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Liminar makes Mexico's Carrillo look like the next great rediscovery

Liminar makes Mexico's Carrillo look like the next great rediscovery

Julián Carrillo was the great problem of Mexican music. Born in 1875, he invented a system of microtonal music in the 1920s and was possibly the most visionary composer Latin America ever produced, music's equivalent of a magical realist long before that term ever existed. He fit no mold.

A paradoxical figure, he was seemingly a revolutionary but was on the wrong side of the Mexican Revolution. Promoted as a protégé by the pre-revolutionary government, he started out as a man and musician of the establishment who regularly came into conflict with the post-revolutionary establishment. He wrote music that sounds today as if it could have come only from Mexico, yet...

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