Exhibition

Carlos Garaicoa: Partitura

On view August 1, 2021 to February 6, 2022

Carlos Garaicoa has imagined a new kind of orchestra — made up of 40 individual recordings of street musicians from Madrid and Bilbao, Spain. These artists vary radically in cultural background, skill level and musical tradition. Garaicoa worked with composer Estaban Puebla to produce a virtuoso composition out of this extraordinary range of performances. Partitura celebrates the potential for unity to be created from great diversity. It joyfully celebrates the visual and the musical and the possibilities of collaboration across cultures and genres.

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Carlos Garaicoa: Partitura is commissioned by Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, and adapted for the Peabody Essex Museum. This exhibition is made possible by the Nancy B. Tieken Memorial Fund and supporters of the Present Tense Initiative, including The Jeffrey P. Beale Fund for Contemporary Art and Susan and Appy Chandler. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Kate and Ford O’Neil and Henry and Callie Brauer provided generous support. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Carlos Garaicoa has imagined a new kind of orchestra — made up of 40 individual recordings of street musicians from Madrid and Bilbao, Spain.

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