Magazine article New Internationalist

Tierra Que Anda

Magazine article New Internationalist

Tierra Que Anda

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Tierra que Anda by Si Ma lrionda (ECM 986 9142 CD)

Tierra que Anda, from the acclaimed Argentinean singer Silvia lrionda, describes, as its title suggests, a 'walking land'. The phrase refers to a native Indian way of locating humankind at the centre of the land; and for lrionda this means undertaking a musical journey through the breadth of Argentina, from Tierra del Fuego to the borders of Bolivia. Like Argentina itself, Tierra que Anda is a big undertaking.

It's also an album about the rhythms found throughout the land: Peruvian cueca, Creole gato. Quechua huayno are among the many - tango is the only one missing here - that beat out the country's history of migrations. It is a wonderfully simple approach that allows Irionda literally to dance her geography.

Tierra que Anda is a meticulously recorded album, one in which birdsong helps introduce the opener, 'Alas de plata' (Silver Wings), and an airy atmosphere pervades throughout, lriondo favours a delicate instrumentation - acoustic guitars, percussion and a few strings are subtle presences on an album, where 'pataeonic wind" is the only voice out of the ordinary. …

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