VOL. V - SPAIN

"Paso de la Antorcha" feat. Sonia Sanchez Martinez & Pablo Rega

Video

Cooperation

Sonia Sanchez Martinez: dance/shoes & Pablo Rega: guitar/effects

Topic

Tradition - Keeping and Transforming

Process

Since our cooperation partners Sonia Sanchez Martinez (dance) and Pablo Rega (guitar/effects) repeatedly incorporate elements of the Spanish tradition into their artistic work and know how to celebrate them musically and performatively in a free context, we have as a source of inspiration for our joint work Project the quote:

"Tradition is the passing on of fire and not the worship of ashes."

With this mental starting point, Sonia and Pablo entered an artist residency in the theater in Barcelona and in an intensive working phase, in the course of improvisations, they collected vocabulary for our joint composition. As a result, they sent us a great video including audio, which left plenty of room for us as a duo to experiment and comment, to contribute our thoughts both musically and cinematically.

After a delayed period of exploring Spanish music as a duo (traditional and modern approaches to a certain extent) and analyzing the same meticulously recorded material, we extracted succinct elements and incorporated them into our musical language. This process was very inspiring and educational. The sources of inspiration were very different: the rhythms and sounds from the shoes of the flamenco dancers, the general accentuation of the rhythmic phrases, the structures and scales of traditional Spanish songs, as well as the timbre of the performers.

Our next step was to carefully enrich the existing recordings with building blocks from this large collection of ideas and gradually to form a piece from them. Together with our recording engineer and sound designer Arthur Fussy, we then recorded the appropriate elements and embedded them with the help of sensitive mixing.

Finally, we turned to the video material. We were very lucky with the source video of Sonia and her expressive movements of the shoes. This attitude, together with the sound, created very strong scenes right from the start and told an independent story. So we also kept these sequences as a guide throughout the video.

With short breaks and quick cuts, we set lightning-like impulses with material that was recorded with Johannes Kerschbaummayer, our visual artist, which refers to the music in order to tell further stories in which the other musicians also have space. We perceive these as abstract "memories" of the past, which often go hand in hand with traditions.