Corre el río de la memoria sobre la tierra que arrastra trazos, dejando rastros de alguna huella que hoy es número. (The river of memory flows through the earth leaving traces now numbers).
“The river of memory flows through the earth leaving traces now numbers” Is a work written in reaction to all the gender violence and different forms of violence and social oppression that we live in the world. Victims of abuse of power by the police and other repressive forces, racism and gender violence against womxn and diverse identities grow daily in all the world.
How do we fight against a system that kills day by day, leaving no more traces than a sad statistic? How accustomed are we now during all this period of time lived in the pandemic to see statistics and to perceive memory as just numbers?
What is the true distance that crosses us? How do we keep alive the memory of the victims?
The piece was done with the map of the Argentine Republic and each figure, word, or color represents victims of gender violence in the area, during the months of january to July 2020 in the country. Including the period of quarantine due to Covid - 19.
I hope that this piece can make us reflect, feel and vibrate together even in distance.
I hope that with this music we can transform statistics into sound, and may the music be to the memory of each soul.
This record was recorded in August 2020, after a long 5-month quarantine in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Thank you Paula, Barbara and Violeta, for all of your trust, love and music, and thank you Florencio Justo and all the technicians of Doctor F studios for the opportunity.
Barbara Togander – vocals & turntables
Camila Nebbia - tenor sax, composition and electronics
Violeta García - cello
Paula Shocron – piano, vocals & percussion
Recorded by - Agustín Silberleib & Florencio Justo
Mixed & Mastered by Florencio Justo
Cámaras - Josefina Chevalier / Emilio Polledo
Album art by Florencia Rothschild
Album design by Carola Nebbia.
Special thanks to Maya Keren, Akiva Jacobs, Lesley Mok, Axel Filip, Daniel Iván Bruno, Selma Savolainen, Niran Dasika & Camilo Ángeles for contributing sound samples for this piece.