Canto De Todes | Dorian Wood | Fusebox Festival

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival and the Museum of Human Achievement
Wed Apr 10, 2024

Canto de Todes is an immersive 12-hour composition and installation. Inspired by a lyric of the late Chilean singer and songwriter Violeta Parra, the Creative Capital-awarded project emphasizes the urgency of folk music as a vessel for social change.

Canto de Todes is an ode to the folk music Wood was brought up listening to. The idea that music could simultaneously provide comfort and inspire social change has been inspirational. The connections that artists like Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, and Inti-Illimani made with their communities was crucial in inspiring social and political change in Chile and Argentina as well as throughout Latin America.

A genre-defying canon of songs arriving as a long-durational spatial experience, the work is divided into three movements. The first and third movements are hour-long chamber pieces influenced by folk, popular, and experimental music. The second movement is a 10-hour pre-recorded piece unfolding throughout multiple spaces within the hosting venue.

Canto de Todes upends the expectation of the rigidness often associated with witnessing chamber music performances by offering a welcoming space that allows individuals to project their personal, communal joys, and traumas. It is a collaborative work with local artists who are invited to permanently incorporate their respective visions into the body of this evolving piece.

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