#This Is Not A Music Break
The Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID) and the Spanish Embassies in Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. present #ThisIsNotAMusicBreak, a series of multidisciplinary music videos published every 15 days, created from collaborations between Spanish artists and artists from each of these countries.
#ThisIsNotAMusicBreak is part of the VENTANA – A Window to Spanish Culture program, which aims to foster collaboration between Spanish artists and cultural institutions with their international counterparts.
Pan de pájaro
Carlos Ramírez and Isabel Martín
Pan de pájaro is a jota by Carlos Ramírez and Isabel Martín, the duo also known as Milo ke Mandarini, with the collaboration of Japanese percussionist Takashi Tajima and video creator David G. Ferreiro.
Bagpiper and writer
Galician bagpiper and writer Cristina Pato joins pianist, composer and UCLA professor Arturo O’Farrill for this unique improvisation of Carla Bley’s iconic Útviklingssang, recorded at Sharp Shifter Lab in Brooklyn during the pandemic. Both “New Yorkers” came into the studio with the idea of having a musical conversation, but when Arturo began playing Carla Bley’s composition on the piano, Cristina decided to join him creating this rendition of Útviklingssang.
Guajira y lágrima
Duo del Mar
Spanish guitarists Duo del Mar (Marta Robles and Ekaterina Záytseva), Portuguese guitarist Marta Pereira and Belgian dancer Nelle Hens created this hymn of longing for nature during the 2020 lockdown, captivating images of nature in their respective hometowns through dialog between guitar music and dance.
Sol e Sombra
Music producer and composer
Itziar Barrio, ex-fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, created this audiovisual work in collaboration with composer and sound designer Seth Cluett. A materialist investigation into matter and multitudinous manifestations of the micro, Particle Matter approaches its subject in a rhizomatic fashion, utilizing the dialectical language of the montage to explore the forces catalyzing and created by the movements of the fragmented and microscopic, the pieces left over. Particle Matter is best experienced with headphones.
Carceleras. Barbián: Zarzuela-Kabarett
Carceleras. Barbián: Zarzuela-Kabarett –directed by Fernando Carmena and performed by Rodrigo Cuevas from his farm in Piloña (Asturias, Spain), with musicians Frank Merfort and Richard Veenstra from Berlin– is a contemporary reinterpretation of Carceleras, a piece originally composed by Ruperto Chapí in 1885 for the zarzuela entitled El país del abanico.