Grito Del Corazón
About this work:
Grito del Corazón (Cry of the Heart) was inspired by Goya’s “Black Paintings. ” Their haunting, stark quality was deeply compelling to both myself and videographer Katherine Aoki. When the Ensemble Barcelona Nuova Musica wanted to commission a work for their Painting Music program, premiered on November 20, 2001 at the VIII Festival de Cinema Independent de Alternativa 2001, I immediately recalled my intense response to Goya’s paintings in the Prado, and suggested this theme. The contents of the paintings deal with terrifying subject matter, such as Saturn devouring his Son (Saturno Devorando a su Hijo). In all cases, the images invoke fear and trembling. I met videographer Katherine Aoki at the MacDowell Artist Colony, and it was there that we decided to collaborate on this project.
The performer is a collaborator in the process of realization. The sonic world should be inspired by and reflective of both the digital musical and visual images. Versions are available for a variety of solo and chamber combinations. Grito del Corazón has been performed by numerous soloiosts and ensembles, including Da Capo Chamber Players at the Knitting Factory in NYC, on tour by the NeXT Ens, at the Sonoimagene Festival in Buenos Aires and at the Ai-Maako Festival in Santiago. It has also been presented at festivals and conferences including ISCM-Miami in 2002, SEAMUS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the US) 2003 and ICMC (International Computer Music Festival) 2004. It is published by Wendigo Music.
Year composed: 2001
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation notes: Instrumentation can be varied - from solo (cl, vln, vla, pno etc) to chamber ensmble. Grito has been performed with ensmbles including percussion, piano, violin, flute, clarinet, cello and many other solo and chamber combinations.