Rio Electrico – Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla

Artist: Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla
Label: Elektramusic
Release Date: 2022-08-17
Genres: Contemporary, Electroacoustic, Experimental, Instrumental
1. C'est l'amour
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2. Rio Electrico
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3. Trigger
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4. Las Fuerzas de la Historia
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C’est l’amour – 2018
Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla : electric guitar
Composer : Patricia Martinez

Rio Electrico – 2018
Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla : electric guitar
Composer : Manuel Valverde

Trigger – 2021
Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla : electric guitar
Composer : Alejandro Aguilar

Las Fuerzas de la Historia
Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla : electric guitar
Composer : Santiago Pedernera

About the album

Rio Electrico is dedicated exclusively to contemporary music for electric guitar. Through four current works by Argentine composers, the multiple possibilities of the electric guitar are explored, from its traditional sounds to expanding the limits of its natural sound.

C’est L’amour (2018)

A man and his guitar. A metaphor of an unsolved equation. The electric guitar is one of the symbolic icons from XX Century. Rock & roll and pop music used it as an essential material. In between, many generations of young people approach to music through a guitar, and that instrument becomes a whole that also condenses all their dreams and desires.

In the meantime, a man, alone, suffering, with his guitar,
thanks to his guitar.

Patricia Martinez

Río Eléctrico (2018)

More than a musical discourse, Río Eléctrico proposes a listening disposition in which the different sections that conform it are resignifying each other. In this flow, not only sonorities produced by the electric guitar are presented, but also music from very different contexts is integrated. Through different interventions produced by the electric guitar, these musics that appear do not do so under the form of “quotation”, on the contrary, the intromission is exposed, they are extrapolated from their original context and enter the piece as a sort of “guests”.

Another of the main characteristics of this work is to conceive the interpretative decision making in an open way. The performer is the one who will determine, according to his criteria and his temporal perception, how much should remain in each section, making the musical form and the final duration of the piece change in each performance.

Manuel Valverde

Trigger (2021)

For electric guitar and effects processor (trigger: cause something to start, provoke, set in motion, make work)

The piece exposes the tension that occurs between the juxtaposition and superposition of very concise and diverse sound materials, which present a wide spectrum of characteristics that range from the crude, the rough, to the delicate and subtle. These tensions are manifested at the level of materials and processes, giving rise to a formal configuration that, at times, it avoids predictability, and at others, it uses it to its advantage. Mainly, the integral concept that guides this search is that of the coexistence between poetics of the organic and the technological. At the same time, the sound universe of the work incorporates the connotative charge of the instrument, and uses it as a point of reference to move in a terrain that is transformed through the action of the instrumental technique.

Alejandro Aguilar

Las fuerzas de la historia (2021)

Las Fuerzas de la Historia (The forces of History) is an audiovisual piece for electric guitar and midi controller. The piece incorporates digital sounds and a group of audiovisual samples that were posted in Twitter under the hashtag #SOSColombia. These videos document the struggle of the Colombian people against repression and oppression under the government of former president Iván Duque, and the deepening of Neoliberal policies that led to an increasing inequality. They were also used by activists to register and report the violation of human rights committed by law enforcements during the protests.

The title of the work refers to a speech given by the activist and leader of the Chilean marxist-leninist far left political party and former urban guerilla organization MIR (Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria), Miguel Enríquez, at the Capoulicán theater in 1973 after Pinochet’s coup d’etat. In that speech, Enríquez encouraged the people of Chile to organize and fight against the dictatorship. “Adelante con las fuerzas de la historia” (“Ahead, with the forces of History”) is the final phrase of Enriquez ‘s last speech.

Santiago Pedernera

Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla – Electric Guitar

As a performer, he has worked on projects ranging from the repertoire of 20th and 21st Century composers to using new technologies to explore the limits of his instrument, working with composers such as Mesías Maiguashca, Blas Emilio Atehortúa, Luciano Azzigotti, Valentín Pelisch, Ezequiel Ezquenazi and Juan Ortiz de Zárate, among others.

He has performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Honduras. He has been a guest in musical ensembles such as Compañía Oblicua and Nuntempe Ensamble, Megafón-s in Argentina.

He studied classical guitar at the El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia, later he did postgraduate studies in contemporary music performance at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory.

In addition to Río Eléctrico, he has recorded Resonancias de la Modernidad, an album dedicated to contemporary Latin American music for guitar, and MIXTA, an album with recordings entirely dedicated to the format of guitar and electronic sounds.

He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Performance of Latin American Music of the 20th Century at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, and teaches classical guitar at the Escuela Municipal de Música (EMMU) in Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Technical credits & informations

Ricardo Cuadros Pradilla – Electric Guitar
Recording, edition and mixing : Juan Marco Litrica, Ochoojos producciones
Mastering: Ariel Alejandro Gato in
Support: Prize “Argentina Florece 2021” instituto Nacional de Música INAMU


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