Carlos Garaicoa's Partitura is an immersive installation that takes the form of a stage for an imaginary orchestra. On each of forty music stands rests a score sheet covered with abstract drawings and a video tablet showing the performance of a single street musician in Madrid or Bilbao. These performances range from a West African griot to an opera singer, an accordion player to a classical cellist. Heard throughout the room is the soundtrack to a three-channel video installation based on a composition by the composer Esteban Puebla. By weaving the radically contrasting street musician performances into a single composition that is combined with an animation of the score sheet drawings, the artist creates a collective portrait of creative expression that is surprising, joyful and revelatory.
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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.