'Cantemos hoy, mañana moriremos': Album Leaf for David Alfaro Siqueiros

by Gavin Gamboa

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

about

The collection of piano pieces that comprise this work can be described as muralistic — muralistic in the sense that they necessitate broad swaths of space to exist, and feature myriad landscapes and a multitude of narratives contained within a larger whole. This Album Leaf owes its due to the inspired iconographic universe of David Alfaro Siqueiros' work. I wanted to capture elements of color, movement, and conflict explicitly investigated by this illustrious and fascinating Mexican painter. The title is taken from a poem by José Zorrilla which, a hundred years before Siqueiros' time, made an early correlation between the idea of Mexican nationality and intimacy with death:

Méjico es la ciudad de
los cantares
huerto rico de frutas y de flores
y en medio de la guerra y sus
azares
y en medio de la peste y sus
horrores,
se mece en sus chinampas
seculares,
cantando ante la tumba
sus amores
en un cantar que abarca estos
extremos:
"Cantemos hoy, mañana
moriremos."

--- // ____ ...

Mexico is the city of song
A rich garden of fruits and flowers
And in the middle of the war
and its uncertainty
In the middle of the plague with
all its horrors,
It swings soothingly in its ancient
chinampas,
Singing about love before the tomb
In a song that spans these extremes:
"Let us sing today, tomorrow
we die."

credits

released May 1, 2012

tags

license

about

Gavin Gamboa Los Angeles, California

contact / help

Contact Gavin Gamboa

Streaming and
Download help