A historical reconstruction of the “Minas conspiracy”, a frustrated attempt to overthrow the colonial government in the late 18th century. The film criticizes the official version of the incident and questions the political commitment of intellectuals.
Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on a journey to the Big City. On the way, more miracles occur, but Macunaima still has the heart and mind of a child. In the Big City, he is co-opted by terrorists who enlist him in their revolutionary schemes. In the Big City he learns that nuts are not always food and other hilarious lessons of life.
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus new album “Al viento” was sketched out in Icelandic territory, with Valgeir Sigurösson in his Greenhouse studio, then later completed in Spain with Didier Richard, drives the nail home.
The composer Joaquim Homs Oller (1906-2003), from Barcelona, is surely one of the most important musical personalities of the second half of the twentieth century in Spain. With its quality and beauty, the chamber music with guitar occupies an outstanding place in the artistic output of the Catalan composer. The nine works recorded here, all composed between 1959 and 1992, reveal the maestro’s creative evolution and the depth of his musical language which, in performances by the Salamanca Ensemble and the guitar duo + Que2, take on a new and fascinating dimension.
Joaquim Homs was a Catalonian composer, schooled in Schoenberg's twelve-tone techniques, so one might expect to hear music that shouts "I'm different, I'm learned, respect me!" However, Homs' piano music, particularly as played by Jordi Masó, speaks more for the person who wrote it, rather than for itself. Much of it is atonal and composed following prescribed techniques, but it is at the same time very evocative and emotionally expressive.AllMusic
Pedro Iturralde is one of the most admired Spanish composer-performers of the last half-century. An important innovator in the fusion of jazz and flamenco styles, he has also enriched his music with folk and classical idioms. One of his best-loved pieces is the Hungarian Dance, for two saxophones, whilst Suite Helénica blends jazz idioms with southern Greek folklore. Zorongo Gitano is a classic example of his fusion style, full of alluring harmonies and rhythms. The composer’s definitive versions of these works were made especially for this recording.