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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Tensions at the Vanguard: New Music from Peru (1948-1979)

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Pogus Productions POGUS 21065-2
Release Year: 2012
Note: amazing collection of early experimental / electronic music from Peru, you won't know the names of these composers but this "wild" mixture of tape compositions, electronic experiments & 'new music' in classical formations with acoustic instruments; curated by LUIS ALVARADO, comes with 24p. booklet in Spain & English; for explorers of exotic electronics !
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"This new Pogus 2 CD compilation, Tensions At The Vanguard, curated by Luis Alvarado (writer, journalist, sound poet), presents some of the most important pieces of the Peruvian musical vanguard of the 1960's and 70's, offering a representative sample of works and composers from this important period in Peruvian music. This release also includes a 24-page booklet - in both Spanish and English - with an essay giving an overview of the works, the composers, and a brief musical and social history of Peru during this time.

CD 1: Edgar Valcrcel: 'Invencion' for magnetic tape (1967), Leopoldo La Rosa: 'Andes N1 1969' for orchestra (1969) (Fragment), Csar Bolaos: 'Intensidad Y Altura' for magnetic tape (1964), Walter Casas: 'La creacion' for piano (1971), Luis David Aguilar: 'Mayhuay' for string quartet (1971), Francisco Pulgar Vidal: 'Detenimientos' for violin and piano (1967), Jos Malsio: 'Danza' for orchestra (1948-1950). CD 2: Enrique Pinilla: 'Prisma' for magnetic tape (1967), Alejandro Nuez Allauca 'Gravitacion Humana' for magnetic tape (1971), Celso Garrido Lecca: 'Intihuatana' for string quartet (1967), Pedro Seiji Asato: 'Quasar IV' for two pianos & contrabass (1973), Enrique Iturriaga: 'Cuatro Expresiones for violin' (1967), Arturo Ruiz del Pozo: 'Lago de Totoras' for magnetic tape (1978).

A note: A number of the tracks here are taken
from live recordings that were not necessarily intended for release. While our best efforts have been made to reduce the original broadband noise, we found it necessary to allow some to remain in order to preserve clarity. This new Pogus 2 CD compilation, curated by Luis Alvarado (writer, journalist, sound poet), presents some of the most important pieces of the Peruvian musical vanguard of the 1960's and 70's, offering a representative sample of works and composers from this important period in Peruvian music. This release also includes a 24-page booklet - in both Spanish and English - with an essay giving an overview of the works, the composers, and a brief musical and social history of Peru during this time. Thirteen works by thirteen different composers - 5 tape pieces and 8 instrumental works - give an excellent introduction to some fascinating composers who are known outside of Peru in varying degrees, if at all. These composers explored serial, electronic, electroacoustic, and aleatoric music during a time of tension between politics and the avant-garde in academic music in Latin America. The 1960s and 1970s were particularly difficult years for Latin American social movements, and a time when the concepts of vanguard, revolution and universalism enter into complex interactions. These works and their composers ask not how much experimentation occurred, but what the use of these techniques represent and to what extent did these musicians and their music engage critically with modernity ? Our hope is that the listener will find some or all of these composers and their works of interest, and will further explore the music made by these fine composers as it hopefully becomes more available over time." [label info]

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