Ramuntcho Matta ‘Ecoute’

Ecoute LP front
Ecoute LP back
Ecoute LP side 1

Visual artist and musician Ramuntcho Matta was born 1960, the son of Chilean painter Roberto Matta and an American mother, herself presumably also the mother of Gordon Matta-Clark. He studied guitar and piano, Argentinian Tango, classical composition and Indian vocal techniques. He discovered avantgarde music at an early age, citing Lou Reed’s Transformer in 1972 as an early influence. Matta lived in New York between 1978 and 80 where he met John Cage, Laurie Anderson and poet Brion Gysin, with which he made 2 singles in 1978 (Junk & Kick, on Celluloid) and an LP in 1985, published by Mosquito, France. His 3 solo LPs from the 1980s, Via (1983), Écoute and 24 Hrs (both 1986), use extra-European musicians, especially African and Brazilian percussionists, jazz horn players and Urugayan singer Elie Meideros. On Écoute, Cacau de Queiroz’s performance on saxophone and flute is particularly stunning. This Copacabana saxophonist also played with Vinicius de Moraes, Gal Costa and Rashid Ali. A former Gipsy Kings member, Jorge “Negrito” Trasante on percussion is responsible for much of the LP’s Brazilian flavor. Écoute also includes Magma’s bassist Jannick Top on 2 tracks. The exquisite track O Clapo is based on water claps performed by Trasante and Matta.

01 Malimbula (9:48)
02 Ecoute (5:14)
03 O Clapo (7:51)
04 Ibù (10:16)
05 Né (9:20)

Total time 42:15
LP released by Cryonic/Madrigal, France, 1986


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7 Responses to “Ramuntcho Matta ‘Ecoute’”

  1. 1 ushaped April 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    thanks for this, never heard of it before and it’s beautiful. I’m wondering whether you have any of Roberto Laneri’s early LPs:

    Two Views of the Amazon (1985)
    Anadyomene (1987)

    On paper they seem to be very interesting mixes of ancient and futuristic.

    all the best

  2. 2 continuo April 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I’m not familiar with Roberto Laneri’s solo music. Feel free to report if you find these LPs.

  3. 3 CapaNostra April 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you. As always an absolutely great discover. Take care!

  4. 4 continuo April 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    You’re welcome. Are you familiar with Chilean/Spanish songwriter Alvaro? Some weird tunes to be found in his (hard to find) albums.

  5. 5 CapaNostra April 27, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Yes, is actually very well known here in Chile, he makes two or three little concerts by year but he still living in Germany. I have some of their stuff sold by himself mainly CD’s with handcrafted covers, very pretty by the way.

  6. 6 Betsy Wiggins November 14, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Gordon Matta-Clark had a twin brother Sebastian who committed suicide. Gordon MC died of pancreatic cancer 2 yrs later. He was born in 1943 and died in 1978. Ramuntcho, if born in 1960 was quite unlikely born from the same mother. Anne Clark, the mother of the twins married Hollis Alpert in 1950 after moving the twins around a lot in the 1940s. Roberto Matta left her or divorced her shortly after the twins were born. So Ramuntcho’s mother may have been someone else. Some of this info is from Wikipedia. Some from books [as found via Google search] written about Gordon MC. Nov 2012

  7. 7 Betsy Wiggins November 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Ramuntcho had a sister Federico and their mother was Malitte Pope who was possibly American. His father apparently had 4 partners and 6 children, including another boy Pedro born to an Italian woman. See here http://blogs.rue89.com/alma-latina/2012/01/02/le-dernier-des-surrealistes-226122. My French is minimal so I may have understood incorrectly.

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