Mambo à la Braque

Javier Álvarez

Mambo à la Braque has been performed in Berkeley, Birmingham, Brussels, Cagliari, Grenoble, Huddersfield, Mar del Plata, Montpellier, Montréal, Morelia, San Francisco and São Paulo…

Like words made out of cutting letters from a newspaper, I have used in Mambo à la Braque [Braque-style Mambo] short musical segments which come from the well known mambo Caballo Negro by composer Dámaso Pérez Prado to whom this short piece pays homage. I have reassembled them into a sound mosaic and used a few other sounds to ‘glue’ them together. My aim was to create a sort of cubist music, or put in other words, a mambo of my own invention made out of mambo cuttings.

Javier Álvarez [xi-90]


  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)


Mambo à la Braque (1990), 3:02
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