Javier Álvarez

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 18:26
  • Instrumentation: 2 steelpans and fixed medium
  • Commission: État (Direction de la musique, France), Ina-GRM


In memory of Delfina Fuentes, naturally

This sonic offering falls into four movements that approach the luminous sound of these astonishing Caribbean instruments. Here, steel pans and electrocoustic sounds soar through cause and effect events, evolving into several bouts of multi-grained textures. The mutual transformations of internal resonances seek to project the instrumental sound beyond the limits of its physical boundaries.


  • June 19, 2000, Florent Jodelet, Jean Geoffroy, percussion • Multiphonies 1999-2000: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)