Primera Palabra

About forgiveness, after Ashley’s words

Commission by Neopercusión (Spanish Percussion Ensemble). For 3 percussionists.

Video recording

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).

 

“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

They are not talking about us

for Wind Orchestra, Strings, Choir and Soprano

On a text by Emilio Lledó Iñigo

Commission by Miquel Rodrigo. Dedicated to Miquel Rodrigo, Llanos Martinez and Elena Ruiz
Premiered 30th November 2015 – Miquel Rodrigo conducting Csma’s Sinfonietta, María de los Llanos and Coro de Cámara del Csma – Zaragoza, Mozart Concert hall. “Ciclo conciertos de Otoño”

Concerts: 1.12.2015 (Zaragoza, Auditorio Eduardo del Pueyo, Miquel Rodrigo conducting Csma’s Sinfonietta, María de los Llanos and Coro de Cámara del Csma); 06.05.2017 (Segovia, Vicente Uñón conducting Ensemble TMC, Mónica Luz)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71e-TyxnXNI

 

“They are not talking about us” was the biggest piece I composed during my Composition studies. It is based on texts by the Spanish philosopher Emilio Lledó which I took and reorder to create a new structure. The piece is about a land which had a dark past and now has no hope, despite the times might be better. In this work the use of the voice in the instrumental ensemble was an important topic, such as the aim of creating theatrical geastures.

Never there

Talking to Macbeth

for Oboe d’amore
Commission by Colectivo E_7.2. Dedicated to Pilar Fontalba, Juan José Eslava and Pablo Ramos
Premiered 10th November 2015 – Pilar Fontalba – Pamplona, Gayarre Theatre, “Ciclo After Cage”

Also performed in Donosti, Salamanca and Zaragoza

 

“Never there. Talking to Macbeth” emerges from a spoken voice, who pronounces words. the meaning of these words disappears; the rhythm and the unique sound of the voice is what we are going to hear in this work.  The irregular –but natural– rhythm that is produced unconsciously when we read, think or talk.

This time the voice, the oboe, reads Macbeth in a intimate and close way.

Aún dormimos

Diferencias sobre pasado y presente

for Mixed Choir
Commission by the Government of Aragón. Dedicated to Elena Ruiz Ortega and Coro de Cámara del Csma.
Premiered 19th April 2015 – Coro de Cámara del Csma – Alfranca’s Palace
Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA7j2xafbwU

“Aún dormimos. Diferencias sobre pasado y presente” was the first work in which I explored and included theatrical geastures. The piece is about the character of ‘don Quijote’, as it was a commission to celebrate the 200 anniversary of Cervantes’ second book.