Días como sombra (2010)

for choir and percussion quartet

I’ve always been mesmerized by sound of marimbas. Its buttery granularity has followed me since early childhood, when you could find "marimberos" from Chiapas and Oaxaca playing in squares and parks all around Mexico City. So when Ricardo Gallardo, artistic leader of Tambuco asked me to compose a piece for voices and marimbas I was immediately reminded of countless hazy afternoons in San Angel square, watching the clouds and taking in as much marimba as I could.

Although composing for voices to words is not always an easy task, a good text always helps. Dias como sombra (Days like shadows) comes from a homonymous collection by poet & architect Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga , who wrote it in the early seventies. Penned in an impeccable but ingenuous Spanish, this wonderful text weaves through four central ideas: time, space, light and shadow, threading strikingly elegant-sounding lines.

I wrote Dias como sombra on a commission from Soundstreams and the 2010 Festival Cervantino.

full score & performance materials available on request