The Lorca Namorado show was premiered in the Praza da Quintana in Santiago de Compostela on May 30, 2019. The composer and pianist Abe Rábade brought to the stage a personal version of the 6 Galician Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, the only work of the brilliant Granadan author written in a language other than Spanish.
The fact that Lorca chose the Galician language for a collection of poems is, in addition to a historic gift, a statement of intent that delves into the experimental and risky conception of the arts.
Lorca Namorado has touches of different styles such as “xota”, “soleá”, “bulería” and “muiñeira vella”. A lullaby and a jazz ballad complete the show atmosphere. One foot in the Galician tradition, another in flamenco and his hands in jazz, which knows how to hybridize because he was born grandiosely impure.
The project presents songs based on the 6 Galician Poems, respecting the delicious rhythm that connects each line with a touch of “foliada” or “tablao”.
There are 5 solo songs for the five male voices of the talented Salvador Sobral, Arcángel, Davide Salvado, Kiki Morente and Marcelo do Bode (two flamenco voices, two traditional Galician voices and one jazz voice). The last of the pieces, dedicated to Rosalía de Castro, has the three vocal traditions mixed. In the refrains, the protagonism is for 3 female voices: the wonderful Lilaina.
The instrumentalists were chosen because of their stylistic open-mindedness and the genuineness of their sound. Enrique Rodríguez is the flamenco trumpet player par excellence at the moment; Pablo Castaño, after part of his biography in New York, is currently researching the sonority of the Alalá on alto saxophone; Yago Santos plays flamenco guitar like an angel and his ear is always open to other music; Pablo Martín Caminero attacks the baroque, flamenco, jazz or experimental double bass with the same exquisite sensitivity; Naíma Acuña is a factory of groove and balanced timing; and Moisés Fernández has a powerful “soniquete” on the flamenco box drum.
Miguel Rodríguez (dancer) and Isaías Salazar (dancer), do one piece each. They also tackle together the halfway point of the show: a Romance adored by Lorca (the one of Santa Irene), converted here into the “Rance de Santo Amaro”. This song is an interlude sung by Lilaina with tambourines, flamenco box drum and drums to accompany the dance.
Lorca Namorado closes with the great Susana Seivane on bagpipes. She performs a piece written from the traditional music of the Carnival of Viana do Bolo (in the province of Ourense), one of the most genuine cultural expressions of Galicia.
The video-creator Laura Iturralde makes interventions in real time during various parts of the show. And the fabulous Quico Cadaval is in charge of stage direction.
Abe Rábade developed this project
after a year of creative process
between the cities
of Santiago de Compostela and Seville.
“Symbols are all dense fabrics,
flags without air or light to walk on them.
And then the fire will make them burn
in caresses that cut the skin.
And perhaps the water (always the water)
will end up cleaning them
with the renewed earth of a remote field
that the river washed away in passing:
the essential can only be impure.“
Abe Rábade, May 2019