Interview: Ikaro Valderrama

Ikaro ValderramaImage courtesy of Ikaro Valderrama

Interview: Ikaro Valderrama

Director Luca Curci talks with artist and performer Ikaro Valderrama during HYBRID MEMORIES exhibition in Bogotà.

Ikaro Valderrama is a traveler musician, singing master and writer from the Colombian Andes. He defines his self as a kind of modern nomad, open to explore different geographies, traditions and rhythms. Therefore, his art is an intersection of multiple influences and experiences. Since five years ago he has been living in a transit between many countries of Latin America and Siberia, assimilating the cultural heritage and developing a very unique style of music.

Ikaro ValderramaImage courtesy of Ikaro Valderrama

Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during HYBRID MEMORIES exhibition in Bogotà on January 2015: can you talk about your personal experience with International ArtExpo?

Ikaro Valderrama – It was rewarding to present my own work with International ArtExpo, because it allows to dialogue with multiple traditions and different voices, and these kinds of interconnections can enrich your own experience, as an artist and as a human being.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented at BAC – Bogotà? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

I. V. – Well, the theme of the festival, Hybrid Memories, is in a certain way the main compound of my own work. I’m a traveler and my musical style is the result of a nomadic memory. In BAC – Bogotá I made a performance called TENGRI, an interwoven of sound, dance and poetry, siberian singing and ancestral echoes from Andes Mountains. I played traditional instruments from Central Asia (igil, topshur, khomus) and South America (cuatro llanero), singing and reciting poetry in multiple languages. I opened the event singing an ancient indian ragga with a tuvan instrument.  The actress Romina Rizzi, from Argentina, and the Colombian artist Andres Conrado, helped me on the construction of a ritual atmosphere. 

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

I. V. – On these days I’m composing and rewriting some songs and poems to record a third album this year. Also I’m working on a novel and preparing my next summer tour in Russia and Western Europe.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

I. V. – It is a way to know and understand my own cosmic nature, beyond the categories.

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

I. V. – The organization was impeccable; I got very fluent communications with the curator and all the team of International ArtExpo; also I received the technical support that I asked for my performance.    

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

I. V. – Without question. And I suppose that this is a good place to express my gratitude.

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