Fátima Miranda performed in El Tanque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife a few nights ago. Four octave range intact. Too many people missed the show however those present were satisfied.
I think she can emit a sound that can register less that 0.01dB, your slightest move means you could have missed it. The ultimate in breath and voice control. You note the muscles in her face moving ever so slightly. She sings in more than one tongue. What is emitted is evokes Tuvan throat singers, or reminiscent of the Sufi lyrics of Nusrat Ali Khan and Aziz Mian. We had a brief conversation afterwards and she told me she had seen Nusrat perform twice. As Aziz would do, it seems that dialogues with a God were talking place during her performance. Moments of discourse and possession, with deep voices turning child-like in less time than it takes to blink. She knows how to play with the lighting, shadows and the surrounding space very well too well, at one moment slipping behind her companion Marc Egea – who was holding us together with the drone tones his hurdy gurdy – and without missing a turn, taking over his instrument with one hand, while he moved to play a flute. Fascinating all ’round. Big hand of applause to Nestor Torrens and Pura Martinéz for bringing Fátima and Marc to our doorstep, and to Daniel Badal for precision handing of the lights.
Fátima: Entre Salamanca y Samarkanda (Cantos Robados)
Hello strangers. Been tied up with getting our label onto the digital distribution thang, among other things. so the blog has been neglected. A week friday, Sept. 19th, is the beginning of Festival Boreal, situated by the coast of the town called Los Silos, Tenerife. The festival came into being several years ago, born at the unveiling of a skeleton of whale which oversees the spot where the event now takes place. On hand will be several local acts of various persuasions and textures, and countless activities, from the artistic, holistic, environmentally focused and the adventurous. I’ll be doing the closing set on Saturday night, which kinda became a tradition for awhile. The festival also returns to the coastal site, after a couple years up in the local square.
So I sign off with none other than…..’Back for another one’ by Casey Veggies Feat. Tyler, The Creator – Odd Future
Spanish TV music program Mapa Sonoro, takes it name because it travels around the country, and it’s territories, such as the Canary Islands. It is creating a national map of sound. Episode 45(rpm)
Somebody had my back, El Especialista Manel, a dj based in Las Palmas, recommended me to the program producers, so the producers called me up, and we spoke about Canarian culture, my habits, daily routine etc.
The program fixed me up with Germán López from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. He plays the Timple, a five string instrument, that is very common in these parts. It is not to be confused with the Ukelele. I had been casually looking for a Timple player for nearly two years, and the wait was worth it. He played one of his compositions, called Lux, a delicate melody evoking the surroundings hit my ears, and that was that. Really keen to do a respectful remix of this asap, then get my butt over to Las Palmas for another studio session with the man.
Major thanks to the crew of Mapa Sonoro: Carola Guerreo, Roberto Herroros and Xavi Lensman.