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La terre est ta mère : for pianoforte, cooking pot, wooden spoon, toy piano and tape

by Andrián Pertout (2021)

Work Overview

La terre est ta mère or 'The Land is your Mother' was especially commissioned by María Paz Santibañez (Paris, France) for performance as part of the 'Impact, Your Eyes, Your Rights' project, and is dedicated to executive director of Amazon Watch Leila Salazar-López (San Francisco, USA). The work utilizes the symbolism of the Latin American 'cacerolada' (or casserole) movement ("public protest, of a political or social nature, carried out by hitting pans and other kitchen containers") to convey a message of solidarity with global issues of human rights via its utilization of not only a cooking pot and wooden spoon in the principal instrumentation, but also via its incorporation of an acousmatic element consisting of the gradual fusing and morphing of two unique elements: a vintage, or 'classic' toy piano and metal bowls (the bottom, edge, rim, and curve struck with a red silicone spatula, a steel butter knife, and a wooden spoon) - the latter representing the 'cacerolada' kitchen tools and accessories. The historical roots of the 'cacerolada' movement is in fact France, where the liberal constitutional monarchy of Louis Philippe I was opposed in this fashion during the period of 1830-1848; a little over a century later, homemade pots, whistles, and horns being a feature of the 1961 Algerian War of Independence; and soon thereafter, its focus shifting to South America, and in particular Chile as part of the 1971 food shortage protest marches during the administration of Salvador Allende. 'Impact, Your Eyes, Your Rights' is also broadly framed around 'Résistance féminine,' or 'Feminine Resistance,' which is an attempt to address the collective aspiration of a universal respect for human rights and the dignity of people within the realm of art and artistic expression. The project creator described thus: "María-Paz Santibanez, a Chilean pianist living in Paris, is an interpreter who brings together in this project the paths of her life and career: she is a woman, she defends contemporary creation and throughout her life has engaged in the defence and promotion of human rights." The work includes a spoken element derived from a multilingual translation and ordering of a quote by Leila Salazar-López published in Reuters in an article entitled 'Protecting Indigenous People Key to Saving Amazon, say Environmentalists' stating that "Indigenous people are the best protectors of the Amazon forest and of biodiversity around our planet ... because they have intrinsic spiritual and cultural connections to the land."

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Pianoforte, cooking pot, wooden spoon, toy piano, tape.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to Leila Salazar-López.

Commission note: Commissioned by Maria Paz Santibañez.. Commissioned for the ‘Impact, Your Eyes, Your Rights’ project.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Cacerolada, Climate Change, Amazon Fores,t Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos Combinatoriality Algorithmic Composition Single State Probabilistic Automatons

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