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Goyan Bego – live

March 12, 2012

October 6, 2011
Centro cultural BOD-Corp Banca
Caracas, Venezuela

Handbells: David Marcano, Ricardo Martínez y Dacio Medrano
Piano: Xavier Losada

Production: Proyecta Comunicación

Recording engineer: Marcel Fernández
Video: Raúl Colmenares
Audio engineer: Eder Soto
Stage Manager: Tyrone Vera
Stage Lighting: Tirso Machado
Scenery: Soluciones Arquimad

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The illusion of leaving lives on the right path,
the illusion of being longed and not needed.
The illusion of being a father and dying a father.
The illusion of ending in heaven next to the sea.

“Today my aitona died. To think about him is to feel privileged, to recognize an always growing admiration, his love for life and his grumpy attitude without being ungrateful. In him I’ve always seen a superman, without the german, without the bewilderness, just a superman.

His environment was never stable and life always seemed to challenge him, until today, after having tried each one of the encountered tests he laid down to sleep, he saw himself, for a few minutes, confused and knew that he had to face the next trial.

From Aitona I kept the love for chocolate, that creating a family is the most heroic enterprise a man can engage and that there isn’t a single one more gratifying, that before everything else the right thing must be done, that happiness can’t be found in memories, it’s felt and lived, that there’s no tragedy which excuses putting the head down and
stopping, the grouper in green sauce and the peacefulness of my home. That standing out from others is not a goal, that money is not a value, the calmness, the struggle, the politics, the tragedy, the encounter, the isolation, the eating, to fight, to sleep and to wake up are all life, and life is happiness.

My Jean Valjea, my Übermensch and my aitona, I cannot be more than immensely proud of you and tell you that remembering you makes me happy.”

Album Song


Weil’s Trip – live

February 6, 2012

October 6, 2011
Centro cultural BOD-Corp Banca
Caracas, Venezuela

Piano: Gerry Weil & Xavier Losada

Recording engineer: Marcel Fernández
Video: Raúl Colmenares
Audio engineer: Eder Soto
Stage Manager: Tyrone Vera
Stage Lighting: Tirso Machado
Scenery: Soluciones Arquimad

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Gerry had died the night before.

In between telephone calls, dreams and prayers I managed to talk him.

He

seemed

younger.

Inmersed in pride and sadness I told him we had things to do, that he shouldn’t leave

– at the time I didn’t realize that I don’t tend to think in death as a determinant key in relationships -.

With his innocent and wise vision he made me understand we would still be working together…

We should wait for me to wake up.

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Weil’s Trip is part of La Uña, El Martillo y Los Pensamientos Imposibles (2011)

Weil’s Trip

July 6, 2009

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Gerry had died the night before.

In between telephone calls, dreams and prayers I managed to talk him.

He

seemed

younger.

Inmersed in pride and sadness I told him we had things to do, that he shouldn’t leave

– at the time I didn’t realize that I don’t tend to think in death as a determinant key in relationships -.

With his innocent and wise vision he made me understand we would still be working together…

We should wait for me to wake up.

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Weil’s Trip is part of La Uña, El Martillo y Los Pensamientos Imposibles (2011)

Diego, the moon & the sea

October 30, 2008

…to Diego who cruises the sea 

Diego, the moon & the sea.mp3 (Rough mix)

I woke up today in a weird mood. After getting married at the seashore, wearing exuberant clothes and naked feet I took a deep nonsense sleep. I dreamt a… no, I didn’t dream. In the meantime I met him: philosopher, ascetic and capricious.

Then he told me his story:

Night: He stood for a long time by the sea interested in his doubts and sensations. After numerous slow minutes he began to be unnoticed. Knowing or not that he had been ignored he decided to swim under the sun.

Diego, the sea: Every star has a sound, wrinkled and prudent is a color, at least a tone of some pair. While they grow and bounce on the water they wait and stay preserved with joy. When the sun falls they appear afloat.

Moon: One stroke, two strokes… three strokes, four strokes… He was hope and illussion. Every immersion became eternal; every immersion was reflection and rest.

The dream: A wave is a phrase, a message that intimidates and disappears, then attracts and resigns, until I become sea it rise me and makes me feel sleepy

The ship: Fifteen strokes, sixteen strokes… almost dancing he deepens without stop. He was always anxious and happy, eager to find more road. Knowing or not that he had been watched the night began to grow.

The shore: Hum! Ah! Hum! Ah! A big ship was rowing. The illussion ignored the fatigue, the moon was lightning and making day behind the oars. The tide revealed and concealed, revealed and concealed, revealed and concealed… revealed and concealed… revealed and concealed… revealed and concealed…

The End: He fell in a deep sleep and then became night, moon and life. Years passed by and he found love, he took it with naked feet and exuberant clothes to the seashore and celebrated the ceremony that now bind them.

He rested all night… The next day he found a kid that would tell him his story.

The Theme

“Diego, the moon & the sea” is part of La Uña, El Martillo y Los Pensamientos Imposibles (2009)
Writen & recorded by Xavier Losada

Picture: Hugo Losada
Paint “Diego, la luna y el mar”: Andrea Ces

Amusia – La Uña, El Martillo & The Impossible Thoughts

March 24, 2008

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear.”
John Cage

I. The song started as a research of noise, rhythm and melody interpreting certain amusia‘ degrees.

II. Later, I saw The Rest is Noise. The title inmediately made me think it would be part of the theme.

III. With a half-read book I started to write. 4:33 by John Cage would give shape and sense to the composition.

Amusia walks, minute after minute, between noise, rest & melody until it reachs our surroundings, the no-silence.

…maybe rest.

 

Amusia.mp3

What is rest? What is noise? What is this all about? Sounds & crowd making their way. Just listen, listen their way. Silence.

Amusia

Thanks Alex Ross for “The Rest is Noise“.

A musical listening test
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Toru’s Garden – La Uña, El Martillo & The Impossible Thoughts

August 7, 2007

“…many compositional ideas came to me from old Japanese gardens… I love gardens. They do not reject people. There one can walk freely, pause to view the entire garden, or gaze at a single tree. Plants, rocks, and sand show changes, constant changes.”
Toru Takemitsu

The Theme

Listen clipToru’s Garden.mp3

The Concept

Toru Takemitsu developed the idea of interpreting garden strolls through compositions. He assigned different rolls to each group of the orchestra while the piano walks and observes.

Departing from essays like Mirror and Egg and a composition exercise commissioned by Gerry Weil, I placed a touched walker stood in the middle of a garden which is slowly changing.

The theme develops between the “passer-by” (F), represented by the main piano, and the garden – piano and guitar. Among them is a piano-tuner, the time (C), who approaches, dripping, little by little.

As he observes, analyzes and assimilates, he mutates. The perception of time is always changing.

Toru’s Garden Spiral

With the passing of events, the garden, the time and we become one.