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Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
In the notes for Antiguo, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba talks of nothing less than creating a new, "universal language." For this, and using both acoustic and electronic instruments (mostly synthesizers, samplers, and se... more »
In the notes for Antiguo, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba talks of nothing less than creating a new, "universal language." For this, and using both acoustic and electronic instruments (mostly synthesizers, samplers, and sequencers), Rubalcaba delves into Afro-Cuban religious tradition, jazz, and European classical music. The result, an 11-piece suitelike work, does not match the ambition. Rubalcaba has long been afflicted by a certain aesthetics of excess, and Antiguo is no exception. There are intriguing ideas throughout, and Rubalcaba is--no argument here--a remarkable player. But his everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach produces diminishing returns. Pieces such as "Ellioko," featuring santeria master singer Lazaro Ros, or "Coral Negro," a sort of Lukas Ligeti-goes-Hollywood cut, are intriguing ideas finally weighed down by overelaboration and pretentiousness. The neurotic energy of pieces such as the knotty "Circuito III," "Intermitencia," or "Eshun Agwe" offer little relief. Less would be more indeed. --Fernando Gonzalez
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"Fernando Ganzalez is a dork. Rubacalba, however is a monster. he plays what few others can imagine, let alone accomplish. the music is intense and dense, with many things going on at once. but all contributing to the whole, perfectly.to say he should play less, or "less is more" is ludicrous. if you think that... mabey you're listening to the wrong style of music for you. go back to your pearljam, and let Rubacalba, soar like a monster should. which is all too rare these days."