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MEANING: An American French horn plays a longing melody that rings throughout Havana. The dobro, an American folk guitar, plays a southwestern fingerstyle accompaniment. A batá trio plays a 6/8 toque for Yemayá. A Cuban plays along on a drumset, an African-American instrument that was prohibited in Cuba throughout the 60s. This song is a dance for Yemayá, the Orisha of the sea.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Flying above the rooftops of Havana

FICTION: Theme song of The Closest Farthest Away. Yemayá magically brings all the characters to her "Theater of the Sea," a place beyond the territorial waters of any political system and the only place where Cuban and American performers can share a stage.

INFLUENCES: Olivier Messiean, Bob Brozman, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Joseph Haydn.

OTHER: The title was inspired by a series of paintings entitled "Liberación 1-10" by Cuban artist Darwin Estacio.


from POR AMOR: the album, track released December 18, 2010
Featuring Andrew Auble on dobro, Jody Hurt on French Horn, Reinier Mendoza on drumset, and Yasser Carrazana Amaya, Omar Fariñas, and Luís Barbaro Rodriguez on batá drums. Composed by Sage Lewis.



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Sage Lewis Los Angeles, California

Sage Lewis is a Los Angeles-based composer who writes for concert, theatre, film/video, branding, and new media. His music has appeared on Nintendo 3DS, at the Havana Film Festival, REDCAT, Maiyet, Miami Light Project, TMx, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design, National Children's Chorus, TheatreForum Magazine, Discovery Channel, and the Academy of Arts & Television Sciences. ... more

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