Meridian Brothers’ Eblis Alvarez shares a snapshot of the contemporary creators who are impacting Colombia’s sonic traditions.
Eblis Alvarez formed Meridian Brothers in 1998 as an outlet to experiment with Latin American sound forms — his work is a deep nod to his culture, with a huge leap into the unknown. Alvarez fuses industrial, noise, chiptune, free jazz and avant-garde electroacoustics with Colombia’s rich rhythmic heritage to give birth to astonishing new sounds. This wild inventiveness gives Meridian Brothers’ music a sense of magic mutation. On this episode on Open End, Alvarez beams in from Bogotá to share music that’s emerging from Colombia’s adventurous underground. Frosty rounds out the show with a whirlwind trip around the globe, popping into Finland, Iran, Cambodia, South Africa, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Italy and further destinations along the way.