David Virelles - Mboko | ECM 3782966

David Virelles - Mboko

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Label: ECM

Cat No: 3782966

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 13th October 2014

Contents

Artists

David Virelles (piano)
Thomas Morgan (double bass)
Robert Hurst (double bass)
Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Roman Diaz (biankomeko, vocals)

Artists

David Virelles (piano)
Thomas Morgan (double bass)
Robert Hurst (double bass)
Marcus Gilmore (drums)
Roman Diaz (biankomeko, vocals)

About

With Mbókň, pianist-composer David Virelles – based now in New York but born and bred in Cuba – has taken the folkloric rhythms of Afro-Cuban religious ritual and transmuted them into a 21st-century music resonating with mystery and meaning. The main title, Mbókň, can mean “fundament” or “sugar cane” or “The Voice”, not the human voice but The Voice that is believed in Abakuá culture to be the voice of a spirit, or spirits. Sound is an element revered in this culture, and that idea – the worship of sound itself – was a shaping force in the performances of Virelles’ compositions on Mbókň. The album’s subtitle – “Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá” – indicates both the ritualistic intent of the 10 pieces and their sound, with piano as lead voice alongside dual bass drone and the polyrhythmic percussion of a traditional trap set and the all-important four-drum biankoméko kit, manned by Román Diaz. Virelles has tapped into a musical impulse that is simultaneously ancient and modern, communal and personal, meditative and propulsive. Mbókň casts a spell.

Tracklist:
1. Wind Rose (Antrogofoko Mokoirén)
2. The Scribe (Tratado de Mpegó)
3. Biankoméko
4. Antillais (A Quintín Bandera)
5. Aberińán y Aberisún
6. Seven, Through the Divination Horn
7. Stories Waiting To Be Told
8. Transmission
9. The Highest One
10. Čfé (A María Teresa Vera)

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