ecce cello is an attempt to creating an autonomous musical instrument. building a legitimate tool of expression. the sound of what one is, that gives voice to a battered music; crowned with thorns, fateful. crossed by a vague hope sustained in the reaffirmation of individual identity in front of the mass.
two diametrically opposed elements join in this music and this new cello: the tradition of european classical music –represented by one of it’s most archetypal musical instruments– and the latest technologies –present in both the electric version of the cello as in the smartphone coupled to it’s bridge, which serves as a looper and live sound processor–.
the latin phrase ecce homo translates as: behold the man or this is the man. assumes that pilate uttered these words when he showed jesus flogged, bound and crown of thorns. it’s used colloquially to mean “physically battered, bruised and punished” …the german philosopher nietzsche also titled one of his last books, of autobiographical content: ecce homo. how one becomes what one is.
all music composed, arranged and recorded by ©2011 david fernández / ecce cello. pictures ©Micha Santo.