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Catrin Finch & Cimarrón
Cimarrón, from the plains of Los Llanos Orientales in Colombia and Catrin Finch from the hils of Ceredigion in Wales, meet in this heart-warming collaborative performance recorded live at Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan. Their diverse selection of material drawn from two cultures displays power, gentleness, virtuosity and emotion in equal and generous measure.
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1 CIMARRONEANDO 3:30
Some years ago John Hollis, manager of Cimarron, had the idea of bringing Carlos Rojas and his band to the UK to embark on a journey of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The idea was to use the harp as a reference point and seek collaborations with musicians in each country. An attempt to work in Scotland came to nothing and the idea was shelved until, a few years later, John mentioned the plan to Dilwyn Davies of Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales.
After discussion with fellow colleagues, Elen ap Robert of Galeri, Caernarfon suggested Catrin Finch as the ideal Welsh harpist for the collaboration. Catrin, who had just finished a film documentary in which she traced origins of the harp around the world (including a visit to South America), jumped at the chance whilst Carlos became similarly excited at the prospect of working with an artist of her stature.
A production partnership was formed between Astar Artes, Theatr Mwldan, Galeri, Theatr Brycheiniog and Creu Cymru (the Welsh touring agency). Funding was secured, a tour was planned, and the artists began to share music and correspond by email. Armed with a few ideas for the show and drawing on traditions from both cultures, Catrin and Cimarron met up for the first time in November 2007 at Galeri, Caernarfon. During four intense days of rehearsal, Catrin got to grips with Colombian polyrhythms whilst the musicians from Cimarron adapted their style to unfamiliar melodies.
Taking on the challenge and stimulus of
live performance, Catrin and Cimarron went on to tour eight theatres
and arts centres In Wales and the music continued to mature and
develop. The same rewarding result was repeated everywhere:
It has been an inspiring journey for Catrin
and Cimarron and they have been looking forward to the second chapter,
a longer tour of Wales in March 2009, which we trust will not be
their last together.
1, 5, 6, 7, 11 Written by Carlos Rojas.
Published by Astar Artes/Real World Works
Live sound engineered by Hywel Wigley
Recorded at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan on 26.11.2007
Catrin Finch - Harps
|Instruments:||Harps & Trad. South American Instruments|