LIDIO by Manuel Contreras Vázquez
Lidio, for two guitars (2020). Commissioned by Mixtur Festival, Spain. Premiered by Duo Lallement & Marques at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona, 11 September 2020.
“Lidio”, as the ecclesiastic mode from F to F, or from C to C. “Lidio”, as the verb “lidiar” (in Spanish): to fight or disputing with someone or something to reach and objective. To face with something or someone: gérer, to deal with, combattere… Lidio is the middle name of Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez, popular Chilean songwriter and Theatre director, militant of Salvador Allende’s “Unidad Popular” (Popular Unity), travel companion of Luigi Nono during his journey among Chilean people at the end of the sixties: workers, students, farmers. The singer of the people's happiness that was murdered by Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1973 after terrible torments in a concentration camp. The three meanings of the word “Lidio” joining in this piece to generate a subtle sonic dramatization that works as Victor Jara’s antiphon. A short requiem for who faced with his song the cruellest face of tyranny, and who embodied within his name a remembrance of an archaic, ancestral and essential sonic material.