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Aztecas Mitos y Leyendas: Un Concierto Narrado por Ome

by OME

Una fusión musical que combina voces operísticas, sonidos electrónicos, elementos orquestales e instrumentos prehispánicos.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. Cipactli - El Comienzo
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2. Nanahuatzin y Tecuciztecatl - Una Nueva Era
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3. Cihuacoatl - La Llorona
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4. Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl - Una Historia de Amor
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5. Tenochtitlan - La Tierra Prometida
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6. El Regreso de Quetzalcoatl - La Profecía
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7. El Llanto de Tlaloc - Dios de la Lluvia
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8. El Ahuizotl - Mito y Leyenda
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9. Mictlan - El Inframundo
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10. El Nacimiento de Huitzilopochtli - Sol y Dios de la Guerra
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE MUSIC /

The Music

For the creation of the music, OMEworld was inspired by the myths and legends of the Aztec civilization, their religious beliefs, their view of the universe, and some elements of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. It was created to celebrate the greatness of the ancient cultures and civilizations easily, taken softly by the hand of beautiful stories, powerful sounds and enchanting melodies, into the modern world while celebrating the fusion of the cultures and what makes us who we are today.

Along the path, OMEworld discovered that there exists no record of the way pre-Hispanic music was written, which in a way gives them the tranquility of using the instruments as they please in each song; meaning by this, that in no way they are trying to reproduce the music from the past, but only taking advantage and exploiting the amazing ancient sounds as pure expressive material of their feelings.

In Aztec Myths & Legends: A Narrated Concert by OMEworld, the music progresses along with the story as if it were a soundtrack; and whether the listener knows how each myth and legend goes or not, the lack of lyrics in the voices makes it easy to feel the music and let the mind wander.

THE ARRANGEMENTS /

The musical arrangements were carefully designed by Paola and Rodrigo to create an enchanting fusion between the past and the present, making the electronic sounds, orchestral elements, and voices, coexist with the power and feeling of the pre-Hispanic instruments.

To achieve the sounds with the pre-Hispanic instruments, OMEworld studied and shared with some of the most renowned people in the pre-Hispanic music genre. They also got acquainted with each instrument, learned their functions and sounds, thanks to the collaboration of some archeologists and anthropologists of the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History, in Mexico City), and traveled through the magical places of their beloved ancient Mexico.

Throughout time, OMEworld acquired several pre-Hispanic instruments (ocarinas, huehuetls, atecocollis, flutes, teponaztlis) among others; some of them being exact replicas of the original instruments and some others that were made for them, which they utilized in this album.
These instruments were recorded, sampled and then tuned digitally by OMEworld to dwell peacefully among the other elements used in their music, taking absolute care to preserve the essence and power of such instruments.

THE VOICES /

The vocal arrangements were specially planned and conceived by OMEworld to create distinctive moods; to interact with the music, becoming a part of it. On occasions, modern harmonies were combined to those found on the ocarinas and pre-Hispanic flutes to generate new sounds and emotions.

The piecing together of the voices of soprano coloratura Paola Treviño and tenor Rodrigo Garcia, blend together in a very special way creating a rare and unique atmosphere.

THE MYTHS & LEGENDS /

The Mexican culture, is one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide.
A country rich in tradition, history, and culture that has undergone a massive transformation throughout time, makes Mexico a place as unique and diverse as its hidden tales.

The Aztec myths and legends chosen, were thoroughly investigated, and thoughtfully selected by OMEworld, among the many that exist; from what is written in the chronicles, to the folklore of the new myths found and told nowadays.

This unique collection, gathers together ten myths and legends from the pre-Hispanic period and the Spanish conquest. One original, and the rest of them adapted and re-written by OMEworld, these narratives reflect the story of the Aztec civilization, in an entertaining and enchanting way.

STORYTELLING /

OMEworld embraces the oral tradition, the importance of the stories of the people who have gone before us and the power of imagination.

Older than the written word, there was storytelling, tales of creation and destruction, of how things came to be, tales not told simply for entertainment but rather stories that help transmit and preserve the beliefs, customs, spirituality, view of the world and traditional way of life…
Tales that immortalize an entire civilization.

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BT Fasmer

One of the most ambitious New Age music releases in recent times
Aztecas Mitos y Leyendas/OME World – Aztec Myths and Legends is one of the most ambitious New Age music releases in recent times. Not only is the group OME trying to capture the atmosphere of 10 Aztec myths and legends, but they are also aiming to recreate the sound and expression of this proud ancient civilization. I’m happy to report that OME is succeeding in almost every aspect of their incredibly challenging task.

OME consists of composers, record producers, recording artists, writers and singers/songwriters Paola Treviño Todd and Rodrigo Garcia MZ. Paola and Rodrigo have been in the music industry for over 25 years. They met in 2000, married in 2001 and it was not until 2007 that they gave birth to OME. A complete list of OME releases can be found here.

And so it begins
Since this is a themed album, I will give a short introduction of the myth behind each song. After all, this is not just a collection of 10 songs. “OME World” represents the complete cosmology of a once great civilization, and this is ment as a narrated concert. I did mention that this was an ambitious album, right?

The first track is called «Cipactli – And So It Begins». According to myths, Cipactli was a primeval sea monster. The deity Tezcatlipoca sacrificed a foot when he used it as bait to draw the monster nearer. He and the serpent-god Quetzalcoatl created the earth from Cipactli’s body. As an introduction to the album, the song is very well made. It has speed and instantly takes us on a voyage back in time. The vocals are amazing and nicely mixed with strings, flutes and percussion. Before your inner eye you can see the hungry monster rising from the deep black sea, the struggle, and ultimately, the creation of the earth. It is also a nice introduction to OME’s style. Right away you will notice the high-end audio design; there are so many levels of sound to enjoy, and the instruments are expertly chosen to recreate a long-lost sound.

“Nanahuatzin and Tecuciztecatl – A New Era” is track number two. The Aztecs believed in sun gods. The current one known as Tonatiuh, was the fifth. After the fourth sun perished, the gods assembled to decide which god was to become the next sun. They built a bonfire to sacrifice the next volunteer. Proud Tecuciztecatl insisted that he should be sacrificed, but at the last moment hesitated. Nanahuatzin showed more courage and jumped into the fire – thus becoming the sun. On the song you can hear the crackling of fire and a bold, hard drum beat. The flute melody is very nice indeed.

Cihuacoatl – La Llorona
“Cihuacoatl – La Llorona” is the next track. The legend of La Llorona, or “The weeping woman”, is a ghostly figure that wanders in the middle of the night, wearing a long white gown and disrupting the silence with her agonizing scream, mourning the death of her children. It is impossible not to be impressed by the orchestral arrangement and the first-rate male and female vocals by Paola Trevino and Garcia MZ (I’m tempted to say world class; Darlene Koldenhoven, known from Yanni’s “Aria”, couldn’t have done the female vocal better).

Next track puts us in a romantic mood. Aztec mythology relates the legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. It is a relationship that is doomed from the beginning. Notice how the song has different parts; the introduction is light and there is not a cloud on the horizon. Suddenly there’s a deep roar, like the earth itself is advising against the impossible love. Like fairy tales, myths have their own kind of logic – and OME does a magnificent job in retelling the myth. The story ends badly for Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, which are both turned into volcanoes.

The promised land
Like almost all civilization on earth, the Aztecs had their idea of a promised land. Tenochtitlan was the capital of the expanding Aztec Empire until it was captured by the Spanish in 1521. OME’ s song “Tenochtitlan” has a dark atmosphere. Their focus is obviously on the struggles and fall of this mighty city – and all the changes the Spanish brought with them. I love the song’s build-up. The vocals are, yet again, breathtakingly beautiful.

I’m amazed about how much material OME covers on the album. It is like a complete book on Aztec mythology and view on life. Given the complexity of the material, one would think that OME would require a symphony orchestra, a fully staffed major label studio and a few professors of Aztec history as well. No, OME does not need that at all. Indeed, their presentation feels honest and without unnecessary effects. Their interest in the Aztecs seems genuine and heartfelt too. On a few of the songs though, the mentioned orchestra would have come in handy, if only to give it a more live feel. Going to an OME concert would for sure fix that impression.

God of rain
My favorite track on the album is “Return of the Quetzalcoatl – The Prophecy”. The Legend says that Quetzalcoatl, Civilizing Deity of the Aztecs, descended one day from the heavens to teach people about the arts, wisdom, kindness and knowledge. Notice how the flutes and the rhythm create a “wind effect”. Close your eyes, and you will see the god descending from the sky. The melody is very nice and upbeat. On the next track, “The crying of Tlaloc – God of rain”, we are still in the heavens. As supreme god of the rain, Tlaloc was also a god of earthly fertility, thunder, and the lord of water. The song starts carefully, almost inaudible. There’s nothing but the sound of nature. Then suddenly, like a lightning, the song rises in intensity. Perhaps the god is angry and saddened by the destruction that followed the Spanish invasion?

There’s even more darkness. According to myths, the ahuizotl was a dog-like creature, and its waterproof fur often clumping up to create spikes. It was feared due to its liking for human flesh, crying like a child to lure people into the water. OME’s song “The Ahuizotl – Myth and Legend” has a haunting sound. It is like you can hear the dangerous creature growling, deep down below.

Mictlan – The Underworld
Track 9 is called “Journey to Mictlan – The Underworld”. In Aztec mythology, the underworld consisted of nine levels. The journey from the first level to the ninth was difficult and took four years. The song has a larger-than-life atmosphere. Carefully we travel into the unknown. Each level has a distinct sound. In the end we reach the 9th level, «the land of the dead». The sound design here is fantastic! It is hard to believe that it is possible to get this much change and different expressions into a little more than 4 and a half minute of music.

Last track is called “The Birth of Huitzilopochtli – Sun and God of War”. The legend tells about the many dramas surrounding the pregnancy and birth of Huitzilopochtli. There’s both magic, murder and even war. Slowly Huitzilopochtli gains strength and becomes one of the most powerful Aztec gods, which is brilliantly described in the song. I love the majestic ending, which also a fantastic album finale.

In conclusion: «OME World – Aztec Myths and Legends» is not exactly easy listening. But give it some time, read the myths and you will see what a truly rewarding listen this is. OME succeeds in making the Aztec cosmology accessible in a whole new way. Indeed, OME extends the limits of what storytelling through music is all about.
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