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Mariola Membrives & Marc Ribot Lorca, Spanish Songs KAR740 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberKAR740
Release date17/05/2019

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      Mariola is a singer and actress born in Córdoba, Andalucía. Graduated with the superior title of “Cante Flamenco” and trained in the field of jazz and contemporary at the Esmuc and Taller de Músics de Barcelona. In the theatrical field, she was formed in Madrid, at the Drama Schools of «Cristina Rota» and «Gina Piccirilli».

      After her album "Llorona" (2014) -a duet with the Japanese double bass jazz player Masa Kamaguchi-, she produced the proposal "Omega 20.16", the first review of the legendary "Omega" by Enrique Morente for Jazz quintet and Flamenco guitar, which was selected in 2017 for the circuit Jazz in Route by the AIE (The Spanish Rights Management Entity for music performers).

      She is the flamenco voice of the shows "FreeBach212" by La Fura dels Baus and "Federico García" by Pep Tosar. Her duet with the Cádiz-born pianist Chano Dominguez inaugurated the Mas i Mas Festival at the Grec Theatre in Barcelona. In November of the same year she premiered with the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalunya (OBC) under the direction of Josep Caballé, performing "El amor brujo" at the Auditori de Barcelona. In 2018 she premieres "Sed libera nos a malo" with the Piccola Orchestra Gagarin at the Ciutat Flamenco Festival of Barcelona and her new live proposal "La Enamorada" is presented at the Jazz Festivals of Tangier, Tetuan, Madrid, Barcelona, and the Festival Intramuros in Jérez, among others.

      She has been awarded by the Government of Andalusia, with the 'Córdoba on Scene' award for her artistic career.


      Born in New Jersey in 1954, Marc Ribot is one of the most respected and disturbing guitarists in the field of jazz, rock and improvised music.

      His beginnings in punk and garage bands led him to sound exploration through funk, klezmer, blues, jazz, Cuban son, cumbia, free and Afro-Peruvian sounds. He was erected as one of the leaders of the so-called 'downtown music' in New York in the late seventies as member of the Realtones band.

      Member of John Lurie's band (The Lounge Lizards), after his participation in the album "Rain Dogs" by Tom Waits, of whom became a regular contributor, Rolling Stone magazine considered that his contribution "was not only the key piece in the redefinition of the new American song in the voice of Waits, but he also set the ground to become the lead guitarist of other folk pop heroes such as Allison Krauss, Robert Plant or Elvis Costello.

      Regular collaborator of unredeemed improviser, John Zorn; founder of the power-trio «Ceramic Dog» and creator of projects such as «The Prosthetic Cubans» or «The Young Philadelphians», his ethical and aesthetic commitment to music and to the political and social reality of the moment is reflected in works such as his latest album "The Songs of Resistance".


      Pianist, composer and music producer. First exponent of national jazz along with his trio formed by Reiner Elizarde 'el Negrón' and Michael Olivera, with whom he had released his albums "Alba" and "Samsara". Producer and arranger of albums such as "Obras son amores" of the ex- Ketama Antonio Carmona, nominated for Best Album of the year 2017 at the Latin Grammys.


      Through «Lorca, Spanish Songs», the singer and actress Mariola Membrives claims the most musical Lorca and recovers with a renewed spirit the Spanish popular songs that the poet of Granada recorded on piano in a duo with La Argentinita, back in 1931. Beyond the self-interest implied in the updating of this historical legacy, (and in the line of the artist's constant search of new sound universes where to relocate her tradition), the added value of this proposal is the participation of the American guitarist Marc Ribot, one of the most restless, committed and tenacious musicians of urban sounds, avant-garde jazz and improvised music.

      In Mariola Membrives' voice and Marc Ribot's guitar, titles as "Los cuatro muleros", "Café de Chinitas", "Las morillas de Jaén," Anda jaleo "or" La tarara", among others, recover new life and acquire a rereading as original as it is unsuspected.

      While singing traverses the essence of each song and the popular stories that count, Mariola searches on Ribot's guitar -at times subtle and delicate and at other raw and incisive- a new space within the traditional and essential character of the repertoire. Profoundly knowledgeable of Lorca's dramatic and poetic work (whom she has taken on scene on several occasions, with the revision of Enrique Morente "Omega" and in the drama piece “Federico García” by the Theatre director Pep Tosar), Mariola Membrives reunites now with “The Lorca” that connects her to her childhood through the timeless songs of her Andalusia.

      As for Marc Ribot, a musician committed not only to aesthetics but also to the ethics of his speech, Mariola Membrives' proposal of putting his sound and electricity to the songs that recorded the poet -murdered by the Franco regime- seems made to measure.

      Mariola and Marc create a common universe in which the beauty and drama, the voice, the emotion and the feelings of the people converge. This is the Lorca of “La Barraca”, who after his "Poet in New York" and his trip to Cuba, put himself at the service of the Republic to take the Theater to the villages in an itinerant way and with him, those songs that he arranged, compiled, documented and recorded on piano with La Argentinita.

      That is why Mariola Membrives prioritizes simplicity and closeness in her interpretation, and looking at Marc Ribot, (who proclaimed himself 'A Prosthetic Cuban' in his monumental tribute to the tres player Arsenio Rodríguez), seeks a "vital truth that transcends". Premises to which the musician Daniel García Diego has given form and discourse as artistic producer of the proposal.

      We are facing a unique album, a contemporary and updated review of a legacy that is still valid by an artist accustomed to challenges and in love with a pure and electric sound, which she finds in a musician of such different origin, generation and aesthetic as is Marc Ribot, a special connection through the poetic and musical pulse of a universal genius.

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      CD 1
      • 1.Anda Jaleo02:14
      • 2.La Tarara02:42
      • 3.Nana de Sevilla03:57
      • 4.Los cuatro muleros03:37
      • 5.Sones de Asturias02:45
      • 6.Agua ¿Dónde vas?03:39
      • 7.En el Café de Chinitas02:48
      • 8.Zorongo gitano04:38
      • 9.Las morillas de Jaén03:38
      • 10.Romance Pascual de los Pelegrinitos05:43
      • 11.En tiempos extraños02:01
      • Total:37:42