Review of bypass 2.1 (sonoritès avec guitare) by Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete
An impressive, a really impressive record. Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete is a very impressive guitarist with stunning stylistic and technical skills and this work is almost all made by “first word premiere recordings” of guitar works dedicated to him by several international composers such as J.L. Campana, I. Estrada, O. López, E. Pautrot, N. Taméz, with the exception of the MM Ponce Harpsichord and Guitar Sonata, dedicated to Segovia, but here is performed on piano and guitar, a new and interesting version.
What hit me in this record? Two things, basically.
First, the use of time. I think music could be considered just like the art of time, because the nature of its own matter, the sound, lives and moves in the space, but has a strictly temporal nature, as Cage has too well demonstrated long time ago. But the time that Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete expands with his instrument in the standardized physical space of this cd is a time that he knows and expresses even more: he presents only a small fraction of the system of the… objective spirit, but also expresses, thought, reality, experiences and pluralistic, manifold, sometimes conflicting forms.
The second one is the use of the gesture. All the music involved here requires not only a high virtuosity, deploying all the expressive technical possibilities available to the guitar instrument, but also the same executing gesture by the interpreter who must be able to move between passages that often and willingly metabolize and reproduce techniques and elements of Popular music.
It’s an intense, very physical disk. I recommend to you listening to it reading the notes contained in the beautiful booklet accompanying the cd, each track is explained by the same author and accompanied by beautiful black and white photographs depicting empty spaces, architectural details, daily details …. suspended black and white moments, suspended like Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete’s guitar music and notes.