viernes, 31 de julio de 2009

·"Mastropiero que Nunca" - Les Luthiers

Les Luthiers is a comedy-musical group from Argentina, very popular also in several other Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Venezuela. Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador. They were formed in 1967 by Gerardo Masana, during the height of a period of very intense Choral Music activity in Argentina's state universities. Their outstanding characteristic are the home-made musical instruments (hence the name luthiers, French for "musical instrument maker"), some of them extremely sophisticated, which they skillfully employ in their recitals to produce music and texts full of high class and refined humor. Les Luthiers began writing humorous pieces primarily in a Baroque style, especially imitating vocal genres such as cantatas, madrigals and serenatas. Later, they diversified into humorous renditions of music in other genres, from romantic lieder and opera to pop, mariachi and even rap. Their stage show is often intermingled with humorous skits, often involving absurd situations, the music and biography of fictional composer Johann Sebastian Mastropiero and a heavy reliance on fairly sophisticated word play. Much of the humor derives from the basic contradictions between the formality and highly developed vocal and instrumental technique of classical musicians and the sheer silliness of their show. Three members of the group also provided their voices for the pigeons in the Latin American and Spanish dubbings of the 2008 Disney film, Bolt. Les Luthiers are known in particular for employing a diverse ensemble of invented instruments created from common, everyday materials. The group's first home-made musical instrument, the bass-pipe a vara (a sort of trombone), was created by Gerardo Masana, the founder of the group, by joining cardboard tubes found in the garbage and miscellaneous items. Forty years later, this instrument is still being used on stage. The first informal instruments were relatively simple, like the Gum-Horn, made with a hose, a funnel and a trumpet's mouthpiece, and some of them were born as a parody of musical instruments, which is the case of the latín (referred to in English as fiddlecan) and the violata, bowed instruments whose resonating chambers are made out of a large tin for processed ham and a paint can respectively, the marimba de cocos, a marimba made out of coconuts, and others. Inventor and instrument-maker Carlos Iraldi (1920 - 1995), as "Les Luthiers' luthier", was responsible for inventing several more sophisticated instruments, including the mandocleta, a bicycle whose rear wheel moves the strings of a mandolin, the bajo barríltono, a Double bass whose body is a giant barrel, and others. After Iraldi's death in 1995 Hugo Domínguez took his place, and made instruments such as the desafinaduccia, the nomeolbídet etc. Current members are Carlos López Puccio (Bowed Strings -violin, viola, cello-, synthesizers, vocals, percussion, dactilophone, etc.), Jorge Maronna (vocals, fretted strings -guitar, bass, banjo, charango, lute-, cello, synthesizers, etc.), Marcos Mundstock (vocals, percussion, trumpet, synthesizer, etc.), Carlos Núñez Cortés (piano, vocals, recorder, piccolo, Bunsen flute, synthesizer, etc.), Daniel Rabinovich (vocals, guitar, violin, bass-pipe, sousaphone, recorder, drums, etc.); and former members were Gerardo Masana ( -founder, died in 1973- (guitar, bass-pipe, vocals, percussion, etc.), and Ernesto Acher -left the group in 1986- (piano, horn, trumpet, clarinet, drums, synthesizers, cello, vocals, etc.) 'Mastropiero que nunca' was a theatrical humour/music show by Les Luthiers, first performed on Friday 9 September 1977 and last done on Sunday 27February 1983 (although it was headlining only during 1977 and 1978). It consisted of nine new (never performed previously) live numbers, which ranged from a madrigal to a salsa skit.

Photobucket Luthiers - Mastropiero que Nunca (en vivo).rar

1- Jingle Bass-Pipe: A taped intro for the show, employing Marcos Mundstock's voice (as broadcaster) using puns.
2- La Bella Y Graciosa Moza (The Beautiful Gracious Lass): A madrigal with humour relying again on puns. Sung (and probably written) by Marcos Mundstock.
3- El Asesino Misterioso (The Mysterious Killer): A long film advert, featuring Carlos Lopez Puccio playing the shoephone (a new instrument invented for the show).
4- Visita A La Universidad De Wildstone (Visit To Wildstone College): A short fake documentary, featuring Ernesto Acher playing another new instrument, the Calephone.
5- El Beso De Ariadna (Ariadna's kiss): Three different versions of a love song, all of them sung by Daniel Rabinovich.
6- Poemas de Gemini (Gemini’s Poem)
7- Lazy Daisy: A music-hall number written and sung in English.
8- Payada De La Vaca (Cow's Payada): A musical duel between two Argentinian folkloric payadores (played by Jorge Maronna and Daniel Rabinovich).
9- Cantata Del Adelantado Don Rodrigo Díaz De Carreras, De Sus Hazañas En Tierras De Indias, de Los Singulares Acontecimientos En Que Se Vio Envuelto y De Cómo Se Desenvolvió: A long cantata including several folkloric passages, about a fictional Spaniard adelantado who'd pre-discovered South America.


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