New video on 1:1:1 – Canción de las Cantinas/Zamba del Carrero [LINK]
Debajo el sauce solo (Castilla/Valladares)
Vidala del Lapacho (Castilla/Valladares)
Zamba del Carrero (Castilla/Valladares)
Canción de las Cantinas (Castilla/Valladares)
Zamba del Romero (Castilla/Valladares)
Vidala del Llanto (Galán/Castilla/Valaldares)
Por Amaicha (Valladares)
Coplas a la Luna (Moreno/Valladares)
Guitar and arrangements by Pedro Rossi
Artistic production by Pedro Rossi and Santiago Giordano
Collaboration and listening by Adrián Ramirez
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ariel Gato in estudio.ar
Image concept, photography and video by Nicolas Richat
Web design by Manuel Sáez
English translation by Paula Rossi
Ingeniously irreverent, affectionately indulgent, deeply rooted, the work of Rolando Valladares (Tucumán 1918-2008) is part of the stealthy and essential collection that holds the best spirit of the tradition of Argentine folk music. Like the elaborate forms of anonymity, Valladares’ work has been speaking for itself for a long time, with its own language that among the temptations of modernity knew how to listen to the vidala to make it its expressive core.
Towards that universe goes Pedro Rossi in this work, careful, above of all, not to fall into certain forms of artistic parasitism. He is not encouraged by the ambitions to claim a name. Or to pay a tribute. Much less the presumption to ‘fix’ a music. In many ways extreme – but never violent – the guitarist makes music on Valladares music. With a personal and polished guitar language, Rossi reflects on Valladares, until he stands on the threshold of silence to listen to him.
Because more than to the music of Valladares, in his search, the guitarist sticks to the aura that emerges from it. To what resonates behind the signs, names and songs. To find that which makes Valladares unique, Rossi returns to fundamental sources buried in the farrago of the old and interested Eurocentric interference, often satisfied with listening and translating the oral tradition in terms of rhythm, melody and harmony. It is not the music of Valladares, but Valladares singing it what Rossi listens to. In that morose and captivating identity of the phrasing of Valladares, his way of saying, his accent, and in the particular idea of time on which
the phrasing is leans back. There Rossi begins to imagine a possible sound.
A voice in its wake, singing to itself. The listening stripped of a frank and curious talent. That is the principle of Sobre Valladares. In what this crossing produces is the originality of a work that encourages dialogue with the sensitive, over the laborious grammar of traditions.
Pedro Rossi is a guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher. He has released two albums: El Viento Danza (2010, in a trio with Exequiel Mantega and Gustavo Hunt) and Circe (2013, with bassist Fabián Martin). Since 2010 he has been working with the singer Liliana Herrero, with whom he recorded the albums Este tiempo (2011), Maldigo (2013) – both awarded the Gardel Prize – and Imposible (2016). He also runs workshops and performs in concerts as a soloist in various cities of the country.
20/7 – Espacio Tucumán, Buenos Aires
7/8 – Vicente el Absurdo, Buenos Aires