Visual illustration for Luís Ventura's musical theme "Y todo l'auga lhebou", at crossroads between classical and erudite, with the culture and language of the Miranda plateau as the backdrop.

“Establishing bridges, singing the origins and affirming a way of living...

The simplicity of the phrases and the melodic line are paralleled by the simplicity of the people and traditions of Terra de Miranda, in their deep religiosity, in their beliefs and way of life. The timbral exploration of traditional root percussion elements and body sounds establish strong points of contact with the earth and the warm colors of the summers of hell. The slow tempo of the song is the materialization of the dynamics of a people who align their priorities with the natural cycles of the harvests and lived the ungrateful fate that begins at the plow's tail and ends at the sickle blade. The serious tone of the melodic line is the musical image of the burden of injustice that the people of Terra de Miranda carry over the ages, without this burden making them give up or bend. The elements of nature referenced in the text (birds, trees, rivers), common to other latitudes, are represented rhythmically by the percussions of Iúri Oliveira who, breathing Africa, organically merge with the voices of Miranda, crossing continents and shifting some musical concepts to other less common stops. These intersections and external influences, musical and social, which go beyond the geographical constraints of the Miranda plateau, are in themselves representative of the wealth that comes from the confrontations with other societies and cultures.

Nowadays, I feel the urge to materialize this love and respect for origins. Therefore, I intend to leave a record of these past experiences, involving them in a contemporary vision. ”

Luís Ventura

 

Direction, D.O.P. & Editing
João Pedro Marnoto