AVANT #1 Esplendor Geométrico. Part I
Curated by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros
AVANT #1 focuses on the work and career of the Madrid-based group Esplendor Geométrico. Every program is composed by two parts: the first one reconstructs the group's context and contributions in the first person, with narration by Arturo Lanz and commentary by Andrés Noarbe, Francisco López and Javier Hernando. The second part follows the group's musical career through a selection of tracks that span over three decades.
Born at the end of the 1970s as a reaction to the hedonism of Madrid's New Wave (which over time became to be known as the "Movida"), Esplendor Geométrico is one of the first cases of independence in the history of Spanish music. Theirs was not only a financial and structural, but also a creative independence, and their music, rooted in an aggressive aesthetic, founded on rhythm as a means of expression and free of elitist pretensions, stands out in the music scene of recent decades as the chief influence for the development of countless branches of experimental music around the world. With their feet on the ground, the members of Esplendor Geométrico struck a sincere and lively attitude that eschewed formalities, especially those of "industrial music". Arturo Lanz, founder of the group and a resident Shanghai today, has referred to it as "folk music made with electronic instruments".