Nick Roth Music

Xenia (2018)

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, actor, violin, piano and amplified objects

Commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre in 2018, Xenia is an RSVP to the invitation by the Bealtaine Festival to consider the philosophical implications of Jacques Derrida’s “Of Hospitality”.

The book, an invitation by Anne Dufourmantelle, discusses the impossibility of the absolute Other, observing that in the Greek and French languages the words 'Xenos' and 'Hôte' respectively mean both guest and host. 

An impermanent and transitory art like music knows much about the nomadic nature of our passage through time. The trace, Xenia, is alive, a motion of the wind.