Notes and Editorial Reviews
1. Dia Claro
4. Ritmica 6
5. Bambu Se Fue a la Guerra
7. Santa Fe
8. Guasa en el Charquero
9. Bandeja de Plata
10. La Soledad
Personnel: Alonso Toro (soprano & alto saxophones, wind controller, trombone, keyboards, melophone, percussion), Luis Julio Toro (flute, percussion), David Moreira (violin), Gonzalo Grau (keyboards), Ruben Rebolledo (guitars), Alejandro Rodriguez (fretless bass, bass, keyboards), Nelson Sarda (drums, timbales), Vladimir Rivero, Alexander Livinalli, William Troconis
Recorded at Arte Digital, Caracas, Venezuela. Includes liner notes by Luis Manuel Guzman.
All songs written by Alejandro Rodriguez except "Cacao" (Gonzalo Grau), "Guasa En El Charquero" (Alonso Toro) and "La Soledad" (Paul Desenne).
At a time when, because of various technological developments, the interaction between cultures is so intense, 'Maroa' establishes a coherant and very personal musical language within the diversity of cultures that coexist in Latin America. To describe the music of Maroa, the term 'multiculturalism' would probably be the most appropriate. The historic conditions that give rise to multiculturism are hardly a new thing; let's not forget that the great civilisations of the past, like the Romans, were experts at absorbing and integrating the cultures and religions of the different civilizations that they conquered, mixing them with their own experience and developing a synthesis that produced very specific artistic manifestations. The history of the Caribbean reflects a comparable process: the blending of dissimilar cultures thrown together by historic circumstance - it's a story that has been repeated over and over again. - Luis Manuel Guzman Read less
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