Prestigous composer dedicates work to Icod’s ancient Millennium tree
The prestigious Cádiz-born composer Suso Saiz Alcántara has composed a great symphony to the Millennium Drago from Icod de los Vinos within his work “Canto a la naturaleza”, which features this famous tree which, in 2017, commemorated 100 years of its declaration as national heritage.
It is a score that mixes electronic sounds with folklore, and a lyrical part by the soprano Estela Díaz, all in an atmosphere that highlights the figure of the dragon as a fundamental element in the natural and ethnographic history of the municipality.
The idea of the creation of this symphony stemmed from the researcher and specialist in the Millenary Drago, Álvaro Fajardo, who raised this initiative with the composer’s sister, leaving both enchanted with a proposal that is now a reality. Sponsored by Hi-dráulica Tinerfeña and thanks to the support of the Tourist Initiatives Centre of Icod de los Vinos, this symphony will be one more incentive to reinforce the Millennium Dragon’s declaration as a World, Natural, Vegetal-Urban Heritage.
It was last April when the senator and councillor of the Icod government group, Isabel García, presented a proposal in the Upper House to advance the resolution of the application to Unesco and defend the candidacy of the tree as a world heritage . The Senator’s intervention took place on September 25th and she won the unanimous support of the Senate Culture Committee.
Jesús Saiz Alcántara (Cádiz, 1957) is a Spanish musician and music producer con-sidered one of the pioneers of New Age music in Spain, and was one of the founders of the Orquesta de las Nubes in 1980.
Saiz has belonged to bands like Esclarecidos and Los Piratas, of which he was also a producer, as well as creating works by artists such as Iván Ferreiro, Luz Casal, Christina Rosenvinge, Los Planetas, Tahúres Zurdos, Duncan Dhu, Celtas Cortos and Luis Eduardo Aute, among others.
He has been the creator of original soundtracks for feature films, documentaries, tele-vision programs and short films. He is also a composer of chamber music, and ela-borated the musical ambience of the Spanish pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008. He also composed the musical score of the successful program “Al filo de lo imposible”.
For his extensive work, he has received nominations and awards from the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain (Goya Awards), Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences, Association of the North American Phonographic Industry, Music Awards, Awards of the Television Academy, Zinebi Awards, Prize at the Foyle International Film Festival.