3 mil RIOS
Is a multimedia opera created in collaboration with local communities and artists who live along some of the main rivers in the Putumayo, Caquetá, Chocó, Pará and developed in close cooperation and support from environmental and artist's organizations PangeiArt, Amazon Conservation Team Colombia, Mas Arte Mas Acción and Flora ars+natura based in Bogotá.
"The opera needed to reflect people's lives in the rain forest, their realities and their culture. Only then could we channel their voices and share the drama that's unfolding but also the beauty of that environment"
The libretto is based on Roberto Franco's book 'Cariba Malo', the late Colombian anthropologist who traced the history of the Yuris, an indigenous community who lives in voluntary isolation in the Puré river in the Amazonas Department in the Colombian Amazon.
The score written by Victor Gama is divided into three acts with a scenography based on video projections and multi-channel sound synchronised with the movement of the camera. The audience is immersed in the forest, its rivers and its people.
YETZABEL ARIAS FERNANDES
soprano, Havana, Cuba frequently collaborating with Ton Koopman and Jordi Savall.
singer, dancer, Muruí-Muína community, Puerto Berlin, Caquetá, Colombia
soprano, Buenaventura, Colombia sings regularly with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota.
MARIA INÊS PALACIOS
field research consultant,
anthropologist working in processes of restitution and legalization of indigenous territories across the Colombian Amazon.
WAIRA NINA JANAMIJOY MUTUMBAJOY
singer, performer and cultural policy advisor for the Inga Nation, from Florencia, Colombia.
composer, director, video, initiated and produced 3thousand Rivers on a commission by the Prince Claus Fund and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
SALOMÉ PAIS MATOS
a multifaceted harpist from Portugal, works regularly with the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra and Lisbon Metroplitan Orchestra.
drummer, percussionist from Bogota, band member of Los Pirañas, Frente Cumbiero and Rompe Rayo.
multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist band member of Curupira, Aterciopelados, editor of the Sonidos Enraizados label in Colombia.
video projections, field work photography,
principal conductor with Orquestra Clássica do Sul, and artistic director of Algarve Classical Festival
independent curator working in music, art and technology linking disparate fields across art forms and disciplines.