"La Ciudad de Agua 1994-2013" at Rome's Auditorio Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone

March 27, 2024

Carmen Noheda, currently a researcher at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, presents "La Ciudad de Agua", originally composed in 1994 by José Iges and Concha Jerez, at the Auditorio Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone de Roma, where it can be heard from 1 to 30 April 2024 between 11am and 8pm. 

As the authors point out, "our sound composition is a monument as inventoried as it is full of legends, as accessible to the contemporary eye and ear as it is inscrutable as regards its original genesis and layout. We are referring to the Alhambra in Granada. La Ciudad del Agua is the verification, in terms of a sound composition that does not shirk the techniques of reportage and almost Brechtian distancing, of these tensions, of this field of perplexities. A gallery of ghosts makes its way, aided by its visitors and the tour guides who accompany them. As part of the monument itself, a large part of the Arabic texts, of the epigraphic poetry, which mark the route of the visitors and also of the listener, is set up. And the confrontation is sought with a false sound archaeology, which is contrasted with all the above to complete the image composed sequence by sequence, like a mosaic, like a twelve-sided polyhedron, the fundamental number of the Alhambra". 

1994 La Ciudad de Agua (audio)