A listening recommended to all lovers of experimentation and albums where the search for new sounds is at the center of the project. Anyone who knows Manongo’s music knows how interesting his musical research is, which explores very wide territories of Experimental music in particular.
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The story of "Del Cuarto Rojo" “ (From The Red Room)” began in March 2020, when the Peruvian composer and percussionist Manongo Mujica received a call notifying him that the visual artist Rafael Hastings, his friend of almost half a century, had passed away. Since then, and in the midst of the pandemic, Manongo Mujica began a personal journey searching for sounds, which has resulted in a new set of pieces that evoke the memory of a friendship.
"Del Cuarto Rojo" (“From The Red Room”), subtitled "Homenaje sonoro escuchando la pintura de Rafael Hastings" (“Sound Tribute Listening To Rafael Hastings' Paintings”), is Manongo Mujica's new album , and it has also motivated the preparation of a new show by the dancer and choreographer Yvonne von Mollendorff, wife of Hastings.
The history of this friendship dates back to 1974, when a young Manongo returned to Lima, after ten years living in London, while young Rafael Hastings and Yvonne von Mollendorff settled in Peru after a long period in Europe. Since then, the collaborations between these artists have been continuous, always marked by an experimental impetus. The attitude of listening to images and painting sounds was more than a metaphor, and became a code that identified them and a way of working, where the crossing of disciplines set the tone, both in video works and in unusual visual / conceptual scores, works of dance and experimental music, in the context of a creative effervescence that renewed the arts and music in Lima in the 70s.
“Del cuarto rojo” is an album that integrates many of the musical resources developed by Mujica. It is an amalgam that well sums up his own language: from the creation of environments with extended techniques and objects, to experiments in jazz fusion; from the use of field recordings and sound montages, to compositions with string arrangements: everything around the hypnotic pulse of percussion and drums, which oscillate between moments of subtlety and explosive improvisation.
The album features the participation of outstanding musicians such as Pauchi Sasaki (violin), José Quezada (cello), Terje Evensen (electronic effects), Jean Pierre Magnet (Saxophone), Cristobal, Daniel and Gabriel Mujica (sons of Manongo Mujica, on percussion, string and wind arrangements). It is published in vinyl LP, CD and digital formats, and includes a full color 12-page booklet with a sample of Rafael Hastings' visual art, which also illustrates the album cover. The CD version adds two bonus tracks.
Percussionist musician, composer and visual artist. He was a member of the psychedelic rock band Los Mad’s (1970), founding member of Perujazz (1984), the first band connecting Peruvian rhythms to jazz. Pioneer of free improvisation in Peru in the mid ‘70s. Manongo Mujica has given concerts in diverse stages round the globe, he has composed diverse soundtracks for films and presented shows which bring together music, visuals and dance. Manongo Mujica has collaborated with artists such as Terje Evensen, Acid Mothers Temple, Richard Pinhas, João Pais Filipe, Alan Courtis, Martin Joseph, etc.
released April 29, 2022
Manongo Mujica - Del Cuarto Rojo LP
01 Desierto / Amarillo de Nápoles
02 Huacas / Paréntesis en el tiempo
03 Mar / Sin inicio
05 Cuerpos en fuga
07 Incendios / La piel expuesta
08 Latido final
Bonus Track CD/DL
09 Voces del mar
10 Humor Negro
Idea, composition and musical direction by Manongo Mujica
Pauchi Sasaki (Violin)
Jose Quezada (cello)
Terje Evensen (Electronic Effects)
Jean-Pierre Magnet (Saxophone)
Manongo Mujica, Daniel Mujica and Gabriel Mujica (Percussions)
String arrangements on "Mar / Sin inicio" and "Neblina",
Wind arrangements in "Cuerpos en fuga" by Cristóbal Mujica)
Recording and mixing at La Encía del Leopardo Studio
by Juan Jose Salazar, Lima, Peru
Mastering at Sensei Mastering by Mario Breuer, Córdoba, Argentina
General coordination: Marlene Miyashiro
Art direction: Pauline Barberi
Graphic Design: Juan Shimabukuro
Photography of paintings by Rafael Hastings: Carlos Rojas
Black Dunes Photography: Pauline Barbberi
Back cover photography by Mariano Zuzunaga
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Superb dynamic between these excellent players. Chad's drumming can remind me of Max Roach one minute, then Brian Blade the next, but always sounds entirely like himself. Just a great record all around. jhardycarroll