MERAYA (2020)

Meraya is an audiovisual poetic journey that shows Shipibo-Konibo visions from an indigenous logic; letting the natural and free expression of ancestral wisdom flow. Beyond purely anthropological documentaries, there are few films that relate to Shipibo experiences, and Meraya is one of them.

The proposal developed by Director Pedro Favaron introduces the viewer into the Amazon through the intertwining of fundamental art and everyday practices of Shipibo civilization: kené patterns and textile craft, and an understanding and profound respect for the forest and its beings (earthly and spiritual). These elements relate to equilibrium and to the ordered beauty of connecting.

As part of its visual and narrative landscapes, Meraya has several layers of sonority. Ikaros, or ayahuasca chants, and the forest, with its birds, rivers, rain, plants, and myriad animals, are all intermingled with Fred Clarke Álvarez’s delicate musical arrangements and compositions. This juxtaposition creates a primeval and contemporary view of Shipibo-Konibo culture in which there are no voice-overs nor animations; rather, experience at its raw.



This musical production has been developed as part of the NASCA exhibition (Museo de Arte Lima 2017, Museo Rietberg Zúrich 2017-2018, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn 2018, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid 2019) and intends to awaken the senses and tune in with the pre-Hispanic legacy, thus transmitting a new insight into Nasca. This production has been recorded using original Nasca antaras or pan-flutes dating back to 200 B.C. – 650 D.C. Replica antaras also were recorded as diverse musical instruments used in pre-Hispanic times, such as quenas, quenillas, drums, rattles, whistling vessels among other instruments.



Music was a fundamental part in the activities of the ceremonial center of Pucllana. A series of music instruments were found in this archeological site. It says the Ychma’s, the culture that lived in Pucllana, used music for spiritual interactions. Sounds of Pucllana brings to the present the echoes of the ancestors from Lima and Wari cultures, contained in ceramic antaras, whistles, quenas and rattles.



This album is my second solo production. It was recorded in the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru at my house. It was a production that took 3 months to finish. The track Sara Raymi is the featured composition of the album and the most listened track of all my music. I recorded, mixed and produced this album in 2008. Remixed and remastered in 2011.

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