CON ALMA 28: Juan Pablo Abalo & Juan Carlos Eyzaguirre29 March, 2021
Last December, two forces of Chilean experimental music Juan Pablo Abalo (of Los días contados) and Juan Carlos Eyzaguirre (Janaki, Juann, Charles N Dalton) collaborated on one of the year’s most sumptuous albums. Between Abalo’s gossamer-thin piano and Eyzaguirre’s delicate electronic manipulation, Invernadero (Selo 11:11) blossomed and swelled with a gentleness befitting a winter flower. A balm for the beleaguered soul, the duo’s gorgeous six-track served as gentle catharsis at the close of a challenging year. And, in conversation with its fragrant, wispy layers, the duo’s Con Alma Mixtape now offers equal ease – it’s an hour of tranquility for the tender hearts.
“This mix brings together a diverse group of artists, mostly Chilean, who have been contributing to the local scene in recent years. The intention and aesthetics behind the mix is analogous to that found in our album Invernadero. Wintry, protected and melancholic passages that reflect the state of uncertainty and anxiety that these times inflict on our minds.”
Julia Gjertsen & Nico Rosenberg – Sonata for Piano and Sequential Split 8
Abalo / Eyzaguirre – Pulverización
Estancia la Mar – Botavara
Elias Deepman – Palermo
Daniel Klauser – Om Mani Padme Hum
Motivado – Venus
Juan Pablo Abalo – Victoria
Silvio Paredes – Fallen
Rene Roco – Saturno
49 Hrtz – AE 5338
Ricardo Villalobos – Recat
Mika Martini – Hasta en los matorrales (Danieto Remix)
Javuligan – Blanka
The Con Alma series is a mug of hot coffee served on Monday mornings, to start your week off right. An hour of musical soul food, downtempo undulations and freshly-squeezed groovers that’s good for the heart, mind and body. Although the series’ name is taken from Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard, don’t expect an hour of frenetic bebop – this is gentle introspection, warm sunrises, shower sing-a-longs… always with plenty of soul.
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