Matador -2009

Currently exhibiting at SoundLab’09 and FILE’09

This piece is a homage to Ignacio Sánchez Mejías and, perhaps, the best-known poem of Federico García Lorca ‘Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías’. Ignacio Sánchez Mejías was a Spanish bullfighter and poet much admired by artists from Generación-del-27 – an influential group of Spanish avant-garde poets (1923-1927). This piece of music portrays a series of tumultuous incidents related to the tragic death of the Matador Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. By using discontinuities within the musical landscape, and selected modulations of several frequency spectra around numerological rationales (with an emphasis in the numbers 13 and 16, but more in this later), a cinematic landscape is attempted to narrate a series of biographical events on the life of this matador. “After retirement, 1934 Ignacio Sánchez Mejías returned to bullfighting and on August 11, 1934 Sanchez was bullfighting in place of a fellow Matador (Ortega Cano) … the bulls were great that day and he did not want to seem like he was avoiding them. He had no car, no hotel, not even a cuadrilla (bullfighting team). For the first time in his life, he turned to the lottery and drew two tickets with the numbers of the bulls of Ayala that he was scheduled to fight. The first, number 16, Granadino, docile, thin-horned and coarse-skinned, nevertheless gored him. He did not want to be operated on in the miserable infirmary and asked to be taken back to Madrid, but the ambulance took several hours and the trip went very badly. Two days later he was diagnosed with gangrene. He died, in pain and delirium, on the morning of the 13th.” This is one of many stories that my father (a bullfighter aficionado), used to tell me when I was younger and this piece also reflects my perception of life as a continuum in which discontinuities shape meaning being ‘death’ the type of discontinuity I am must intrigued by. I hope you enjoy the piece. References: (1) Andrés Amorós, Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. Alianza Editorial, 1998. ISBN 8420638579; (2)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Sánchez_Mejías.

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