JC Mendizabal aka Kyron / Ki-rin
|I come from a country with a long tradition of human warmth and a painful
and bloody history: El Salvador. I came to the United States in the early '80s, at the
start of the civil war there, and I have lived here in San Francisco since then. I have
travelled back to El Salvador many times since then, so I consider myself a kind of
synthesis of both cultures. Much like the music that I create my mind is equal parts magic
and science, logic and madness!
I studied creative writing in college and wrote many short stories. I slowly became
dissatisfied with the way that creative writing was taught in college and I changed my
major to music, which I studied in SFSU. I graduated in 1993 with a specialty in Music
Composition and Electronic Music. The main skill I feel that I learned in school was the
careful application of attention to each and every detail of a musical composition. I
learned that this attention could be applied to any style of music.
|Several of my pieces in a "classical" style were performed by
the Symphonic Orchestra of El Salvador and by other smaller chamber groups. In 1994, the
University of Santa Clara gave me a comission to create the music for a Multimedia Piece
(involving dance and theatre) based on the massacre of El
Mozote. This piece was finally performed in 1996.
But even before then, around 1992, I started to realize that something was missing
from my musical work. I started to experiment with various shamanic and magical
traditions, slowly finding my way through this mine field to arrive at the start of
what is known as the Path. I began to realize that music could be used as a practical
method of travelling to other dimensions or planes, to gently (and sometimes not so
gently) push the human machine into awakening and to create spaces of invocation.
As I explored more deeply in these regions, I became involved with other people that
were also interested in these ancient questions. During several years I devoted myself
almost completely to this work. I participated in and directed many shamanic and musical
experiments. Some of these have been recorded and may soon be available. Others were as
ephemeral as truly beautiful moments have to be.
These days I give all my energies to the project that we now know as "Black Note
Music" - through which I hope to truly develop and explore at least some of the
infinite panorama of possibilities that I see before me. Together with my current friends,
and others that I still haven't met, I hope that we can really find and offer those places
where ancient shamanic practices and invocations meet the age of synthesizers and
"I started playing music more than 15 years ago and I really feel that I have barely
started to penetrate into the marvelous mystery that is held within those structured
vibrations. I have created pop music, classical music, minimalist music, electronic,
blues,experimental, jazz, industrial... almost all genres. I don't feel that the
particular genre that is used to classify music should have any importance. What truly
matters is what kind of vibration is awakened in those that listen.
So my most recent
work is dedicated to creating music that will affect the listeners in subtle but profound
ways. Music operates at a pre-linguistic level. The parts of the brain which listen to
notes, to rhythms, are not intrinsically connected or dependant on language. This makes
these areas of the brain more innocent, more open to the greatest questions that we can
make, they are more ready and willing to embark on journeys with no return. I wish that my
music may be the starting point and a faithful companion in such journeys."
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