“La Graciela”

“La Graciela”

Calixto Raúl Araújo Monroy (Colombia)

The title refers to a herd called "La Graciela", between the towns of Aguazul and Maní in the Department of Casanare, an area where we went to learn about the history and the music. The initial sound reference is the recording of birds and insects in the bush at dawn and dusk.

You can hear the songs of alcaravans, parrots, unidentified birds and insects such as cicadas. At first, we worked with the randomness of these sounds with an improvisation on the cuatro, a chordophone representative of the area, and synthesizer sounds that are assembled to the sonorous cushion of the landscape of the area.

Subsequently, it is assembled on the rhythmic-harmonic base of the Tonada Llanera played on the "cuatro", on the key of A minor, which is conjugated with a group of metals: initially the horns in a harmonic way, the tuba in a reiterative singing of the bass and a trumpet that on the notes E-Fa simulates a lament. A melody is insinuated in the saxophones over which is superimposed a mixed chorus played on the Mysteria instrument of Native Instruments, with which we express the pain of the massacres that have occurred in the area.

Immediately the tonada fades away to give way to "Quitapesares" in the same key, with an instrumentation based on the rhythm-harmonic of the cuatro as a cohesive element, on the melodic flute and later on the bassoon, over the harmony of the violins in spicatto and the violas in legato, which is answered in part B by the horns.

The theme is repeated on xylophone and marimba with percussion and trombones.