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Ferreyra, Beatriz: Echos+ [VINYL] (Room40)

Presenting three of Argentine-born, French-based composer Beatriz Ferreyra's most engaging compositions, fascinating works of musique concrète and acousmatic music that both entertain and startle the listener in sound that is enigmatic and easily embraceable, particularly the opening piece "Echos" deconstructing voice, song and laughter in remarkable ways.

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UPC: 739027482291

Label: Room40
Catalog ID: RM 4114LP
Squidco Product Code: 29124

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Australia
Packaging: LP
Recorded in 1978, 1987 and 2007 by the artist.


Beatriz Ferreyra-composer, performer

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Artist Biographies:

"Beatriz Ferreyra (born 21 June 1937 in Argentina) studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, Edgardo Cantón (GRM France and RAI Italy in 1963). She worked with the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM of the Service de la recherche of the ORTF under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer (1963 bis 1970) where she collaborated on the realization of the Solfège de l'objet sonore albums. While there she completed research and ran the interdisciplinary seminars. In 1975, she joined the Collège des Compositeurs der Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges (G.M.E.B.).

She created the experimental concerts series "Les rendez-vous de la musique concrete"(1998 - 1999) at the Centre d'études et de recherche Pierre Schaeffer. She has performed at many international festivals, electroacoustic conferences and music seminars. As an independent composer, she has received commissions from the government and musical associations (GRM, IMEB, ACIC, etc.) both in France and abroad, for performance at festivals and concerts. She also composes for public celebrations and events, films and ballets. Beatriz Ferreyra has also worked in the area of music therapy and served on numerous juries for international competitions adjudicating experimental music. 2014 the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music - Cime/ICEM grant her the title of Honourable Member."

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track listing:


1. Echos 8:33

2. L'autre ... Ou Le Chant Des Marecages 12:34


1. L'autre Rive 17:24
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"Argentine born, French based composer Beatriz Ferreyra has played a hushed but utterly critical role in the development of musique concrete since its early days. Working alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the writing of Solfège de l'Objet Sonore, Ferreyra left GRM to pursue her compositional research outside the confines of the institution. Echos+, one of only a few collections of her work available on vinyl, collects three of her most affecting pieces; each of which explore questions of mortality and the afterlife.

Lawrence English:

"I'm not really sure when I first heard Beatriz Ferreyra's music. My best guess would be in the early to mid-2000s when I was working alongside the curatorial team at Liquid Architecture. Given the focus of the festival at that time, GRM and musique concrete more generally was very much a point of focus.

That said, it wasn't until this decade that her work was sharply in focus for me (and I am guessing a great many others). In 2017, I had the great pleasure to meet Beatriz in Braga, where we both were performing as part of the excellent Semibreve Festival. Subsequent to that I invited her to perform in Australia and we also had the pleasure to send time together this year in Rio during the Novas Frequencies Festival. Across these meetings, I have come to realise the incredible focus, generosity and vision that Beatriz has maintained across her life in sound. Beatriz Ferreyra is one of only a few female concrete composers who were active across the second half of the 20th century through to today.

Her work, which is still very much an active investigation, is simultaneously complex and elegantly simple. Often drawing upon singular object of focus, Ferreyra's use of tape and other forms of manipulation radically reconfigure her chosen sound materials, opening them outward. 'Echos' for example is sourced entirely from recordings of her niece who was killed in a car accident and 'The Other Shore' (composed as a response to the Tibetan Book Of The Dead) uses only percussion.

Echos+ brings together three of Ferreyra's most engaging compositions. Each of the works are deeply personal, but transcend that position, effortlessly welcoming us inside them. They collectively chart out a broad framework that not only defines her philosophical interests as a composer, but also marks out critical moments in her creative and technical approaches; shifting from her roots in tape music to more digital approaches."-Room40

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