The Other Side of My Heart is now available!
Check the Album Notes
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
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.
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.
Jacqui Carrasco at the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC
Adam Ricci at the piano during the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC
Images taken by Felipe Troncoso from the recording session at Ovation Sound in Winston Salem, NC.
(Fernando Martinez with Jacqui Carrasco)
The first session booked for November 13 at Ovation Sound Studios, in Winston Salem. http://www.ovationsound.com/
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.
“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
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
A Future of Tango; Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra Third movement of my saxophone quartet concerto. Recorded by the 4mil Cuarteto de Saxofones and the Mayan City Sinfonietta. Released in 2012 by Navona Records. This piece shows integrates chamber music, large ensemble thinking, and tango as a subject, which is relevant to my current project.
The Conscious Sleepwalker Loops is a piece for orchestra, recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic, and released by Navona in 2012. In addition to this recording, this work has been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony (OH).
09/01/2016 — 12/01/2016
Greensboro, North Carolina