Mambo à la Braque

Javier Álvarez

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 3:02
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes
  • ISWC: T0103334184


Like words made out of cutting letters from a newspaper, I have used in Mambo à la Braque [Braque-style Mambo] short musical segments which come from the well known mambo Caballo Negro by composer Dámaso Pérez Prado to whom this short piece pays homage. I have reassembled them into a sound mosaic and used a few other sounds to ‘glue’ them together. My aim was to create a sort of cubist music, or put in other words, a mambo of my own invention made out of mambo cuttings.

Javier Álvarez [xi-90]



  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)

  • [November 1992]
    Mambo à la Braque (1990, 3:02) by Javier Álvarez