"Listening from this perspective can be daunting to the contemporary ear; the idea of complexity as synonymous with quality, the saturation of the sound landscape and productions that represent the so-called post-post-symphonic great culture deafen us ... why? The reason lies in our need for saturation, rational self-complacency in excess, in the spectacle where nudity is not enough, where open flesh and blood, even death, do not sate us. No, we will not find that in the music of Julián De La Chica. It is writ large across the works that make up this experience: the aggression of the minimum lies there".
Nocturnal & Circular Images Op. 5
NCI Op. 5 No. 2 “The Return”
NCI Op. 5 No. 4 “Fado”
NCI Op. 5 No. 5 “Prelude”
NCI Op. 5 No. 6 “Retro-spective”
NCI Op. 5 No. 7 “Intro-spective”
NCI Op. 5 No. 9 “Transition”
Preludes Op. 8
Prelude Op. 8, No. 1
Prelude Op. 8, No. 5
Prelude Op. 8, No. 12
Prelude Op. 8, No. 14
Julián De La Chica - Piano
Julián De La Chica considers himself to be an "experimenter”, not a "composer". However, he composes a micro-universe from naked atomic sound. The skin is a set of pores traversed by particles of world. The music of Mr. De La Chica explores the liminal atomic spaces between these pores and the world.
The program show in this recital, does not speak of the Colombian composer living in New York City; It is a pilgrimage. The piano is the only trace of this journey of identity which is, in short, destruction. The inner sound, is the deepest for those who create from the musical abyss. Sound culture around us weaves nets like mermaid songs and Penelope mantles ... he who seeks his sound needs to choose and home is not always Ithaca.
Julián De La Chica, as Samuel Beckett, knows that companionship is being "alone" and, as in the nighttime images of William Blake, speaks of the unfathomable path with the smallest gesture of a human hand. In this program, Mr. De La Chica opens the "metaphysical box" called piano, which imagined Oteiza, like a beloved body, sole companion, minimum.
Susan Campos - Fonseca, PhD
Musicologist & Composer
Julián De La Chica is a Colombian composer, pianist and record producer based in Brooklyn, NY, whose influences range from minimalism & post-minimalism to the alternative/electronic scene. His work, most of the time inspired by everyday images, the search of personal spiritual reflection and the inner darkness, mixes piano, strings, and classical singers, with electronic keyboards and controllers, crossing over from classical to ambient/electronic music.