No doubt they can feel pain by Silvia Rosani published on 2016-11-30T21:25:37Z No doubt they can feel pain has been written for the United Instruments of Lucilin and premiered in September 2016 in Luxembourg. The composition is conceived so that it starts in the lobby before the whole concert starts where the members of the ensemble are organised in three groups and, without their instruments, engage in conversation about a specific topic – in this case vegetarianism – with as many members of the audience as possible. After a few minutes the performers start to leave the space one by one and, once they have taken their instruments, go back to the lobby and start playing fragments at their own choice from the scores which have previously been arranged in the lobby. Gradually, what was a speaking crowd transforms into a listening crowd, while the spoken word leaves space to the sound produced by the ensemble. After a while, some of the performers go to the concert hall and start playing there, so that the audience in the lobby experience two different sources of sound, thus one coming from the space where they are and the second in the concert hall. Slowly, people are drawn to the hall, towards which also the last few musicians left in the lobby eventually move. In the concert hall, the ensemble is organised in three positions and, again, the sound material starts to be intertwined with spoken words exchanged among the members of the ensemble. The piece ends as it started, in pure conversation.