Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Four Recordings: Vedette in New York

Deepa Fernandes producer and hostess of WBAI's "Wake Up Call" has provided us with some links to the recordings guitar wizard Omar Torrez and the scribe completed while on the highway through New York. the scribe will be wrestling with the mechanics of this and posting them throughout the day.

They are MP3 segments, whatever that means. Maybe your computer company stuffed the necessary audio player into your machine. Omar and the scribe hope so:

"The Origins of Vedette's Truth" sets up the oppressive religious and patriarchal situation the protagonist is born into and explains how her penchant for never telling a lie was born. It’s adapted to Omar’s piece, “Abuelita.” (Page 14 in the book).

"The Seduction of Father Olivares" details Vedette’s escape from the Carmelite convent in Seville during the bienio negro. Held as prisoner, Vedette is unaware of the great general strike of 1934 occurring on the outside, but she too senses the time to act has come. It is recited to Omar’s interpretation of a Venezuelan Waltz, “Pica Pica.” (Page 99 in the book)

"Vedette and El Fariz in Las Marismas" Having seduced the priest and secured her release, Vedette encounters her mentor and representative of all things Arab in Spain – El Fariz. Together they traverse the wetlands of the Guadalquivir River - las marismas - as the dervish sets her off on the next stage of her spiritual journey. The Torrez’ composition is entitled, “Spanish Romance.” (Page 113 in your epistle)

"The Broken-Hearted Bullfighter" Much of the book having passed, her anarchist federation thrown out of the fictional village of Cueva del Rio, Vedette and her compatriot Rufian take refuge in the abandoned cortijo of the bull breeder, El Conde de Lagrimas. There they come upon three love letters from the bullfighter Zulano de Chiclana to his paramour Rocio, which remind each of pre-revolutionary love’s class cruelty and all they have lost in the fascist repression. The guitar is “Etude in E Minor”. (Page 284 in the novel)

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