Luis García: «Néstor Álamo is part of cultural miscegenation»

The conductor Luis Santana, responsible for the choir of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra. / C7

He directs this Sunday in the Plaza de Santa Ana the symphonic concert 'Isla y cancion' organized by the city council for the Day of the Canary Islands

Director Luis Garcia takes the reins tomorrow in the symphonic concert 'Island and song' around the repertoire of
Nestor Alamo which is held in the Plaza de Santa Ana in the capital of Gran Canaria, starting at
9:00 p.m., with the participation of some of the most famous soloists of Canarian popular music, to which they add the
Municipal Symphonic Bandreinforced by a
string section and by the choir of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra.

The also director for 22 years of the choir of the aforementioned orchestra, directed by the British Karel Mark Chichon, assures that «
the idea of ​​Néstor, ideologue of an identity of Canarian essence, part of the cultural miscegenation at the time of elaborating its rich repertoire that draws on styles from America to Andalusia».

Garcia points out that
"deluxe" symphonic arrangements that the public will be able to enjoy in the concert promoted by the capital city council on the occasion of the Day of the Canary Islands, «they highlight the uniqueness of the corpus of Néstor Álamo's songbook. Not all communities can boast of his musical stratum as in the Canary Islands.
The symphonic brightens, amplifies and highlights even more the truth that exists behind his music.

18 themes

The director will face a selected repertoire of eighteen songs, among them, some of the most famous and popular composed by what is considered the 'father of Canarian song', such as '
El Cambullonero', 'Maspalomas y tú' or 'Sombra del Nublo'.

«The fantastic essence lies in the substratum of the melody that allows you to face
various time signatures and rhythm alternation ranging from the popular to the romantic. The arrangements of the repertoire range from the literal, by the hand of Manuel Bonino with
'tamadab', to colorful fantasy, as happens in the song 'Isla mía', produced by Albert Amargós, going through the modern harmonic simplicity proposed by Carlos Montero in
'The Pearl'. One never ceases to be amazed by the internal dynamics possessed by all the enriching arrangements made for the occasion that the songs of Néstor Álamo have also suggested to Juan José Solana,
Juan Manuel Marrero or Alejandro Monroythree other authors included in the program”, adds Luis García.

“There are many people who identify Álamo with the
folklore, but it was much more than that: it can be considered the initiator of the construction of a certain popular musical nationalism, of the representative song of an identity and the character of an island”, assures the director who will be watching over a hundred people on stage on Sunday night of a show whose artistic direction assumes
Manuel González, specialist in the work of Néstor Álamo and creator of the two remembered versions of the musical
'Dear Nestor'.

with tour

Sixteen years ago, Luis García directed a tribute to the figure of Néstor Álamo, which González also designed. «The most complicated challenge is facing all the coloraturas proposed by the arrangers.
There are more symphonic pieces that require a more refined string work and others are more captivating from the point of view of metals and wood.. For this reason, the difficult thing has been to bring them all together in a single orchestra and highlight the sensitivity of each of the songs chosen in their messages”, advances the director, who will also have the participation of the singers from Gran Canaria
Elena and Gladys Cabrera, Isabel Padrón and Francisco Navarrothe palm tree Andrea Rodríguez, the Tenerife natives Patricia Muñoz, Héctor González and Jose Manuel Ramos, or the Cuban based in Tenerife, Claritzel Millares.

Of the eighteen songs, the choir sings on twelve. «
Attentive to the fun arrangement of 'El zagalejo', 'Andrés repásate el motor' or 'Mariquilla la perrera'. The choir has fundamental episodic parts in the scores”, concludes García, who recently toured the islands conducting a Brahms Requiem in the framework of the Canary Islands Religious Music Festival.

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