MATERia emphazises the Latin dual root of the word: on one sense is understood as matter, material, substance which things are made of; but there is other sense that indicates return, origin, that is mater, mother. That both are exactly the expressed concepts in the concert curated by Ángel Arranz last March 9th at La Casa Encendida, Madrid in the framework of Festival SON organized by musicadhoy.
MATERia picked up the exceptional works for live electronics and acousmatic music of six young Spanish composers, three women and three men: Germán Alonso, Raquel García Tomás, Josué Moreno, Nuria Giménez Comas, Abel Paúl y Teresa Carrasco. It gave form to a recital in which conceptual continuity was a developed special feature.
The main idea was to explore the mental territory, aesthetically and culturally, between the European areas in which these authors live and the origin they all share. It was like an expansive musical map that showed last tendencies in Europe, and in turn expressed a sort of contraction towards Spain. In a certain way, it did put an emphasis to the contradiction between the huge talent Spain has abroad and the current economical framework.
David Cristóbal Litago, saxophones and Akane Takada, piano did an amazing work taking complete advantage of the radial octophonic set distributed around the patio of La Casa Encendida. We tried to produce a recital in which the performative action could be not only listened to, but as well felt it by the mere proximity of the musicians to the audience. Somehow, sounds sourrounded both, performers and audience, so it contributed to a more inmersive presentation of music enjoyed not only by the musical activity, but sound and light strategies.
MATERia – Festival SON musicadhoy, Madrid, un álbum en Flickr.