In the summer of 2016 I stumbled upon an article on El Pais which described the helpless predicament of Nepalese, Cuban and Haitians migrants who recurrently start a long precarious journey in northeastern Colombia in hopes of making it eventually to the USA. After a boat ride which starts in Turbo in Antioquia, hundreds disembark in Cupurganá, a tourist destination on the Colombian caribbean coast. From there, they have no other choice than to continue on foot across the Tapón de Darien, a dangerous and indomitable humid jungle which acts as a natural barrier between Colombia and Panama. Those who survive disease, dangerous animals and assault from drug traffickers reach Panama 9 or 10 days later, only to find themselves totally broken-down and yet still very far away from their final destination.
Mejor morir en la Selva (Better to die in the jungle) spurs from this crude reality and attempts to contemplate sonically the plight of these errant migrants, who are willing to face death rather than to relinquish their search and right to a better life. The sounds sound of various flying creatures, real and imagined, function as sonic metaphors of their lives and perilous voyage.
Mejor morir en la Selva was commissioned by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) jointly with the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes sonoras (CMMAS)