Global Music Column – June

Mabe Fratti

Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos?

With most of the world swiftly entering lockdown in early 2020, few of us could say we had found ourselves in the right place at the right time. Yet musical connections led the Guatemalan cellist and composer Mabe Fratti to quarantine in the artist compound La Orduña, outside Mexico City. It proved to be exactly where she needed to be to compose her second album, Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos? (Will We be Able to Understand Each Other Now?).

Armed with her cello, synths and field microphones, Fratti set out to record the sounds of birds circling the skies and insects chattering through the night, while sharing compositional ideas with fellow La Orduña residents such as composer Claire Rousay, experimental band Tajak, and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Tirado. The result is nine tracks that inspire inner spaciousness, undercut with a journeying sense of unease, through the creation of ambient, textural soundscapes.

Read the review in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 28/05/21]