the September third 2000, the singer Enrique Morente played a concert in Madrid
with the Chekkara Orchestra of Tetuan. Morente
performed various songs with his regular group, followed by a set played by the
Chekkara Orchestra, but the grand finale consisted of more that twenty minutes
of music played by both groups in a fusion that highlighted the fluid effectiveness
of the songs they were performing. An enthusiastic public embraced the music with
you come up with the idea for this project?
It came out of
a long time relationship with the Orchestra of Abdessadak Chekkar, an Arab musician
with whom I performed many shows and learned a lot from (deceased 1988).
complicated preparing for this concert?
On the first of
the month we performed in Malaga, that was the opening night. I went a few days
to Tetuan, smoked a few of those cigarettes that they smoke down there and made
it out alive. They also treated me incredibly well, we sang, we played, we rehearsed,
we came to an understanding and from this we created the songs that you've seen
you have a clear idea of the rhythms that came out in your music?
There had already
been a few things, an idea in my head - they always seem to tend towards the tanguillo
and the tango. This also happens a lot in Latin America. In the end these rhythms
are pretty common to different types of music around the world.
to function in a very natural way
Yeah, yeah, that
part is easy...
a fusion of very different styles it seems you have created a common music between
If you see it like
that than I am very happy and very excited. What I don't want to do is a "piece"
from the 21st century, but instead create a cordial and brotherly encounter between
record this music?
I haven't really
thought about it, but hey... if I had to put out a CD for every culture I mixed
with I'd be putting out about 7 or 8 CDs a year. It wouldn't be bad - if I got
paid for it by the record company then I could build myself a home.
you sang the Flamenco Mass.
In Hannover, at
the Universal Expo.
also performing the Lorca CD, doing concerts with Lagartija Nick (Omega), but
even with this, you've now adopted new poems.
I did a poem from
the 15th century, a medieval poem with music that is also ancient.
Enrique Morente and the Orquesta Chekkara
of music do you feel best playing?
Each thing has
its moments. With each project I have the same excitement, because without it
I wouldn't do what I do.
Literal and dogmatic
definitions tire me. I like the truth, the roots, I don't like those that are
made by purists. What do we do then- those of us who aren't "pure"?
And how do we live?
do you have for the future?
I'm getting ready
to work with Mauricio Sotelo (classical music director/composer), who has gone
now for vacation, but it's something that he likes a lot... it is an adaptation
of a poem by Jose Angel Valente that is called "Nobody."
weren't a Flamenco singer, what would you do?
I would be a rock
singer, I made a mistake in my path, but I noticed it at age 50, now it´s
too late to go back.
done more interesting rock music that many.
Good, I've made
up for it a little - I just like the unconventional way of thinking more that
of the stable and hypocritical.
Interview: Daniel Muņoz . 2000