CEMENTO ATLANTICO – Amazonienne
Iquitos, a city of 1200 square kilometers in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, an urban conglomerate built on the arboreal void as a result of logging by Gustave Eiffel. At the end of the 19 th century, the French engineer wiped out a huge part of the forest to grow rubber trees.
Not being satisfied yet, he built an inhospitable and inaccessible iron house with the remains of the famous Parisian tower, exactly between the edge of the Equator and the bends of the Rio Marañón. Although Eiffel is still remembered today as a disfiguring slaveholder, in this place, willingly or not, among caimans, blind dolphins, mariposarios and sloths, you can breathe a “french-amazonian” cultural mix that has indelibly influenced the habits and customs of the citizens of Iqueteñi, so isolated from everything but so close to the traditions of at least three continents: the America of the Indians, the Africa of the slaves and the Europe of the invaders.
Field recordings: The singing of the Phia, a very common bird in the Amazon rainforest, is the source of the natural carpet and synth base of this song. The percussion was recorded in two different periods and locations, during a street performance in Paris and during a religious parade in the city of Iquitos in Peru. The singing theme comes from a shamanic rite in the Quechua language.