How far do you need to go to experience music more intimately? In what direction should you embark on a musical journey? I can’t think of a straight and universal answer to these questions, but I know that beautiful and enticing music comes from a plethora of experiences, a creative journal nurtured by different cultures, moments in time, places in this world.
Every piece of music on DISTANCIA is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself and my experiences as a musical nomad.
Every image on DISTANCIA is also a search for beauty and uniqueness in nature. I was inspired by photographer Kel Portman’s project Walking the Land, for which he decided to walk a set distance in different directions starting from the same place in order to capture the complex variety and beauty that this world has to offer, and to celebrate this variety by creating artistic masterpieces that are only possible thanks to the visual syncretism created by the influences of different environments.
I relate this process of artistic syncretism to my musical journey; different distances travelled, different directions taken, different cultures that nurtured my way of composing and improvising, from classical music to contemporary jazz, passing through traditional Peruvian and Brazilian music.
All of these influences, together with the unique musical path that each member of the band has walked and projected onto the performance, and the improvisation recorded on this album, represent a glimpse into a musical journey that hopefully inspires others to embark on their own adventure.
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