RE:BARSENTO It’s been almost two years since the last release “89”, the artistic duo, formed by Miguel Carvalhais and Pedro Tudela, aka @c, is back on Galaverna catalogue with a documentary work about the period the two of them spent together in summer 2013 in the Salento area (Puglia), near Alberobello and Gioia del Colle. They were working on the project Barsento Mediascape, curated by new arts festival Interferenze. Their contribution result in a distinct, long track divided in three parts, organized by levels of sonic exploration: starting from the surface of the out-landscape, sprinkled with mighty lithic construction (Trulli), to end up in the subsoil.There, first, it’s unveiled the stones and dirt mixture which regulate the ancestral relationship between local farmer and olive trees and vineyard cultivations, it then reach a chthonic dimension in the karsic caves scattered in the area. The artist will take you to one breathlessly journey from the outside to the depth of the Earth, from open spaces towards closed ones, towards internal structures, built by both nature and the patient and dedicated work of anthropization operated on the territory by locals. This release presented by Carvalhais and Tudela is a more meditated re-elaboration of their prior work on the subject, released almost raw and live-quality at the end of their staying, June 22nd 2013, at Teatro “G.Rossini” in Gioia del Colle. This work testify about a complex work the Porto’s duo did on the territory, mixing the multitude of voices present in the rural space they explored, and then managed to portrait on different levels (physical, sonic, spatial) through a micro-narration. This work is a discovery that opens new and unexpected visions and allows listeners to relate with profound, semantic and elaborated representations, which turn into narrations of rare beauty.: from the silence of the subsoil to the harmonic sounds of the rocks in the surface, like magnificent echoes and resonances of palpitations, pulses and breaths of (the) life of the territory itself.
Notes *107* was composed in Barsento during the artistic residency *Barsento Mediascape*, promoted by Interferenze, in June 2013 and was premiered at Teatro Rossini in Gioia del Colle on the 22nd. This version was mixed and mastered in Porto in 2014.*107* is inspired by the landscape and the geography of the Barsento region. Besides the incorporation of field recordings and other sounds captured on location, the structure of the piece echoes the features of the region as well as some of its particular social and cultural aspects. The three movements of the piece are organized in a earthbound succession, starting at the ground level, where rocks are found and used for agriculture, masonry, the trulli, etc., and descending towards the ground, where earth and rock blend and sustain a rich agriculture. In the final movement we reach water, a historically rare commodity in the region, traditionally obtained from wells tapping groundwater, or collected from the limited rains and seasonal snowfall and preserved either in closed constructions or, again, underground. *107* departs from the open and vast exterior and progresses towards the closed spaces, the inner structures, either naturally occurring — such as the grottos — or man-made. With rocks we discover the construction of artifacts, architecture and even nature itself, sustained by the nourishing land, and leading to the throbbing pulses and breathing of life.## Carvalhais and Tudela would like to thank: Leandro Pisano; Alessandro Ludovico; Enrico Coniglio; Antye Greie; Enrico Ascoli; Taylor Deupree; Chiara Ciociola, Aurelio Cianciotta, Raffaele Mariconte & everyone else in the amazing Barsento Mediascape crew.Photos by Aurelio Cianciotta.
## Carvalhais and Tudela would like to thank: Leandro Pisano; Alessandro Ludovico; Enrico Coniglio; Antye Greie; Enrico Ascoli; Taylor Deupree; Chiara Ciociola, Aurelio Cianciotta, Raffaele Mariconte & everyone else in the amazing Barsento Mediascape crew.
Photos by Aurelio Cianciotta.
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