Looking over the precipice of pure emotion, Yamila dances between electronic and analog music, tradition and experimentation. Following in the wake of her first work, Iras Fajro 2019 (Forbidden Colours), supported by Clark (Warp), this year the Spanish composer, cellist, singer and producer will reveal her most intimate catharsis in her second album Visions (Umor-Rex). A celebration of hallucinatory powers of music, it offers a journey that prodigiously unites baroque accents, Spanish folklore and contemporary electronic music, and includes a collaboration with the New York based musician Rafael Anton Irisarri.
Yamila is based between Brussels and Madrid. With her latest albums, in addition to multiple collaborations with contemporary dance companies and visual artists, Yamila has brought her distinctive sound to venues as diverse as avant-garde music festivals and Opera theaters. Clark and Rafael Anton Irisarri are two of the artists with whom she has collaborated recently and who connect her with the electronic constellation of MUTEK, to which she will bring her haunting, evocative and highly emotional sound thanks to Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques.
Yamila reveals her most intimate catharsis in Visiones, a show that gathers and provokes the hallucinatory powers of music. Like an ancient herald, she announces the profound feminine mystique as she traverses epic melodies full of pleasure and pain. This work is a journey that prodigiously unites baroque accents, Spanish folklore and contemporary electronic music. Her voice and music - at times heartbreaking and at others buoyant - could at times resemble a score to a biblical passage. Her songs brim with physical ecstasy and sounds that can be touched. Throughout the performance an aural chiaroscuro with beautiful vocals and choirs melds deeply with bold drones. It is in this set of moments where Yamila's conceptual axis becomes solid. Pain and glory, lacerating religiosity, feminism cauterized by power and hallucinations as a source to be heard. The stage will become a ritualistic space in which collective listening has the ambition to repair old wounds.
Spanish composer, cellist, singer and producer Yamila.
Umor Rex, Forbidden Colours
Visions (Umor Rex, 2022)
Yamila is a regular collaborator with contemporary dance groups, for which she has made music. Her most recent collaboration was with the choreographer Marina Mascarell and her piece Orthopedica corporatio (2021).