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Recording of "The Other Side of My Heart", a song cycle based on audio interviews of Latina immigrants. With Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble


June 1, 2017The Other Side of My Heart – I. Many Ways of Arriving

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Here is a video of the first track of the album. The project continues moving forward, Album release date not set yet, but getting closer


March 31, 2017: recording mixed

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We have finished the mixing process, now working on ‘everything else’ hoping for a release this Fall. 

Each song includes some snippets of the interviews that gave birth to its lyrics. In the last song, all stories are heard in full by the women interviewed.

Here’s one of the tracks. 

December 21, 2016: Sounds from the recording session

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Here’s a little collage of the songs we recorded for this project. Included are a few clips of the immigrant women’s voices that will be part of the final product, and some session chat and Fernando’s wonderful count-offs.

There’s nothing like recording all musicians playing at the same time. You’ll hear what a fine group is the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble (nowadays crossing-over from tango to all directions)

Notice: the tracks have not been mixed or edited yet, so this is pretty much the raw sound; congrats Evan Richey at Ovation Sounds, in Winston Salem, NC.

November 27, 2016: Recording session, November 13

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Jacqui Carrasco at the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC

November 27, 2016: Recording Session, November 13

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Adam Ricci at the piano during the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC

November 27, 2016: Recording session, November 13

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Images taken by Felipe Troncoso from the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC.

(Fernando Martinez with Jacqui Carrasco)

November 1, 2016: Ready for the sessions

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The first session booked for November 13 at Ovation Sound  Studios, in Winston Salem. http://www.ovationsound.com/

November 1, 2016: Preparing to record

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After deciding to record together, as chamber music, and not separate to a click track, we embarked on a series of performances around the region, performing at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC,  Georgia Southern University, Blowing Rock, NC, and sound checking at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

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"The Other Side of My Heart" (35') Music by Alejandro Rutty; Word Compilation and Interviews by Lorena Guillén. Performed by the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble

"The Other Side of My Heart" is a musical piece for voice, violin, electric-bass, piano and percussion based on the real stories of a group of Latino women who immigrated to North Carolina. Over various sessions of conversations with vocalist and artist, Lorena Guillén, these women generously shared and reflected about their trajectory from their home countries to their new place in United States. Between laughs and tears, they bravely expressed their dreams and fears, and evaluated the things that they lost and the ones they gained.

In this piece, parts of those recorded interviews are inserted in an artistic collage around the composition by Alejandro Rutty and Lorena Guillén.  Their stories become a cycle of five songs interlaced by these women's narrations. Bits of their own words become the lyrics for each song.

The recorded work, will include these songs performed by the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble and the audio collage of the women's voices

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The Other Side of My Heart (Preview)

Preview of the piece, including music, clips of the interviews, and images accompanying the performance. The Other Side of My Heart is a song cycle (35 min.) where the lyrics are direct quotes of interviews Lorena Guillén conducted with a group of Latina immigrants. In between songs, short clips of these interviews are played, accompanied by photographs of objects and places dear to these women. Music performed by the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble

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09/01/2016 - 12/01/2016


Greensboro, North Carolina

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Last Updated June 1, 2017

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Alejandro Rutty

ALEJANDRO RUTTY Alejandro Rutty’s compositional output includes orchestral, chamber and innovative outreach musical projects, including works using recordings of testimonials woven into the fabric of the music. Recent such projects are Down Home, The Cantata; Jewish Life in the American South, using archival recordings of voices of southern Jews, and The Other Side of My...


Lorena Guillén

Greensboro, North Carolina

Role: Lyricist, performer

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