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Tensions At The Vanguard
21065-2,  2 CDs, $22.50
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Tensions At The Vanguard
New Music From Peru (1948 - 1979)

CD 1: Edgar Valcárcel: INVENCIÓN for magnetic tape (1967) / Leopoldo La Rosa: ANDES Nº1 1969 for orchestra (1969) (Fragment) / César Bolaños: INTENSIDAD Y ALTURA for magnetic tape (1964) / Walter Casas: LA CREACIÓN for piano (1971) / Luis David Aguilar: MAYHUAY for string quartet (1971) / Francisco Pulgar Vidal: DETENIMIENTOS for violin and piano (1967) / José Malsio: DANZA for orchestra (1948-1950)

CD 2: Enrique Pinilla: PRISMA for magnetic tape (1967) / Alejandro Nuñez Allauca GRAVITACIÓN HUMANA for magnetic tape (1970) / Celso Garrido –Lecca: INTIHUATANA for string quartet (1967) / Pedro Seiji Asato: QUASAR IV for two pianos & contrabass (1973) / Enrique Iturriaga: CUATRO EXPRESIONES for VIOLIN (1967) / Arturo Ruiz del Pozo: LAGO DE TOTORAS for magnetic tape (1978)

A note: A number of the tracks here are taken from live recordings that were not necessarily intended for release.  While our best efforts have been made to reduce the original broadband noise, we found it necessary to allow some to remain in order to preserve clarity.

This new Pogus 2 CD compilation, curated by Luis Alvarado (writer, journalist, sound poet), presents some of the most important pieces of the Peruvian musical vanguard of the 1960’s and 70’s, offering a representative sample of works and composers from this important period in Peruvian music. This release also includes a 24-page booklet – in both Spanish and English – with an essay giving an overview of the works, the composers, and a brief musical and social history of Peru during this time.

Thirteen works by thirteen different composers – 5 tape pieces and 8 instrumental works – give an excellent introduction to some fascinating composers who are known outside of Peru in varying degrees, if at all. These composers explored serial, electronic, electroacoustic, and aleatoric music during a time of tension between politics and the avant-garde in academic music in Latin America. The 1960s and 1970s were particularly difficult years for Latin American social movements, and a time when the concepts of vanguard, revolution and universalism enter into complex interactions. These works and their composers ask not how much experimentation occurred, but what the use of these techniques represent and to what extent did these musicians and their music engage critically with modernity?

Our hope is that the listener will find some or all of these composers and their works of interest, and will further explore the music made by these fine composers as it hopefully becomes more available over time.

Other Pogus titles of possible related interest:

César Bolaños - Peruvian Electroacoustic and Experimental Music (1964-1970) (21053-2) 2 CDs
Anla Courtis - Tape Works (Pogus 21040-2)
Jorge Antunes - Savage Songs -Works from 1961-1970 (Pogus 21027-2)
Travels Of The Spider - Electroacoustic Music From Argentina (Pogus 21015-2)

Review Reviews

Cat.# :: Composer(s)
21088
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
21086
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
21085
:: Tom Hamilton
21084
:: David First
21083
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
21082
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
21080
:: If, Bwana
21079
:: Ulrich Krieger
21078
:: Triple Point
21077
:: Robin Hayward
21076
:: Ron Nagorcka
21075
:: Secluded Bronte
21074
:: David Rosenboom
21073
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur

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