Angel Ontalva - Mundo Flotante (2012)
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Progressive Rock, Jazz Rock | OctoberXart Records #ao01
Spanish composer and musician Ángel Ontalva is perhaps best known as a central member of the Spanish band October Equus, but he has been involved in multiple side projects and collaborative productions in the last few years as well, in addition to establishing a solo career. Ángel Ontalva released his first solo album, Mundo Flotante, in 2012. For the album he is accompanied by almost all the current members of his band. However, the sound is quite different. The album consists of instrumental progressive rock with an arguable foundation in jazz rock seasoned with details and elements from avant-garde, symphonic, chamber and folk/world music. Intricate chamber music compositions alternate with collective improvisations weaving a sound tapestry full of color and shades...
According to Ontalva, the Mundo Flotante project came about originally in 2007 as a result of a failed attempt to reunite Transarabian Connection, another of Ontalva's projects, a band centered around a mixture of fusion, modern chamber music, and Sephardic music. A week before the reunion concert was to take place, there was a divergence of opinion as to the direction of the music which led to the singer leaving. Unable to read Arabic lyrics, Ontalva decided instead to pull together several fragments and unfinished compositions, which over the course of the next week became the basis for the Mundo Flotante project. The material was presented live over the next few years and finally recorded from 2009 through 2012.
Although different from October Equus, the Mundo Flotante project shares much of the same sense of adventure and wonderful soundscapes of that band, incorporating instead Oriental themes and taking a much more relaxed approach. This project led to the creation of another, called Ofir, after the main suite of songs on the Mundo Flotante album.
01. Sopla viento del Este [04:37]
02. Bounkam Reverie [04:09]
03. Leylia [04:01]
04. Una para Lars [03:58]
05. Suite Sendas de Ofir / En Ruta [01:40]
06. Suite Sendas de Ofir / White Bird [06:22]
07. Suite Sendas de Ofir / Sendas de Ofir [04:45]
08. Suite Sendas de Ofir / Oricalco [02:33]
09. Suite Sendas de Ofir / Oricalco Coda [02:29]
10. Aurelia quiere saber [02:24]
11. Sunda Stream [02:43]
12. Aguas del Bagradas [04:19]