Marco Granados: Los Tiestos De Moca (Moca's Pottery)


Los Tiestos De Moca (Moca's Pottery)


Marco Granados (flute)


Music of Venezuela (Soundbrush 1014)

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Marco Granados (flute),

Jorge Glem (cuatro), Robert Koch (bass), Leonard Granados (maracas)


Composed by Alberto “Beto” Valderrama


Recorded: Caracas, Venezuela, and Boulder, CO, dates unknown; released November 2008


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Lovers of the flute, not to mention anyone else who appreciates the technical mastery of any instrument, simply must hear Marco Granados. He studied with James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal, and it's not hyperbole to say that he is at least the equal of each. On Music of Venezuela, Granados explores the contemporary music of his native country, with the aid of his Venezuelan group, Un Mundo.

"Los Tiestos de Moca" is composer Valderrama's tribute to his mother, who makes pottery for a living in a secluded region of Venezuela. It's described as a Venezuelan meringue, which is distinguished by its 5/8 rhythm. Granados starts out in unison with bassist Koch, playing the melody in a nearly rubato classically restrained fashion. The full ensemble then repeats the line in a bracing 5/8 rhythm and Granados solos spiritedly above Glem's vigorous accompaniment on cuatro (a 4-stringed guitar). Granados's flawless intonation and articulation are quite apparent, as is his skilled use of slurs, trills, and other devices. His fast-fingered ease with the rhythm, and his inventive thematic variations prove that he is no mere robotic technician. Koch and Glem follow with shorter solos that are both fluent and highly expressive. The breezy theme is once again briskly handled by the agile and commanding Granados.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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