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Magician's Hat: A Radio Noir Production

by Bill Tremblay

Voices, sound effects, and original music bring alive the story of David Alfaro Siqueiros; a Mexican artists' passions in love, in war, and in painting.
Genre: Spoken Word: Radio Drama
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An Unveiling Party At George Gershwin's Apartment
6:12 $0.99
2. Central Park South
5:01 $0.99
3. Angelica's Letter from Madrid
2:33 $0.99
4. What He Remembers of the Spanish Civil War
7:04 $0.99
5. Suicide Hill
0:55 $0.99
6. Knocked Unconscious He Dreams He's a Boy in Chihuahua
3:34 $0.99
7. Startled from This Dream
1:40 $0.99
8. A Square in Valencia
3:22 $0.99
9. Hotel Valencia
3:31 $0.99
10. Wedding in the Mayor's Office
1:29 $0.99
11. At the Cafe Barcelona
3:16 $0.99
12. Lazaro Cardenas' Office
4:08 $0.99
13. The Atrium of Angelica's House
1:41 $0.99
14. Hospital (Night)
4:08 $0.99
15. Bedroom (Night)
5:38 $0.99
16. The Colonel Comes Calling - The Paseo
5:00 $0.99
17. The Electrician's Union Building
4:04 $0.99
18. Frida Kahlo's Garden (Evening)
2:45 $0.99
19. A Party At Diego's House
2:25 $0.99
20. Killing Time (Coyoacan)
2:46 $0.99
21. Campos Eliseos
4:58 $0.99
22. Flight to Escape Prosecution
2:36 $0.99
23. Mountain Road At Snow Line (The Andes)
3:43 $0.99
24. Polyforum (Sunday Afternoon, May, 1974)
5:01 $0.99
25. Spiral Shells in the Black Palace (Prison)
1:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
These poems engage the life of the famed muralist José "David" Alfaro Siqueiros, whose vision of a free, generous, and artistically liberated México, completely responsive to both its people and its history, unified and informed his inner and outer worlds. It is a radio play about the muralist's sensibility, about the way in which his experimental art and his human concerns synthesized in his work to become his vision. Less a biography than an interpretation of one artist's sensibility in love, in war, and in painting, it is unlike the usual collection of "stand alone" studio poems, but is rather an interdependent sequence that argues out its dialectics in a connected and accretive way.
The result is a magical and riveting work of historiography and the lyric imagination.

Steve Wolfe -- Announcer
Bill Tremblay -- Narrator
Sam A. Salas -- David Alfaro Siqueiros
Károl de Rueda -- Angélica Arenal, La Malinche
Jack Manno -- George Gershwin, Tour Guide
Brian Hull -- General Gómez, Wounded Soldier,
Pancho, Trotsky’s Guard, Don Antonio #1,
Ernesto Hemingway
Mark Sanchez -- Lt. Modesto, Mayor of Valencia,
Pres. Lázaro Cárdenas. Don Antonio #2
Paul Gessler -- Pedro, Don Reynaldo, Cipriano Alfaro
Ralf Kracke-Berndorf -- Col. Leandro Salazar
Richard Bielak -- Luis Arenal
Cynthia Tremblay -- Dowager
John Waples -- Manuel Suárez y Suárez
Chloe Leisure -- Frida Kahlo
Jim Abraham -- Robert Harte
Holly Johnson -- Julia Serrano, Peasant Woman
Zoe Johnson -- young Adriana
Rebekah Robson-May -- Eusebia, older Adriana, Girl
Markham Rougé -- Pablo Neruda

Music is originally composed by Jack Manno, and played by Jack Manno, [piano], Chris Allen, [vibes], Dennis Griffing, [bass] and Markham Rougé [alto sax].



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Lizeth Hall

Truly inspiring!
From the opening sounds of a cocktail party going on in George Gershwin’s Park Avenue Apartment on Halloween, 1936, and the first struck chords of music, this radio play makes the life and art of José David Alfaro Siqueiros, the great Mexican Muralist painter, come alive in vivid sound that creates a doorway into another world where Siqueiros meets and falls for Angelica Arenal, a war correspondent on her way to cover the Spanish Civil War. David impulsively decides to join her in Spain and their love affair blossoms amid the drumbeats of war, artillery barrages and the drone of German bombers over the city of Valencia where love and death are twinned. Returning home from Spain as a married couple, David and Angelica pursue their careers, he as a world-famous painter who defies the corrupt Mexican government with the searing truth of his murals and canvases; she as a crusading journalist equally committed to liberating the people of Mexico from government-censored news. Then, David decides to attack the house of Leon Trotsky. There’s machinegun-fire, bombs, police sirens: David and Angelica flee prosecution in the mountains of Jalisco then escape into South America until the heat cools down, Trotsky has been assassinated, and they can return home. She leads a campaign to free David from prison. All of this action is swelled by original music composed by Jack Manno which enhances the experience of this unique radio noir production on a double album you’ll want to share with your friends.