On the first single (musical) voyage of global circumnavigation. Music of M. Flecha the Elder, J. des Prez, C. de Morales, R. de Pareja, J. de la Encina, A. de Cabezón, M. Kagel and H. Luaces
VERSO 1 (Introito) "Iniciamos, con felicísimos auspicios, nuestra navegación": arrangement on Todos los buenos soldados (M. Flecha the Elder / H. Luaces)
EXÓTICA: SPAIN-CANARY ISLANDS
VERSE 2 "Y sólo el mar océano ante nosotros". Musical paraphrase on Mille Regretz (Josquin des Prez / H. Luaces)
EXÓTICA: BRASIL - RIO OF JANEIRO
EXÓTICA: ARGENTINA - SAN JULIAN - CAPE VIRGENES
VERSE 3 "A Dios nos encomendamos" Musical paraphrase on Magnum Misterium (C. de Morales / H. Luaces)
EXÓTICA: MARIANAS ISLANDS
EXÓTICA: SAMAR - CEBU - PHILIPPINES
VERSE 4 "Hemos descubierto y dado la vuelta a toda la redondez del mundo" (Ramos de Pareja / H. Luaces)
EXÓTICA: MALUKU ISLANDS - TIDORE - INDONESIA
VERSE 5 "La muerte vino a nuestro encuentro" (J. de la Encina / H. Luaces)
EXÓTICA: CAPE OF GOOD HOPE - SOUTH AFRICA
EXÓTICA: CAPE VERDE - SIERRA LEONE - GUINEA
VERSE 6 "Guadalquivier arriba, hacia Sevilla" (A. de Cabezón / Hermes Luaces)
Juanjo Guillem, artistic direction
Esther Ciudad, organ
Iván Ferrer, sound direction
What did the first sailors who made the ever first circumnavigation voyage listen to at every point of their route?
This musical voyage on time and space takes musical ideas from different times: Mauricio Kagel's Exotica, music of 16th century in the Spanish court and Europe, and the contemporary musical arrangements of several of this musics by Spanish composer Hermes Luaces; to compose a musical tribute to that expedition that had an enormous impact on the conception of the world at the time.
The route of this musical voyage follows the same route that the expedition of Magellane and Elcano took on the 16th century to achieve one of the most heroic and -at the time- complicated missions: navigate around the globe by the very first time. Comparable to the later expeditions to the outer space, the circumnavigation voyage lasted 3 years in which only 18 men remained of 270 who originally left the Spanish coast and were able to return on one of the five ships that made the journey originally.
In Exotica Kagel challenges the performers to use non-european instruments (more than 100) to recreate non-european musics with different grades of exactitude or similarity. With this idea on mind Hermes Luaces paraphrases some of the most well know works and popular songs of the time at the Spanish court, integrating a contemporary element to these musics with the organ in the centre, as if it was the Victoria, the only ship that ended the journey.