Leaving back a sea of dunes, I found myself in subsharian lands, hit by the beat of the sabar drum and bluesy chants. Only a few shirts shared my bag with an audio recorder and a bunch of microphones while I was taken by the warm sorrounding soundscapes. SolySombra Recordings borns out of the desire of canning this sound universe into audiovisual pieces and get to stroke others with it as I was.
Since 2004, Quino Piñero, as SolySombra Recordings, has been performing sound field and studio recordings around the world with a special interest in the music from the African continent. Gradually, visual support is added in order to document the audio recording process, conforming works like the documentary film Le Message du Issa Ber (East End Festival 2011), which portrays the music from the Niger Bend (Northern Mali) featuring Khaira Arby, Tinariwen, Alkibar Junior and Male Toure among many others.
In 2012 SolySombra Recordings transfers its headquarters to Ethiopia moved by Ethiopiques (Buda Musique) legacy, with the willingness of capturing Ethiopian music of today: Roaring Abyss (Womex15), is the first of a series of two documentary films resulting from this music research and production around Ethiopia; New Voices in an Old Flower (Work in Progress) aims to depict Addis Abeba’s contempary music scene.
SolySombra Recordings is a platform created by Quino Piñero, focused on documenting, through audio and visual approaches, sounds and the stories behind them.