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Improvising on Chilote themes.

Waldo Fabian Garrido

Friday, 30th April

Presentation Room, Bon Marche (UTS Bldg. 3, Rm. 510)

Performance: 10 mins.

Improvising on Chilote themes.

Waldo Fabian Garrido

In my presentation, I propose to perform three pieces of improvised music utilizing the electric six strings and the acoustic double bass. The author has arranged a number of compositions written on the island of Chiloe (south of Chile) on a recent field research trip to the archipelago.

The tracks in question have electronic orchestration and are base on Chilota rhythms and mythological themes, which form a great part of Chiloe’s formidable cultural and folkloric tradition.

The focal point of my research concerns the cross-cultural theoretical concept of hybrid musical cultures. In this presentation/performance, I would like to illustrate with specifically composed examples how the author has blended Chilota folk music and electronic/jazz idioms in Australia. The author has a unique perspective as a person experienced in both cultures. Hybrid musical cultures resulting from the union of different practices are inevitable in this modern globalised world. Hybridity in music has a long history with composers such as Mozart incorporating the instruments and music of the Ottoman Empire’s Janissary bands into contemporary composition of that era.

In my performance, I plan to present historical and geographical background information of Chiloe. Furthermore, I will highlight the components that make up its musical constitution, including the indigenous elements and any further creolisation or mestizaje that my have contributed to the development of Chilota music.

Chilean born Waldo Fabian is a composer, producer, singer music researcher and academic.
Waldo is a PhD candidate at the Macquarie University where he was awarded an APA Scholarship. In 2006 Waldo completed a Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) at the University of Sydney and in 2008 he received a BA First Class Honours (Contemporary Music Studies) at Macquarie University. Waldo has also finished a number of Units in music studies at UNE.
Waldo Fabian has written and produced two Latin solo albums; ‘Dejame Tocarte’, a South American release through Sony imprint Leader, and ‘Loco’, released locally by FMG. Fabian had the No.1 single on Chile’s No.1 station Radio Corazon with the title track from ‘Dejame Tocarte’.
Waldo was a founding member of the Catholics (Jazz band). As a composer/producer he has worked with artists like: Robin Luau, Disco Montego, Mark Walton, Tiffany Wood, Craig Obey, Rachelle Medley and Anthony Copping.
Film has also become an outlet as Waldo has discovered a definite interest from this industry. Making an appearance on Kate Crogan’s latest film “Strange Planet”, Waldo has proved his versatility by also arranging some of the score. The HBO film “Purple Haze”
As a bassist, Waldo has performed with various Latin and jazz bands and musicians like Mark Isaacs, Kevin Hunt, Amazonia, Craig Walters and many more.
Currently Waldo Fabian is lecturing and tutoring in the department of music at Macquarie University, Sydney


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Intertwining: body, sound, word, improvisation.

Pauline Manley & Waldo Garrido

Friday 30 April, 2010, from 10 to 12am

Bon Marche Studio (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 1, Rm. 105)

Performance: 20mins

Intertwining: body, sound, word, improvisation

How can two very different performers find each other through the practice of attunement? How does the landscape of each improvisation develop? What are the skills of improvisation? How can they be practiced, articulated and taught?

Intertwining will consist of a 10-15 minute improvisation by a dancer and a bass player. Following will be 10-15 minutes of poetic ramblings: immediate and uncensored responses by performers and audience. These ramblings make every statement important, every utterance potent, feeding back into the improvised practice, generating understanding.

As documentation and artefact, we will then create a multi-media document. The visual recording of the performance will be over-laid with the poetic ramblings; dance, music and poetics pasted over each other, inter-twined in time, to create a connection between performing bodies and the spoken word.

At Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, a dancer and a musician begin a series of improvisations. Both state their intention to ‘listen’ to what the other is doing, so that, moment by moment, there exists an inter-corporeal loop that feeds back and forth between their bodies. The intensity, direction and efficacy of this loop is ‘up for grabs’. Sometimes the musician’s rhythms dominate the dancerly choices. But then the dancer does something that shoots through to fingers on string, and this energy has an imperative power that alters soundscape. Back and forth the ‘lead’ changes, sometimes shared, sometimes dangling in between, sometimes powerfully directing: as when the dancer is flung about by violent slaps on the bass strings, hurled by sound into movement that must be done.

In this performance, the bass player will utilize musical motives from a number of styles. The dancer will employ a phenomenological reduction: trying only to listen, respond and generate, staying attuned, creating a Body Without Organs . Together, these performers will also reveal the cross-cultural nature of their research: South American musician meets post-modern dancer.

Waldo is a Bassist, producer and composer. Waldo has an international publishing contract with Albert/Universal Music. Currently, Waldo is undertaking a PhD degree at Macquarie University where he also lectures.

Dr. Pauline Manley has extensive performance and improvisation experience. She has a PhD in dance phenomenology and is head of Dance Studies at Macquarie University.