Original work by Marivaldo Dos Santos

Salomé

This is a short extract. The full piece is 9'04".

A testing, intense and entirely encapsulating composition composed with surprisingly incidental, everyday objects (e.g. brooms, bins, buckets, keys) alongside more conventional drums and voice.

Working in the moment, the artist creates a theatrical improvisation based on the biblical story of Salomé, and the beguiling dance and the ensuing violence and consumption (as in, lust and blood lust) for which the story is known. For the artist the rhythm in this piece is of most importance, he refers to candomblé, an African, spiritualist religion prevalent in Bahia, north Eastern Brazil. Integral to Brazilian identity, candomblé resonates in some way with the frightening allure of both Salomé's dance and her fate, and here the artist employs an amalgam of rhythms from Bahia, jazz and piano.

By entering a kind of trance, the artist as improviser creates other dimensions and in the end, he explains, "one must search deeply within the rhythms to get to the heart of the whole".

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