Silvia Iriondo

Silvia Iriondo


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Ethnomusicologist, composer, singer
Silvia Iriondo formation is as social worker, getting her to know, understand and to be deeply committed with the south American reality.
This year she presents her latest album; tierra que anda (walking land), coproduced with Egberto Gismonti, and released by ECM.
Tour included Austria, Germany, Belgium, and national tour through Argentina.
For more than 30 years Silvia Iriondo has been restoring and rejuvenating Argentine popular music. In her country she has long been acknowledged as one of the most personal and versatile singers of the long forgotten traditional repertory of her country. ...She is in full artistic maturity. Her slow and safe step shows that there is another way of singing folk...., wrote the newspaper Clarín.
Iriondo has worked with many leading South American musicians, includuing Egberto Gismonti, Mercedes Sosa, Dino Saluzzi, Jaime Roos. She created the multi media show El Escuchado, based on the life and work of Atahualpa Yupanqui, the foremost figure of Argentine folk music (1908-1992), and performed for Amnesty International.
Co-producer Egberto Gismonti writes in his liner notes that Silvia Iriondo’s main goal is to achieve a non-prejudiced relationship with Argentina’s musical past and future. She is certainly a unifier of styles and traditions. Gismonti concludes:...Your musical conception, in the arrangements and the vocal phrasing, astonishes me for the constant presence of an expectation of hope, faith and deep belief in the music of your country....

Her main interest focuses in Argentinean folk music and to develop a language of her own as regards her musical proposal and the way she interprets the popular song. Anonymous popular folk songs, aboriginal music, the music of the landscape in the diversity of genders and rhythms through their most relevant composers; this is her subject matter: man related to his homeland, habits, myths, beliefs.