Premiere of 'Teocalli' at the Reina Sofía Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid

Date:5 July 2011
Time:7.30 pm

The piece Teocalli will be premiered at the main auditorium of the Reina Sofía Contemporary Arts Museum in Madrid as part of the event 'El laboratorio del Espacio' curated by members of the Laboratorio de Informática Musical (LIEM).

The piece will be broadcast by the Spanish National Radio (RTVE).

More information about the event can be seen here.


Obras multipista seleccionadas en el concurso "Laboratorio del Espacio" Francisco José Martín Jaime Olopo Noc 7:15Felipe Otondo Teocalli * 10:41David Alarcón Yo vivo 7:32Julián Ávila Slap 8:08 Enrique Igoa Obertura para un paisaje urbano 13:30 Sebastiá Llinares Roca La música de las esferas 5:00Juan Antonio Lleó Tsoundnami 9:01 Time: 19.30

* Premiere

Teocalli (2011)

This piece is roughly inspired by the short story The night face up by Julio Cortázar in which a man driving a motorbike is involved in an accident and ends up in the hospital. In the middle of his hazy fever, he dreams he is a fugitive trying to hide from the Aztec Indians, who are active in their annual man hunt for the ritual human sacrifice. The short story alternates between the hazy environment of the hospital and the intense environment of the jungle and the sacrifice temple 'Teocalli'. The composition borrows from the story the idea of parallel narrative structures using as source material various percussion rhythms recorded in the streets of Mexico City, field recordings and interviews with Zapoteco Indians in various locations in Mexico. This work was conceived and composed while working as a composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden. The piece is dedicated to Xicotencatl Martinez-Ruiz and all the Mexican friends that helped me to collect the field recordings and interviews for this piece.

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Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Associated staff:Felipe Otondo
Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK