from Guillermo Cides
I have the honor--historical honor--to present through the
Stick Center, the first compilation of Hispanic Stick artists.
22 musicians reunited to give an answer to the question of
"what music is possible with the Stick?"
When years ago, I founded the first Center of Stickistas in
Argentina and The Stick Center in Spain, one of the premises
was to try to present the art of an instrument, during its
"freshness or newness."
The newness is something ephemeral in time, but the art I
will live by always.
Without being "collectors" or "demonstrators,"
we have worked in the old traditional voices of music: composition,
creation and the expression of people through a language.
This album represents all of this.
not be prudent to say that the selected musicians are the "best
musicians" of the instrument. To be "the best one"
has too great a weight and vainly short-sighted perception.
It is, nevertheless, an album done by people who have something
to say through a new language that is called Stick.
I am thankful to the artists of this compilation for their excellent
dispositions and enthusiasm; to the designer Estitxu Moliner;
to Emmett Chapman, inventor of the Stick and its current technique,
for his consistent support and vision; to the sound engineer
Guillermo Zuloaga; and to the public who bravely come to the
concerts to listen to a music without history, done by musicians
without history, playing an instrument whose history is being
written in this same moment...