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World Music & Cinema

Vol 1. Latin America

Latin America continues to be a creative hotbed for a new generation of film-makers and screen composers. The first volume in the World Music & Cinema Collection focuses on Argentina and Mexico, with extracts from contemporary scores for several Argentine New Wave films, notably Diego Grimblat’s music for films by Pablo Trapero and Adrian Caetano, and Gotan Project’s remarkable electronic tango inspired by Fernando Solanas’s masterpiece Vuelvo al Sur. The re-invented tango can also be heard in Mariano Nuñez West’s score for Taxi, un encuentro, the first full-length film by the promising Gabriela David. Distinctive ethnic music created by the Argentine folk-rock group Damas Gratis comes from El bonaerense by Pablo Trapero. Bolivia, another Adrian Caetano film, features the outstanding harmony singing and flute playing of Los Kjarkas. In Tan de repente by Diego Lerman, a monochrome film full of subtle nuances, the song Monica by Juan Ignacio Buscayrol is used as a narrative tool. Cristina Fasulino’s El sur de una pasión is complemented by the captivating music of Marcelo Ferreyra. A similar magic is heard in the melody of David Mansfield’s score for Profundo carmes’ by the Mexican Arturo Ripstein, another master of Latin-American cinema. Marcelo Pineyro’s Plata quemada / Burnt Money, a gay Bonnie and Clyde, features the Italian singer Rita Pavone, whose distinctive voice has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in Argentina. The CD closes with the nostalgic orchestral theme from the delicate Historias m’nimas, composed by Nicolas Sorin for his director father Carlos Sorin.