THE DEAD EMCEE SCROLLS has been set to music composed by Thomas Kessler and performed by The Arditti String Quartet.
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”I write poetry because it is the clearest and most direct expression of how I think. I take pride in being called a poet mostly because it feels like an ordination. I did not grow up thinking of myself as a poet, so it is an honor to be considered one. So far, I've wriiten four books that fall under the category of poetry. For me, they chronicle my growth as an artist, friend, lover, father, son, and individual. My goal has never truly been to become an amazing poet, rather I have worked at becoming more expressive, thoughtful, and harmoniously balanced, and courageous enough to live my life as a poem. My writings simply chronicle my journey and vision. They are the residue of the work that I'm doing on myself.“ ~ Saul Williams

“Williams is the guy. He has chosen a sublime path in the hip-hop world: yes, a "road less traveled." He is the prototype synthesizer between poetry and hip-hop, stage and page, rap and prose, funk and mythology, slam and verse. He is one of spoken-word poetry's most charismatic performance poets alongside Regie Gibson and Patricia Smith. Williams opens for rock bands and appears in films and records with the legendary producer Rick Rubin. Avoiding classification, The Dead Emcee Scrolls is unique in voice, daring in its trust to chance, and more concerned with wordplay than grandeur. It is strongly musical, uncorrupted, raw, and challenging. These writings span Williams' artistic life since 1994, including journaling that charts his experiences in a clear, truthful hand, in spite of some metaphysical wanderings. Williams chose to preserve the passion and immediacy of his inspiration, but some reworking would clarify his vision. As it stands, this collection is frustrating and engaging, although there is a definite payoff for those who stick with it.
~ Mark Eleveld
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Irvine Arditti: violin
Ashot Sarkissjan: violin
Ralf Ehlers: viola
Lucas Fels: violoncello

The Arditti Quartet is an internationally acclaimed string quartet founded in 1974. The quartet is associated particularly with contemporary music.

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Several hundred string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti (b. London, 1953) in 1974. These works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Gavin Bryers, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, James Dillon, Hughes Dufourt, Pascal Dusapin, Brian Ferneyhough, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Gyorgy Ligeti, Conlon Nancarrow, Michael Nyman, Roger Reynolds, Wolfgang Rihm, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Iannis Xenakis show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.

Over the past 25 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for "lifetime achievement" in music.


Thomas Kessler was born in 1937 in Zurich. After studies in German and Romanic linguistics at the Universities of Zurich and Paris he studied composition with Heinz Friedrich Hartig, Ernst Pepping and Boris Blacher in Berlin where he founded his own electronic studio in 1965.

In the following years he was director of the Berlin Electronic Beat Studio and musical director of the Centre Universitaire International de Formation et de Recherche Dramatiques in Nancy. From 1973 until 2000 he taught composition and theory at the Basel Music Academy and created the well-known electronic studio there. Together with Gerard Zinsstag he founded the festival "Tage fuer Neue Musik" in Zurich and the live-electronic music festival "ECHT!ZEIT" with Wolfgang Heiniger in Basel.

As a composer of numerous instrumental chamber music, orchestral music and live-electronic music compositions, he is interested in the interactions between musicians and electronics. Thomas Kessler lives in Basel and Toronto.