In the myth, Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus, tragically died. As we all know Orpheus made something unimaginable and went down to the Underworld with the hope of finding her and taking her back to life. Once there he played a song in order to desperately trying to soften the heart of Hades and Persephone so that getting their permission to take his wife back to the world of the living. I've always wondered how that song would be, under such circumstances. What played Orpheus? What did he tell to those unearthly gods by means of music instead of words? I tried to imagine it and made this piece which will be included in my project Orphiká. (This demo is a short version)


I've put all my guts in this noise track. 'Cosmogony Of The Night'. It is the overture of my project Orphiká, and it is inspired by one of the main cosmogonies of the orphic texts that have survived till today. At the very beginning of it all there was only Night...
(Headphones are much better for the listening of this work)


'Don't Look Back (Return From Hades)'
Another piece for my project Orphiká, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.


'Orpheus Breath'. This is the second piece for my project 'Orphiká'. In this project I am exploring the myth of Orpheus through dark ambient, drone, noise, neo-classical and traditional music.


I've started a new music project called 'Orphiká'. In this occasion I will be exploring the myth of 'Orpheus in the Underworld' with noise, dark ambient, drone and neo-classical music. This one is the first piece of many.

Meditationes Vitae Christi III -Passion Of Christ-

I've released my latest album on bandcamp. This project consists of nine choral-polyphonic tracks I made last year during Lent, taking inspiration from the different episodes of the Passion of Christ.

The Temptation Of St. Anthony

'The Temptation Of St. Anthony
For my series 'Mystique et Érotique'
Álvaro Barcala © 2017

Haiku II

'Haiku II' 

For my series 'Mystique et Érotique'
Álvaro Barcala © 2017

Haiku I

29,7X42 cm.  Graphite and Color pencils on paper
For my series 'Mystique et Érotique'

The Mantis II

I am continuing again my series of drawings 'Mystique et Érotique'. I had to interrupt this series years ago when I had to leave Hamburg, but now I've recovered the line of thoughts and vibes I had back then. This is the first piece of this continuation:

'The Mantis II' 
29,7X42 cm.  Graphite and Color pencils on paper

My Music

This blog is mostly for my illustration work. You can listen and purchase my music in my bandcamp page where I have my whole discography:

or in the following players you can listen some of my releases:


In search for Eden Garden...

These are the first drawings of the series "The Golden Garden" I am working on. Along the upcoming drawings I will be developing a world relating Arthurian Legends, Alchemy and Christian Iconology

Books are my main source of inspiration. During the last two years I've become aware that I have been doing my readings in three different lines and that those lines are intimately linked (Arthurian Myths, Neoplatonic-Christian Mysticism, Christian Iconology):

As for Arthurian Myth my readings have been based in books by Chrétien de Troyes (Perceval, The story of the grail / Yvain, the Knight of the Lion / Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart / Erec and Enide), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Parzival), Geoffrey of Monmouth (Historia Regum Britanniae), The Pearl Poet (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), Anonimus (Perlesvaus), The Didot Perceval, Robert de Boron (Joseph d'Arimathe / Merlin), The Prose Lancelot, Thomas Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Roger Sherman Loomis (The Grail, from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol), Geoffrey Ash (The discovery of King Arthur, Merlin)...

As for Mysticism: Plotinus, Saint Augustine, Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius, Saint Teresa of Ávila, San Juan de la Cruz, Hildegard von Bingen, Hugh of Saint Victor, etc. / and christian thought with not a necessarily mystic approach: Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Anselm, Duns Scoto, St. Thomas Aquinas...

As for Chistian Iconology: André Grabar (The Process of Creation in Christian Iconography / The Beginnings of Christian Art / The Origins of Medieval Aesthetics), Erwin Panofsky (Studies in Iconology / Saturn and Melancholy/ Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer), Cesare Ripa (Iconology), Robin Cormack (Byzantine Art / Icons), Solrunn Nes (The Mystical Language of Icons), Hans Belting (Image and Cult / Anthropology of the Image), Juan F. Esteban Lorente (Iconography Treatise).

"The Holy Wound". 100X70 cm (39.37 X 27.55 inches). Graphite and white chalk on paper:

"The Fruit of Prayer". 32X24 cm (12.59 X 9.44 inches). Graphite and acrylic on paper:

"The Rose, Faith and the Scent of the Unseen". 32X24 cm (12.59 X 9.44 inches). Graphite and acrylic on paper:

"Mystique et Érotique"

"Le Doigt" (the finger) 50X70 cm graphite and color pencil on paper
the finger low

"The Mantis" 50X70 cm

"Initation" 50X70 cm

"Penetration" 50X70 cm

The Red Cathedral

"The Red Cathedral" (done between 2013-2014) is a book in which I have drawn the iconography I found on the walls of a Red Cathedral I discovered deeply buried in my subconscious. The outcome of it has been nearly 230 drawings. These are just some few examples from that book:

All images: Álvaro Barcala ©