With Abel Selaocoe and Julia Bilat, my new cello mates in Stegreif Orchester! This guy blowed my mind… Abel is a monster of nature, a black Marlon Brando of the cello-sex-machine. He’s able to bring together the essence of western classical music and the ancient African culture, respecting and honoring both. What a beast!!!!
Abel, Abel, Abel … Like a soldier with post traumatic stress syndrome… my whole being is totally shocked by his commitment and power on stage … He brings to the cello an earthquake, a crash of two high speed trains in opposite directions which can be heard from out space. He is an explosion of human culture which can’t be measured or explained, you have to experience it, to witness what humanity is capable to do as a species… Damned!! This man doesn’t really need an instrument, he is a self-contained expression device. He makes the word “culture” to have a meaning for me… just a few times in my life I saw this. He contains the destiled essence of two radically different cultures, and crashes them by will in front of an audience, with milimetrical precision, like the large hadron particle collider– to bring something totally new and unexpected. Bravoooooo!!!!
Tomorrow we start a new production with Stegreif Orchester. I have been since day one in every project, it’s my joy to play with these guys… so each project I have to find out who my cello partner will be. For this production we will be three cellist… fireworks in my brain when I found out whom I am playing with. Shit! this guys play like god and they even have something to say, and say it loud!! Wow wow wow
I decided next 2018 I will stop focusing on music, to put all my energies back to theatrical performance. Where I feel I belong to. But this week I just got the confirmation that ecce cello will play in two of the greatest classical places of fucking planet earth: the symphony hall of Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam. Scheiße!! :D
In the Biennale will play giants like Jordi Savall, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Mischa Maisky or Giovanni Sollima. Of course I don’t compare myself to them, but being in the same program is a dream which exceeds all my expectations (but not my ambitions). Despite my lack of skills to be a great cellist or a composer with something to say (musically speaking), my love for music and my strength to create a self-contained-world which represents it with truth, allowed me to create a music project so much personal, that it doesn’t need virtuosity or a genius music. A path of seven years struggling for my music playing in the streets of Madrid, Los Angeles, Leipzig and Berlin will finish in a really beautiful way. I deserve it, and I will enjoy it like a child.
Carles Santos just passed away. This Spanish pianist and composer created a very personal and performative approach to the piano. He met John Cage in the 60`s and received the national music price in Spain. A beast of the scene Cales Santos composed and directed many theatrical plays, operas and performances. He was my inspiration when I was younger to create a personal relationship with my intrument, he opened the path for me… During one year I was working with his manager and I met him … but he was already a bit old. Have a good trip Maestro!!!
What a crazy week we spent together playing last concerts of #freeschubert project… we played for the major of Berlin, we played in big halls, in spaces with all people around us. How good it feels to be part of something else than your own projects. I’m just one more. Even if I was on stage with my cello before some of them were born (my cello companion is 21 years younger than me!!), when I am with them… I don’t know anything… I just let myself go and learn. I mean… obviously sometimes I loose my patience…. but not very often!!! Check it out!! http://www.stegreif-orchester.de/
It’s been seven years since I abandoned theater to focus on music. Today I came back setting up my new theatrical production after so long. With my dear Maureen Lopez always by my side. We had two weeks of artistical residence in Conde Duque Madrid. We enjoyed so much. We did it!!