mountains
in the Ten Directions pacify with exhalation,
enrich this Plutonian Ode to explode its empty thunder
through earthen thought-worlds
Magnetize this howl with heartless compassion, destroy
this mountain of Plutonium with ordinary mind
and body speech,
thus empower this Mind-guard spirit gone out, gone
out, gone beyond, gone beyond me, Wake space,
so Ah!