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Undoing Thread

Original Bossa Nova featuring:
Sam Sadigursky on Tenor Sax,
Ryan Keberle on Trombone,
Joe Saylor on drums,
Ruben Samama on bass,
Sebastian Cruz, guitar, composition and arrangement

Coba – Vacio

Coba – Vacio. Album: Coba

(voice: Lucía Pulido)


Vacío y de cristal
Vacío y de cristal
Alzo mi rostro
Alzo mi rostro

Gota tras gota cayó
El vacío se diluyó
Cayó, cayó

Al borde con el cristal
Al borde con el cristal
Bajo mi rostro
Vuelco la copa

Gota tras gota cayó
El vacío se dibujó
Volvió, volvió

India Trip (and audio!)

I – along with my family – spent two incredible months in South India this past Spring. I was teaching at the unique Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music were music students who want to learn Western, jazz, and world music get to learn from hand-picked faculty from all over the world. During February-April 2012 I was guitar faculty.

Besides many great new friendships – bordering on brotherhood – between myself and family, and the students and faculty; I increased by a small margin my tolerance for spicy, increased my ability to memorize long and unpronounceable words, got to visit many great cities and smaller towns in South India (Bangalore, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Pondycherry), and composed the two pieces of music at the end of this post. Thanks India, thanks to all at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, and thanks to my family for being with me in such an adventure!

Here’s the music!

Guitar QuartetFour guitars. Composed based on a Japanese pentatonic scale. I composed this piece based on the work done as an ensemble coach with three excellent students: Suhas Vijaykumar, Pradip Ramanathan and Jonathan Devadoss, where we explored many possibilities stemming from the selected Japanese scale.

Piano TrioPiano, bass and drums. Composed around a ‘custom’ and an ‘exotic scale’ (Indian side-effects!). Featuring my teaching colleagues, and friends, Manu Koch on piano,  Panagiotis Andreu on bass, and Harvey Wirht on drums.

Little Love

Little Love

My son Manuel Arcadio (Manú) is already a year old! While Mónica was pregnant with him, and we had yet to meet him face to face, I wrote this song for him. This recording features the voice of Marta Gomez, Ruben Samama on bass, and assorted instruments (all the ones that aren’t a form of guitar or shaker…those are by me) and Manú’s heart beat while in the womb!

Little Love
music and Lyrics, Sebastian Cruz

Little love of mine
You came to be inside
Your mother’s sky like
Silent thunder
Quiet spark inside
I know it’s dark in there
And warm and loud and
Always night it’s
Life before words
Little light of ours
Your glow is warm and tender

Little life in her
You’re made of dreams
Of sacred symbols and
Vibrations when you
Break your silence
You will baptize
Our new life with your first cry of life

Vals de noche

Vals de noche

New instrumental piece that includes, among other instruments, toy piano and fretless guitar. Composed and performed by Sebastian Cruz

Haiku-videos and music by Sebastian Cruz

I musicalized a series of very short videos I shot with a flip camera- from 13 seconds to about a minute and a half. I wrote for flute and guitar with minor textural overdubs. The flute is played by Sam Sadigursky. The videos are almost like photographs: they are mostly only one thing, or image, slightly moving, almost devoid of development or narrative. They are visual, and musical haiku.

Lucía Pulido – María que iba en el mar

Lucía Pulido – María que iba en el mar

This is my arrangement, inspired by Iván Benavides’s version, of a ‘bunde,’ a rhythm from the Pacific coast of Colombia.

Cadenita de Oro

Cadenita de Oro
(voice: Bárbara Martínez)

I wrote this song for Juan Fischer’s movie “Buscando a Miguel”