VÉRTIGO Y LLAMA

Text by José R. Pascual-Vilaplana

“Vértigo y llama” (Vertigo and Flame) (2018) could be defined as a musical proposal based on the deconstruction of different pre-existing sound-making materials to give them a new use. Its author, José Miguel Fayos-Jordán (Chella, 1980) is an emerging figure of today’s musical creation with very carefully constructed proposals as regards working the sound of the vehicular element. His constant research in this aspect has generated diverse musical proposals, such as the one we present today, where the verses of the Mexican Octavio Paz (1914-1998) and his poem ‘El cántaro roto’ (The Broken Jug) are mixed with quotes from the “Llibre Vermell de Montserrat” (The Red Book of Montserrat) (14th century) as ‘Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa’ (Empress of the Happy City), giving way to a deconstruction of harmonic spectres that create different sounds that gradually hybridise throughout the whole composition. The idea of the inspirational poem speaks of returning to the origins to link the future, that kind of vital spiral that seeks growth and constant evolution, an allegory of the present of musical bands in contemporary musical culture.


OCTAVIO PAZ

La estación violenta (The Violent Season)
Fragment of the poem “El cántaro roto” (1958, FCE, Mexico)


“…para decir los pronombres hermosos y reconocernos y ser fieles a nuestros nombres
hay que soñar hacia atrás, hacia la fuente, hay que remar siglos arriba,
más allá de la infancia, más allá del comienzo, más allá de las aguas del bautismo,
echar abajo las paredes entre el hombre y el hombre, juntar de nuevo lo que fue separado,
vida y muerte no son mundos contrarios, somos un solo tallo con dos flores gemelas…”

JOSÉ MIGUEL FAYOS-JORDÁN


José Miguel Fayos-Jordan (Valencia, 1980) is a Professor of Composition and Head of Composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He studied composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, where he graduated with ‘Special Recognition Award’. He furthered his composition studies with López López, Sánchez-Verdú, Halffter, Bischof, Rueda, Sotelo, Billone, Lazkano, Cendo and Haas, although the person who has contributed most to his training is master A. Posadas.

As a conductor, he studied with maestro José R. Pascual-Vilaplana and attended conducting courses with Jan Cober. He has received several awards such as: 1st Prize of the II International Competition ‘Ciudad de Torrevieja’ (2005), Young Composers Award ‘Hui, hui música’ (2006), 1st Prize of the I Ibero-American Competition ‘Villa de Ortigueira’ (2006), III SPC/IVM Prize, European Creation Musical Workshop Prize (2013) and the ‘Carmelo Alonso Bernaola’ Prize awarded by the SGAE-CNDM Foundation (2013 and 2014).

He gives master classes on composition and analysis, including the following: Conservatorio ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ of Milan, ACO Conducting Academy (Portugal), Corsi Internazionale di perfezionamento instrumentale (Spilimbergo, Italy), University of Louisville-New Music Festival (USA), IFOB (2019), WASBE Conference (2019), COMRED (2020).

BARCELONA SYMPHONIC BAND

JOSÉ R. PASCUAL-VILAPLANA, CONDUCTOR


CLARINETS José Miguel Micó soloist, Natalia Zanón soloist, Joana Altadill, Eduard Betes, Valeria Conti, Joan Estellés, Montserrat Margalef, Manuel Martínez, José Joaquín Sánchez, Javier Vilaplana E-flat clarinet, Martí Guasteví alto clarinet, José Vicente Montesinos bass clarinet SAXOPHONES Maurici Esteller soprano, Dani Molina alto soloist, Marta Romero alto, Armand Franco tenor, José Jaime Rivera tenor, Joan Soler baritone | FLUTES Paula Martínez, Alejandro Ortuño, Josep Maria Llorens flute | OBOES Pilar Bosque soloist, David Perpiñán, Carla Suárez English horn | BASSOONS  Daniel Ortuño soloist, Laura Guasteví  | TRUMPETS Oleguer Bertran soloist / Germán Izquierdo soloist, Francisco León, Manuel Montesinos, Josep Miquel Rozalén, Miguel Zapata | TRUMPETS and FISCORNS Jesus Munuera soloist, Patricio Soler soloist, Maurici Albàs, Santiago Gozálbez, Susana Marco, Jesús Pascual, José Joaquín Salvador | TROMBONES Francesc Ivars, Eduard Font, Héctor Penades, Francisco Palacios bass | EUPHONIUMS Rubén Zuriaga soloist, David Pantín | TUBES Antonio Chelvi soloist, Francisco Javier Molina | DOUBLE BASS Enric Boixadós, Antoni Cubedo | TIMPANI Ferran Carceller soloist | PERCUSSION Mateu Caballé soloist, Ferran Armengol, Alejandro Llorens, Mario Garcia, Carme Garrigó, Carles Salvador | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Joan Xicola | EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR Susanna Gamisel | ARCHIVE Àlex Fernández | PHOTOS May Zircus and Ricardo Ríos | SOUND ASSISTANCE Toni Vila | MUSIC PRODUCTION Markus Heiland Tritonus Musikproduktion GmbH

Album recorded between 12 and 16 July 2021 in Hall 1 Pau Casals, L'Auditori de Barcelona.

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