Christ In The Desert

Another musical 'meditatio', this time on the time Christ spent in the desert.

Child Of Miracles

Another minimalist choral/polyphonic work, titled 'Child Of Miracles'.

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Flight Into Egypt

A minimalist polyphonic work about the flight of Christ into Egypt . 

The Birth Of God

I've made this choral work in and for Nativity's day and I've called it 'The Birth Of God'.

One of the things that occupied my thoughts and feelings in this day is the idea of how tragic and conflictive was the context in which this event happened, despite the affable and edulcorated way it is presented nowadays with naive images of the nativity, merry carols and hyper socialized festivities.

But the mystery of incarnation occurred in total marginality (in a stable in the middle of nowhere with any kind of assistance for the birthing, which might have been quite traumatic), marked by solitude and soon conditioned by persecution and slaughter. No merry ceremony, or any kind of ceremony, for one of the most important and relevant moments for christianity, the eclosion of the incarnation of the divine into flesh.

Extrapolating this to our personal account it makes me wonder if the birth of spiritual awareness in our inner life normally happens in a context of interior marginality and solitude, or literally under such conditions.

In any case, I dedicated some valuable time this Nativity's day to meditate, visualize and internalize this "event", having actual good feelings for what  actually meant and means, but having very present at the same time the conditions under which it all happened.

This work is a musical outcome of such reflexions:


Psalm In The Desert

I've created this piece as a choral prayer in the desert.


Angel Fallen From Nowhere

I have published on my bandcamp a choral-polyphonic work I finished these days. It is titled 'Angel Fallen From Nowhere' (inspired on a prose-poem I wrote some months ago with the same title). You can listen/download it in this link:


Marian Iconography

I am working on a series of paintings about Marian Iconography. In this project I am using very simple iconographic patterns and I am proceeding in a very sketchy way since my main purpose here is not so much the artworks themselves, nor developing new visual patterns and so on, but just reading and meditating on this subject. Sometimes I like to visualize some of those reflexions, so I make these paintings quickly since they help me to internalize the concepts I'm learning,  "ruminating" or mostly giving a devotional attention to. So, now and then I am posting randomly some of these visual procedures, but they are not done so much with "artistic" intentions.




‘Lady of Lilies’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.



‘Eve-Mary’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.


‘Mary’s humility as a stairway through which the divine goes down from Heaven to Earth and into flesh’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.


‘Mary’s Uncorrupted Womb As Marriage Chamber Of The Divine And The Human’ 
55X60cm. Pastels on paper.



‘Mother Of The Holy Wounds’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.




‘Three Headed Mary’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.
(Theologically speaking representing Mary as a three headed trinity is quite wrong and aberrant, but when I made this image I simply wanted to see what impressions and vibes I get while contemplating it, playing with the fact as well that it is represented on the veil with its following echoes of an "image of an image" and so on)



‘Theotokos I’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.



‘Annunciation’. 55X60cm. Pastels on paper.


Golden Paintings

These are some few examples of the golden paintings I made in 2014 to illustrate a prose poetry book I wrote during my stay in Portugal.

                            







50 DRAWINGS TO MURDER MAGIC

This is a piece I’ve done with chorals and piano inspired by the drawings and texts Antonin Artaud made during the last period of his life while he was incarcerated in a mental asylum, before dying. While Artaud was there he filled several exercise notebooks (those for children schools) with texts, strange totemic images, pierced bodies and enigmatic machines. Two months before dying he made the last one and titled it ‘50 Drawings to Murder Magic’. It was the very last thing he wrote.




HUMO

This is my last album, mostly done with strings and wings instead of piano. It has just six tracks but their elaboration has served me as a meditative exercise. This album has been my way to express what's really inside me, getting rid of the noise of this world and just looking through the most essential things I've been able to go through.

I am releasing this album at the very end of 2016, which for me it is a very relevant thing. There has been absolutely nothing relevant for me in this year but inner search, music and inspiring readings. I have burned all the unnecessary things, all toxic people and all unnecessary circumstances. The outcome of all that burning is this: HUMO.

GLOSOLALIA

Glosolalia es una trilogía poética escrita en prosa, algo así como un diario imaginario que he realizado entre Enero y Mayo del 2016 donde simplemente he volcado mi manera de ver el mundo y a mí mismo. Este es un libro que publico como autor en el siguiente link para que pueda ser leído libremente (por favor no utilizar el material aquí mostrado sin mi permiso):


CORE. Piano album

I've just released on bandcamp my last album 'CORE', a 12 tracks project mostly based on piano and arranged at times with atmospheric strings. You can listen the whole album and/or download it from this link: 

Ballad of the Rose

I have published in the blog I'm showing in this post my whole project 'Ballad of the Rose'. This project consists of an album with seven piano tracks and a poem with twenty illustrations.


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:





The Book of Psalms

In 2014 I started to illustrate/paint the Book of Psalms. I am posting here some few examples from that work. I made the illustrations mainly under the light of the exegesis Saint Augustine did on them in his bright work “Enarrationes in Psalmos” (Expositions on the psalms). In any case I'm deepening into the psalms with all the help I can get as well from readings like "The art of biblical poetry" by Robert Alter, "Interpreting the psalms" by Mark D. Futato, "Praying the psalms" by Thomas Merton, "Biblical geography" by Denis Baly, "The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms" by Othmar Keel, "Dictionary of Biblical Imagery" by Ryken/Wilhoit/Longman, and all kind of guides through the Old Testament. 

Another author that influenced much this project is Mark C. Taylor and his theories on religion, art and architecture.


For this project I am using mainly the psalm's translations from "Biblia de Jerusalén" and "Nueva Biblia Española" in spanish. "New International Version", "NASB" in english. 

Some samples:                                       (all images Álvaro Barcala ©)















 

Illustrations for "The Cherubinic Pilgrim" (or Cherubinic Wanderer)

These are some few examples of the 302 illustrations I made at the beginning of 2014 during my stay in Portugal for the 302 christian mystic epigrams that form the first book of The Cherubinic Pilgrim” (or Cherubinic Wanderer) written by Angelus Silesius in 1657.
(all images are copyrighted ©)

Some samples: