'Himno Nacional' (2011) by Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch for 'Amikejo', Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, 24 September 2011–15 January 2012
'Himno Nacional' (National Anthem, 2011) a project by Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch
24 September 2011 at 13:30h (centre of León) and 19.30h (MUSAC)

In the context of 'Amikejo' exhibition cycle at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC
Curated by Latitudes

"In the context of 'Amikejo' – an exhibition cycle on micro-nations, historical anomalies, common endeavours and optimism – a León marching band has been invited to compose a new national anthem. In the most archaic tradition, markedly romantic, military and patriotic, the anthem enacts a parodic attempt to reach a futile objective: the conquering of a small island in the Aegean Sea through invasion-by-sound.

Forming a journey loop from León to the island and back again, the musical representation of nationhood becomes an end in itself. During the exhibition opening, 65 musicians paraded through the streets of León (Plaza San Marcelo, Plaza Don Gutierre; Plaza San Martín; Plaza de Regla (in front of the cathedral); and Palacio de Botines) in what could be seen as a playful, ceremonial or military action, and perform an anthem that is familiar in its musical idiom and yet is completely unidentifiable". – Fermín Jiménez Landa

Anthem composed by: Juan Ramón Solla Santos, musical director, Agrupación Musical Santa Marta y Sagrada Cena, León.

Video "Himno Nacional / National Anthem" (2011) by Fermín Jiménez Landa

Video "Himno Nacional / National Anthem (Parade / Desfile)" (2011) by Fermín Jiménez Landa

Photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org

+ info: www.lttds.org/projects/current/amikejo/amikejo.html
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