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Marco Granados: Music of Venezuela

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Marco Granados: Music of Venezuela

Un Mundo Ensemble:
Marco Granados on Flute
Jorge Glem on Cuatro
Roberto Koch on Bass
Leonardo Granados on Maracas
Manuel Rangel on Maracas
Francisco Flores on Trumpet
Hector Molina on Cuatro
Gonzalo Teppa on Bass
Henry Linarez on Cuatro
Alexander Livinali on Bumbac, Bells


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 10, 2009

This CD is a series of 15 native Venezuelan songs, recorded in Caracas, Venezuela, with Un Mundo Ensemble and five Guest Artists. The accompaniment to Marco Granados’ flute themes includes a trumpet, two basses, two sets of maracas, bells, Bumbac, and two cuatros. The musical effect is light, joyous, and authentically folkloric. Marco Granados leads all 15 tracks with spirited enthusiasm, tonal clarity, and seasoned dexterity.

Notable tracks:

#7 – Cañoneando (“Street Playing”) – Composed by Aquiles Báez. Marco Granados’ fluttering flute, cuatros, and pulsating percussion all lead this joyous track. Granados shows his superb musical mastery with elongated solo notes, defying human capacity.

#9 – La Encantadora (“The Enchantress”) – Composed by Julio Mendez. This song has youthful vibrancy with Granados performing in rapid, rambunctious style. Gonzalo Teppa takes a riff on bass, while the maracas mark the beat.

#12 – Tema y Variaciones de “El Gavilan” (“Theme and Variations on ‘El Gavilan’”) – Composed by Agelvis Sánchez. Granados’ solo flute opens this piece, and about halfway through the track the strings create strong Latin rhythms. A swirling dervish ensues, a driven dance.

#15 – El Vuelo de la Mosca (“The Flight of the Fly”) – Composed by Jacob do Bandolim. Francisco Flores, on trumpet, adds musicality and Latin fervor. This track races toward the recording’s finale with sizzling speed.

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