FOLK UTOPIAS: THE VALIDITY OF TRADITION AND MUSICAL ROOTS IN THE TIMES OF DECENTRALIZATION
The question is simple: does folk still exist today? Not exactly the traditional song but the autonomous and conscious creation of a sound based on the elements of each region. In times when cultural identity is diluted and any localized artistic outbreak is susceptible to being engulfed by marketing, we see how in some areas of the globe folklore is still respected as a musical base. Examples such as the Shanggan Electro or Singeli arise in Africa as modern transformations of musical currents that date back centuries. Would an electronic language made with instruments from each region be possible or are we facing an utopia? That said, what would “folk” mean today: a style or an idea that will be transformed in the future with digital communities?
Víctor Flores is a journalist, DJ, curator and cultural programmer. He was a resident dj, co-programmer and press officer at the Vademecwm club (Vigo) and a founding member of the SINSALaudio collective, as well as head of cultural marketing at Red Bull. Throughout his long career he has gone through various styles of electronic music and toured diverse venues and festivals. We must also highlight his incursions into projects away from the dance floor and into a more experimental court, such as Lost in Sound (CGAC, Santiago de Compostela), IFI (Pontevedra), or the cycle ‘The sound of the poets’, organized by the Department of Culture of Xunta de Galicia, musicing the poems of the writer and journalist Anxo Quintela. He has also played at events such as the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO), the Gijón Film Festival or the MID_E festival.
Camille Hédouin (AKA Mounqup) arrived in Galicia from his native Nantes in 2011 to settle in the village of Pardavedra (A Bola, Ourense) and be part of the recovery project of the village of Saumede. He quickly integrated, learning Galician, a language he uses in his compositions alongside French and English. His vision of electronic music connects directly with Icelandic Björk, but also with Animal Collective, Grace Jones, The Knife or Tune-Yards. His latest work, ‘Castro Verdi’ (Molho, 2018) is a step forward in his career by venturing into electronics with tribal dyes and experimenting with incidental music. Some media define it as worldtronic although she prefers to speak of “rural vocal electronics.”
Faia Díaz Novo (De Vacas, Coro Encaixe, Apatacón) has just presented her first solo album ‘Ao cabo leirín’, produced by Hevi (Malandrómeda, Fluzo) and in which the singer unites traditional song and timeless sound spaces under a look Galician songbook staff transmitted by women. All an enhancement of oral tradition and female voices with an experimental record recorded in rigorous direct and in which FAIA pays tribute to their land, Os Ancares, using its dialect variant and demonstrating the richness of the Galician language. A vindication of rural, customs and Galician popular culture through experimentation, but also a round-trip dialogue with the past, which aims to provide continuity, reinvent and accommodate it to the present.
Xandre Outerio is a musician with an extense experience in the field of traditional music. He has been part of O Tear de Lerena and A Máquina de Meter Medo, in addition to collaborating with groups and artists such as PelDeNoz and Nelson Quinteiro, and working on productions for documentary soundtracks and audiovisual proposals with Marta Verde. In ‘… de Infinitum’, his latest show with Projecto [´Trepia] he mixes music, dance, sampling of bases and, above all, “de-construction, not destruction” of the Galician musical tradition coexist, using acoustic traditional instruments, fragments of field recordings, electro-acoustic zanfona as the main solo instrument and live vocals and percussion.
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