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BLANCO, J.: Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time) (Blanco)

BLANCO, J.: Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time) (Blanco)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Juan Blanco

Soloist

Tata Guines

Soloist

Neil Leonard

Soloist

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 64:06
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BLANCO, J.: Nuestro Tiempo (Our Time) (Blanco)

     
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JUAN BLANCO

     
1 

Cirkus Toccata

12:47
  Tata Guines Soloist
     
2 

Musica para Danza

05:28
     
3 

Ella

15:40
     
4 

Loops

09:28
     
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Espacios V

11:41
  Neil Leonard Soloist
     
6 

Galaxia M-50

09:02
     
 Juan Blanco Soloist


 The term pioneer is often tossed around casually when it comes to electronic music, but there’s no other way to describe Cuba’s Juan Blanco (1919–2008). In 1942—more than 20 years before the Beatles used a mellotron on “Strawberry Fields Forever”—Blanco drew up a design for a sampling keyboard with each key coupled to a wire recorder. But like many musicians in Cuba—and many artists and writers in countries like Russia and China—Blanco’s achievements in electronic music and its intersection with traditional music have gone largely unnoticed. Nuestro Tiempo / Our Time should start to change that.

 
Taking its name from the group Blanco founded to promote the arts in Cuba in the ‘50s (Sociedad Cultural Nuestro Tiempo), this album brings together significant works from the span of Blanco’s career. “Cirkus-Toccata” (1983) blends Blanco’s percolating prepared tape part with the percussion of Cuban legends Guillermo Barreto (timbales) and Tata Guines (congas). Created with only one oscillator, tape splicing, feedback and basic overdubbing techniques, “Musica para Danza” (1961) is presented here for the first time, a revelation of lo-fi electronics. The most recent work is “Espacio V” (1993), part of a series that features Leo Brower, Neil Leonard, and Paquito D’Rivera following an electronic score created with the Jupiter 8 synthesizer.
 
Blanco was a true pioneer. You can hear it in the ceaseless exploration of these works, in their tireless commitment to letting the work unfold in its own timeframe. Blanco broke down boundaries between what electronic music and the traditions of Latin music could accomplish (admired by Che Guevara, he was known to take PA systems to the sugar fields to entertain the workers). Here, his music comes alive in all its alien, vintage, indigenous glory.
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