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LA CHIMERA

Eduardo Egüez

There are rare moments in life when art touches the depths of people, beauty and grace. This was the case during the Chimera concert with 'Gracias a la Vida'.
L'ECHO
Sabina Colonna Preti founded the viola da gamba consort La Chimera in 2001, which, since meeting Eduardo Egüez, has immediately taken on new forms and new wings. While retaining its sound characteristic of a viol ensemble, La Chimera has become a variable geometry formation composed of internationally renowned artists. La Chimera's activity focuses on the creation of original projects with a particular interest in the links between the ancient and modern worlds.

The first production of La Chimera, Buenos Aires Madrigal (17th century Italian madrigals and Argentinean tangos), was recorded on CD in the Early Fusion series (M.A. Recordings label), which was very well received by international critics. At its premiere, at Les Bouffes du Nord (Paris), the show was a huge success and subsequently performed in France (Opéra de Lille, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Arsenal de Metz), Belgium (Philharmonie de Liège, Salle Flagey in Brussels,), Italy (Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona), Spain (Teatro Jovellanos de Gijón, Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao).

In its second project, Tonos y Tonadas (M.A. Recordings), La Chimera combines musical and literary elements from Spanish Baroque to contemporary Latin American folklore. This programme was given in concert in Italy, Portugal and France (Grand Auditorium de Radio France), as well as in Luxembourg.

For the naive label, La Chimera recorded the album La Voce di Orfeo, based on the famous tenor Francesco Rasi to whom Monteverdi will give the role of Orpheus in his opera of the same name. The recording has won numerous international press awards (ffff Télérama - France, Diamant de l'Opéra - France, Excepcional de Scherzo - Spain, 5A Amadeus - Italy). This program has been given in France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Another album, Odisea Negra (naive) in November 2011, was the subject of a French tour, notably at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Arsenal de Metz and the Centre Lyrique d'Auvergne. This work traces a journey from West Africa to the Caribbean of Central America, mixing music from African griots, ancient music from Cuba and Peru, and contemporary folklore from Central America.

At the beginning of 2011, with soprano Céline Scheen, La Chimera created a new programme in Paris dedicated to the 17th century Spanish poet, Count Villamediana. The work is inspired by the author's letters to his friend the Duke of Olmedo.

Misa de Indios, Misa Criolla (2014) combines the famous Misa Criolla by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, composed in 1964, with works from South American colonial baroque and compositions by Eduardo Egüez. This project was recorded and published by the French label La Música, and has met with phenomenal public success since its creation: about 100 concerts have been given in France and Europe, and more than 10 000 records sold.

The last project, Gracias a la Vida (2018), explores the baroque music of Jesuit missions, comparing it with South American folklore. It focuses on an emblematic region of South America, originally covering the Guarani and Incas territories, later dominated by the Jesuits, but nowadays including the names of Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Gracias a la vida, named after the famous song by Chilean composer Violeta Parra, is a tribute to the music of these peoples.

As for the South American Baroque repertoire itself, the programmes Mexican Splendours (sacred music at the Cathedral of Puebla) and El Cancionerio Musical de Gaspar Fernandez reveal the polychoral splendours of 17th century New Spain, specifically those of the chapel masters of the prestigious Cathedral of Puebla, the pride of the Spanish crown. The sacred music composed for the religious festivities in Puebla testifies to the formidable syncretism fusing local traditions from pre-Columbian rhythms and dances, traditions of African populations who arrived in South America as slaves, and European heritage carried by Jesuit missions. Mexican Splendours was created at the Festival de la Chaise Dieu in 2018 and has aroused the enthusiasm of the public.

Management france, belgique & portugal

Vincent LAFOURCADE
vincent@concertsparisiens.fr
+33 (0)1 48 24 16 97
+33 (0)6 68 81 20 08

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