The Cuyás Theater will host four performances of ‘Ángaro’, a show by the Pieles company, which a few years ago burst onto the Canarian art scene with ‘Canto el trabajo’, a tour of those songs, rhythms and sounds. that traditionally accompanied the work of the fields in the Islands, as well as by the songs with which our ancestors lived festivals and moments of transit and pain.
On this occasion, ‘Ángaro’ is “a hymn to the universality of music”. “It is a sonorous journey from the caress of the stone grinding the millet to the beat of the drums that call to the meeting”, according to those responsible, who define their new proposal as “a sample of the wide and rich indigenous musical diversity, but also a representation of the sound communion between the peoples of the world “. Thus, in ‘Ángaro’, “there beats a sense of miscegenation, of musical encounter and of shared feeling”.
Specifically, a total of 16 compositions are played during the assembly, most of them with traditional rhythms typical of Canarian folklore, but interpreted with the help of instruments linked to other music, places and cultures of the world.
‘Ángaro’, whose exhibition in Cuyás had to be suspended a few months ago due to the expansion of Covid-19, will arrive at the Cabildo site on November 3 and 4 with the sponsorship of the Mapfre Guanarteme Foundation and within the framework of his pedagogical project, Teatrae, which includes school functions in the morning and at almost symbolic prices.
A typically Canarian theme, the tajaraste, serves as ‘angaro’, a smoke signal mentioned by Aeschylus in ‘La Orestíada’ and conceived here as a call to enjoy the show, as an invitation to gather around the fire and in company to listen music that unites us, as something ancestral and shared by all the tribes.
Next, the musicians / actors ring their utensils while playing ‘Toasted wheat’, a kind of grinding song, one of those work songs that had so much weight in the Canarian musical tradition.
As also had the airs of Lima, songs of relationship between single men and women, converted here into ‘Aires de Mali’, which sound different but also close thanks to the combination of violin, kalimba or djembe, as is the case with a sirinoque from La Palma played with a rubber whistle and a long flute with a low sound from Slovakia called fujara.
Violins, limpets and African instruments such as caxixis or birimbao are mixed in a very special isa del uno from Lanzarote entitled ‘Magdalena’, while a tango from Herre and the dance of the saint, popularized by Valentina la de Sabinosa, are transformed, with bucios , Salamanca tambourines and a Basque txalaparta made from plow yokes, in ‘Gofio y jarea’.
In ‘Alisios’, the melody of La Bajada in honor of the Virgen de los Reyes de El Hierro is fused with an original lyrics and a dirge, while in ‘El velorio de los angeles’, a composition inspired by the funeral rite that I was still in La Gomera when a young child died, the music of the drum dance joins the sound of the chácaras and the original lithophone.
Also the usual instrumentations of the sorondongo majorero or the tanganillo chicharrero change to incorporate tambourines from Azerbaijan, African gourds, Japanese drums (taikos), the birimbao, krakebs, chácaras or Canary Island castanets or more conventional instruments such as piano, double bass, violin or horn.
In ‘Ángaro’, the guanchero tango, an evolution of the gomero tajaraste in the Alto Tenerife of La Orotova, changes the traditional flute for the Irish ‘low wistle’, with a more serious sound, ideal for creating emotional and melancholic atmospheres, and the Conejero forito (a kind of accordion) joins a guitar and timple expressly designed for ‘Florida’, a piece based on the tangos of Florida, named after another area of the same Tenerife municipality.
A polka majorera (‘Tindaya’) vindicates cultural and ecological values and the sad and sweet rhythm of a malagueña sounds more powerful thanks to four large drums inspired by the American pow wow whose strength recalls the connection of living beings with the earth. Through the beat of your heart
Say goodbye to the show ‘San Borondón’, an original piece inspired by the Canarian legend of the same name in which an island appears and disappears at will, hiding from those who were looking for it behind a thick fog.