Primera Palabra

About forgiveness, after Ashley’s words

Written for Neopercusión. For 3 percussionists (snare drum and tam-tam).

Winner of the Call for Works of the III European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion.

Live audio recording by Neopercusión

Video recording by Ensemble TMC

Premiere: 6th of March of 2017 in Madrid (Auditorio 400, Museo Reina Sofia).

Concerts: 9.03.2018 in Segovia (Ensemble TMC); 31.03.2018 in El Escorial (Neopercusión). 14.07.2019 in Xàbia (Spain) – III European Meeting of Contemporary Percussion.


“Primera palabra –based in the text ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23:34)– is built into the idea of forgiveness, both the action and its context. For three percussionists but using a really reduced set, in this work an amount of irregular, imprecise and human geastures coexist to create an always-growing mass.

This piece was also inspired by the American artist Ashley Paul, who lived in residence with the composer, and her vision about how the mistake and the doubt can be incited and be treated like sound material.

“I saw this incredible beauty in the act of failing” – Ashley Paul, Etopía, 21st December 2016