El Viento: The Garcia Lorca Project

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vince Mendoza has arranged and composed some of the most startlingly impressive symphonic jazz of modern times, but El Viento might be his most ambitious project. Teamed with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra, Mendoza's idea to make grandiose music based on the persona of poet, playwright, painter, and pianist Federico Garcia Lorca is not only a stroke of genius, but well conceived and executed with the extraordinary talents of this large ensemble. This idea was essentially initialized by Lorca himself in 1931 as the Ur-Lorca Project, formalized in 1979 by vocalist Camaron de la Isla and composer/producer Ricardo Pachon, further formulated by Niko ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vince Mendoza has arranged and composed some of the most startlingly impressive symphonic jazz of modern times, but El Viento might be his most ambitious project. Teamed with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra, Mendoza's idea to make grandiose music based on the persona of poet, playwright, painter, and pianist Federico Garcia Lorca is not only a stroke of genius, but well conceived and executed with the extraordinary talents of this large ensemble. This idea was essentially initialized by Lorca himself in 1931 as the Ur-Lorca Project, formalized in 1979 by vocalist Camaron de la Isla and composer/producer Ricardo Pachon, further formulated by Niko Langenhuijsen and his group Caoutchouc in 1992. By 1998's centennial celebrations of the birth of Lorca, this concept via Langenhuijsen's arrangements had grown into a full-blown fusion of Spanish flamenco, big-band jazz, and Lorca's word play as performed live in Utrecht. Ten years later, the modernized concepts of Lorca (who died in 1936) come to full fruition via Mendoza and Metropole. This was far from a simple feat, as Mendoza's jazz-oriented charts are both beautifully soaring and complex in their development. The band pulls it off brilliantly, with encouragement from the magnificent lead singers Eva de Dio or Rafael de Utrera, expressing the folkloric Spanish style, the cante jondo (deep song), duende fever, and flamenco-inspired music so much a part of this culture. High drama is the key to these compositions, especially during the three-part suite "Historietas Del Viento," composed and arranged by Langenhuijsen. Upper horizon strings and a vocal choir moves to a rich, jazzed samba/flamenco-flavored chart, and the acoustic or electric guitar of Daniel Mendez, with a 12/8 section driving the expressive, emotional singing of De Dio to conclusive heights. Joan Albert Amargos contributes charts of traditional pieces; the spoken word intro to jazz waltz swinger "De Los Cuatros Muleros" and tender "Los Mozos De Monleon" with an oboe or harp respectively brightening things up. Pachon revisits two of his compositions -- "La Cancion Del Mariquita" via Mendoza's chart in a majestic and upbeat flamenco as lofty high strings hover over Marc Scholten's Michael Brecker-like neo-bop tenor sax solo, and "La Leyenda Del Tiempo," which again showcases the tenor, this time inspired by dance tap from Daniel Navarro, hand clapping, and a quick, joyous refrain. Two other traditional pieces are adapted by Mendoza, as "La Tarara" uses the most folkish acoustic approach with strings and an excited flamenco-derived pace, while "Sevillanas Del Siglo XVIII" is the group at its most festive, using castanets and a 6/8 shout-out vocal style for purely seductive, fever-pitched purposes. This was originally a 90-minute concert presentation, edited and abridged somewhat here for the CD format. If you are familiar with Lorca's poems, you will certainly hear them come to life on this remarkable recording, but if discovering them for the first time, you can easily be captivated by their beauty, strength, and resolve so much the centerpiece of Spanish heritage, an old world, heartfelt passion that still remains in our modern era. Bravo!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Act Music + Vision
  • UPC: 614427949028
  • Catalog Number: 9490
  • Sales rank: 170,351

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Mendoza & the Metropole Orchestra Primary Artist
Vince Mendoza Indexed Contributor, Conductor
Bart Van Lier Trombone, Group Member
Max Boeree Saxophone, Group Member
Lucia Domski Violin, Group Member
Linda Dumessie Violin, Group Member
Wim Grin Cello, Group Member
Henk Heijink Trumpet, Group Member
Jan Hollander Trumpet, Group Member
Leo Janssen Saxophone, Group Member
Dennis Koenders Violin, Group Member
Wim Kok Violin, Group Member
Roel Koster Group Member
Dan Navarro Dancer, Soloist
Marijn Rombout Violin, Group Member
Efrain Toro Percussion
Hans Vroomans Piano, Group Member
Arlia de Ruiter Violin, Group Member
Elin Carlson Choir, Chorus
Ruud Breuls Trumpet, Group Member
Jelle Schouten Trumpet, Group Member
Peter Tiehuis Electric Guitar, Group Member
Mieke Honingh Viola, Group Member
Daniel Mendez Guitar, Soloist
Erica Korthals Altes Violin, Group Member
Jos Beeren Saxophone, Group Member
Julia Jowett Viola, Group Member
Arend Liefkes Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal), Group Member
Marc Scholten Saxophone, Group Member
Joke Schonewille Harp, Group Member
Janine Abbas Flute, Group Member
Willem Luijt Oboe, Group Member
Jan Oosting Trombone, Group Member
David Peijnenborgh Violin, Group Member
Mariël Van Den Bos Flute, Group Member
Marianne Van Den Heuvel Violin, Group Member
Jan Willem Van Der Ham Bassoon, Group Member
Herman Van Haaren Violin, Group Member
Jan Bastiani Trombone, Group Member
Jaap Branderhorst Double Bass, Group Member
Frank Wardenier Percussion, Group Member
Murk Jiskoot Percussion, Group Member
Bastiaan Van Der Werf Cello, Group Member
Jennifer Barnes Choir, Chorus
Cindy Bourquin Choir, Chorus
Udo Demandt Cajon, Soloist
Emile Visser Cello, Group Member
Sarah Koch Violin, Group Member
Martin van den Berg Trombone, Bass Trombone, Group Member
Iris Schut Viola, Group Member
Annie Tangberg Cello, Group Member
Jascha Albracht Cello, Group Member
Vera Laporeva Violin, Group Member
Paul van der Feen Saxophone, Group Member
Hans Van Der Zanden Group Member
Alexandra Welch Viola, Group Member
Maarten Jansen Cello, Group Member
Arno van Nieuwenhuize Drums, Group Member
Daniel Navarro Dancer
Janine Teepen Bassoon
Seija Teeuwen Violin
Technical Credits
Vince Mendoza Producer
Andy Waterman Engineer
Ricardo Pachon Composer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Eduardo Reyes Percussion Engineer
José Heredia Composer
Niko Langenhuijsen Arranger, Composer
Traditional Composer
Eduardo Arroyo Cover Art
Jonathan Allen Engineer
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