MP3 Alvaro Bitran - Mi Chelada
An exciting and unique mixture of genres infused with the rich texture of the cello.
13 MP3 Songs in this album (50:59) !
Related styles: CLASSICAL: Postmodern, WORLD: World Fusion
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Álvaro Bitrán was born in Chile of a family of distinguished musicians. He
started playing the cello at the age of seven and concluded his formal
studies at Indiana University under the guidance of world renowned
cellist Janos Starker.
In 1982 he founded the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a string quartet
that now enjoys world-wide recognition. In addition to frequent tours
of both North and South America, the quartet also tours Europe, Israel
and New Zealand.
Recent performances have included New York’s Carnegie Hall,
Washington’s Kennedy Center and Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala.
His recordings (more than 50 in all) have appeared in various labels
such as Dorian, New Albion and Urtext and have received several pri-
zes, including two Grammy Nominations in 2001: Best Chamber Music
Performance and Best Classical CD at the Latin Grammys.
Álvaro Bitrán is regularly invited to play as soloist with some of the major
orchestras in our continent: Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina and Venezue-
la symphony orchestras, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Seattle and San Antonio Symphony in the U.S. and Ottawa’s National
Arts Center Orchestra in Canada, among others.
Álvaro Bitrán is firmly committed to the creation of new music for his
instrument and has premiered and recorded many new works dedi-
cated to him.
He has recently released two cello and piano CD’s featuring new mu-
sic by Latin American composers, as well as traditional repertoire.
He has devoted much of his energy to teaching and is responsible for
the development of an entire generation of cellists in Mexico. Currently
he is a faculty member at the National Arts Center in Mexico City, at
the UANL in Monterrey and at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.
He offers seminars and master classes in many universities in the US and
México and plays in a cello built by Martin Stoss, in 1817, in
This project was born in the attic of my house in The Woodlands, Texas
in 2004. On those lonely Texan nights, with my son Daniel controlling
the recording sessions and playing percussion and myself at the cello,
we discovered the great pleasure of mixing strings, microphones and
mallets … years later, while living in Monterrey, that experiment ma-
terialized in this disk. In this musical adventure many different sounds
converge, as well as many external and internal characters, all born in
a delirious year, marked by strong personal life experiences.
How could I explain such a diverse combination of musical works, uni-
ted only by the sound of the cello? Perhaps as a self-portrait, using as
a brush only the music that surrounds me at this moment in my life? Or
maybe as a "divertimento", a project -heterogeneous in appearance-
brought together solely by the fine thread of pleasure? Or perhaps as
my birthday present- a wink of an eye to my half-century of "residence
on Earth"? In any case, a small sign, my minimal contribution with what
I do best, to this violent world that surrounds me.
This unique experience of recording so many voices with my cello led
me to explore my inner voice in search of the sound and character
that each part required: a classic Mexican bolero, a Hindu raga with
sitar, a tango with bandoneon by Piazzolla, a duet with Tibetan flute, a
Dan-Son with tropical percussions, a blues for six cellos, and many other
In this musical journey, I lived with many of the characters who share
my world as an interpreter. Nevertheless, my goal has been to disap-
pear in order to let the music speak, leaving, however, a minimal perso-
nal mark along the way: the texture of the sound, the tempo of a sigh,
a slight trace of the soul.
This musical adventure led me to put forth all the traditional and con-
temporary virtuosity of cello playing in works as complex as Echú and
Digital, while at the same being thrown into the fascinating world of
improvisation in Raga Jop and MountainSong.
An additional challenge was the synchronization of all voices, reaching
its extreme with nine cellos in Dan-Son. The challenge was not only the
rhythmic coordination, but also and above all, the unity of musical in-
tention, in order to make the music flow in the atmosphere of freedom
in which it loves to dwell.
Finally I must thank the dear friends who have enriched this recording
with their talent: Gabriela Ortiz, Cesar Olguín, SidarthaSiliceo, Nawang
Kechog, Ricardo Gallardo, Alfredo Bringas. Alejandro Cardona, Miguel
del Aguila, EnricoChapela, Javier Alvarez, Javier Montiel, and Enrique
And of course to my dear daughter Alina, whose solar presence has
illuminated my life and my dear son Daniel, without whom this recor-
ding would not exist. In addition to collaborating with his musical talent
and his impressive technical knowledge, Daniel has been my partner
and accomplice in this whole project.
This album is dedicated to Marielena Arizpe, my muse, wife and part-
ner, with whom I have had the privilege of sharing this life journey.
Alvaro Bitran: Violoncello, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Arranger
Daniel Bitran Arizpe: Engineer, Producer, Percussion
Nawang Khechog: Flute
Sidarta Siliceo: Sitar
Cesar Olguín: Bandoneon, Arranger
Bogdan Zawitowski: Mastering
Javier Alvares: Arranger, Cadence
Ricardo Gallardo, Alfredo Bringas: Percussion
AMG Album ID: W 170720