Caravana is a song in 7/8 time signature, which is often used in folk music from the Balkan region. The violin plays the melody in the A-section. The B-section switches to a 4/4 Middle Eastern rhythm with the voice playing an instrumental part. The A-section returns once again, but the voice takes the lead towards the end. The lyrics are in Spanish and roughly translate to the following:
If you leave, you'll miss me
I know you'll never forget me
If you love me, follow my caravan.
This song, like Sangre Gitana, were inspired by Romani culture.
Arabika is influenced by Middle Eastern/Northern African music. The song begins with the violin playing over a percussive 4/4 background, but in the B-section the violin, accompanied by keyboards, turns the song into a lyrical piece. All types of percussion instruments were used for this piece. We even spent three hours looking for a bottle that was pitched to A. We found a bottle of red wine that was perfect for it. We drank the wine and used the bottle towards the end of the composition.
Red de Ilusiones is a song in Spanish with keyboards and tabla (India) accompaniment. The lyrics are too long to translate but they talk about breaking the barrier of distance through a net of hope. I've met some pretty amazing individuals through the internet, my husband among them.
Sangre Gitana combines the flavor of Flamenco and Cuban music. A girl sees the Gitanos (gypsies) pass by her town and tells her mother good bye, as she will follow them with nothing but her guitar. There's a personal story behind this song. One day I'll blog about it.
Mariana Carreras - Violinist
Mannie Lopez Font - Percussionist, Wind Player, Producer, Engineer.
Klara Gomez - Keyboards, Singer, Songwriter, Arranger.
I hope you enjoy the music. I'd love to hear from you. :-)