GABRIEL ERKOREKA (b.1969): Afrika for Marimba and Orchestra (Pedro Carneiro [marimba]), Kantak for Piccolo and Chamber Ensemble (Michael Schmid [piccolo]), Jukal for Guitar and Chamber Ensemble (Nelleke Ter Berg [guitar]), Akorda for Accordion and Orchestra (Iñaki Alberdi [accordion]).
Catalogue Number: 03K110
Reference: STR 33811
Description: These concertante works, deliberately employing relatively unusual solo instruments to suggest a relationship with traditional instruments, share a subtext of social issues; the acknowledgement of increasingly alienated or subsumed traditional cultures. Afrika uses rhythmic ostinati and melodic structures that suggest folk music from the continent. Especially in the 3rd movement this produces driving, motoric music of considerable drama and excitement. Kantak refers to Basque folk instruments and singing, with a high vocal line and low-pitched percussion reflected in the polarized nature of the registers of the musical material. Jukal reflects the complex rhythms and pitch-bending of the most sophisticated forms of flamenco, with microtonal inflections of melodic lines and abrupt, dramatic guitar narrative. Akorda evokes the various types of Bagpipe that evolved around Europe, with drones and intricate melismatic and highly decorated melodic lines. All the works are undeniably in a modern idiom, but their evocation of folk archetypes is sufficiently vivid to produce a sense of familiarity and accessibility. Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; José Ramón Encinar.