Monthly Archives: February 2010

The New Man

After several generations of revolution, the Soviet Union had perfected the New Man: a functionary capable of sacrificing his moral principles, groveling in hierarchical pyramids to carry out the orders of a psychopathic tyrant who continued to massacre people from … Continue reading

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Unknown Pabellón

In 1997, the record company Musicarte released the first work of Pabellón Sin Baranda, the trio whose founders became friends in the Gran Mariscal Orchestra of Ayacucho. Like many other groups of new Venezuelan music, Pabellón was born in the … Continue reading

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Camerengata

Usually, musicians mention in their CVs their most celebrated teachers. I am attracted to the opposite idea: I would mention in mine the students – brilliant musicians – whom I had the pleasure of knowing in the cello department at … Continue reading

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Hades

Semiology considers all of human speech as a great text that is analyzed in the way Don Quixote is analyzed. All the sounds of a social group can also be dissected, like the work of Mozart in a class of … Continue reading

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The Antidote

The Latin Grammy Awards, whose ceremony has the perfume of novelty, the shine of a platinum disc, is glorified in its own right this year (2009) for a simple reason: the grand prizewinner never worked in the register of prizes … Continue reading

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The Ceiling

Last week (October 25, 2009), we analyzed the passage of traditional, rural Venezuelan music to urban forms – the result of a generation of talents working with passion to distill and synthesize the substance without losing the original virtues. In … Continue reading

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1984 / Ensamble Gurrufío

Ensamble Gurrufío has a truckload of energy, historically required to take the music of Venezuelan family patio gatherings onto the street and beyond. In the 1950s and ’60s, spaces dominated by tropical orchestral music had to make way for a … Continue reading

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Lux Æterna

Without the prodigious creativity of Hungarian composer György Ligeti, the most perfect cinematic work of Stanley Kubrick perhaps would not have had the same significance. Without asking his permission, the film director used Ligeti’s choral work Lux Æterna to rivet … Continue reading

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Molecular Cumbia

Last Sunday, the cultural radio station in Caracas advertised a program on the new musical movement in Colombia. In the colorful list of groups, I recognized La Mojarra Eléctrica and Puerto Candelaria – the first serves fried cumbia in a … Continue reading

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Music and the City

We can’t talk about music in the city without talking about the urban spaces designed for it and other related activities (conservatories, theaters, museums) where a citizen can escape his warren, his corporate-chip existence, to at last enjoy his own … Continue reading

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