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Minimal Aggression

Artist: Various

Composer: Julián de la Chica & Susan Campos-Fonseca

Lyric: Various


Format: Album

Release: Sep 18, 2015

Catalogue: Irreverence Group Music IGM-005

GTIN/EAN/UPC: 4050215144378

Producer: IGM

Track listings


Mandala, VI poems by Susan Campos-Fonseca


01. Poem No.1

02. Poem No.2

03. Poem No.3

04. Poem No.4

05. Poem No.5  (Human Number)

06. Poem No.6  (Tritono)


Beauty, Death songs


07. No.1   - Prologue

08. No.2   - Yo no soy rubia

09. No.3   - Snow white

10. No.4   - She knows

11. No.5    - Epilogue


Butoh Meditations


12. No.1  - Katana

13. No.2  - Espino blanco

14. No.3  - Prophecy (Profecía de los trenes y los almendros muertos)

Album Notes


NY-based, Colombian composer and pianist Julián de la Chica, and Costa Rican composer, writer and musicologist, Dr. Susan Campos-Fonseca (Casa de las Américas Prize 2012), present in the album Minimal Aggression their mutual questions about Minimalism, their possibilities and trajectories in the XXI century. This album can be seen as a first "Manifesto" and as an artistic research, where two worlds converge: independent creation (de la Chica), and academic thinking (Campos-Fonseca).


It is a "Manifesto" and a “research project" because both creators reflect on the challenges of choosing to be a “minimalist" today. Talking about vanguard art and transgression is something completely historical. The burden of historicism poured over the creative act is, perhaps, one of the greatest tests for a composer today. If you are a creator of sound, you're in historical perspective. The works gathered here choose Minimalism as a possibility for an ascetic journey, where musical materials can be reduced to a minimal structure, exploring the tension between sound and noise. Within this search, Noise and Poetry become articulative axes.


This project brings together the Costa Rican sound artist Alejandro Sanchez Nunez, and the poems of Elise Plain, Juan Andrés García Román, Marco Aguilar Sanabria and Susan Campos-Fonseca. Exploring the boundaries between music and Noise, sound and word, organic and cybernetic body, singing Human and "inner jungle," the album counts with the voice of Ana Echandi, Martha Mooke’s Viola, and Alex Sterling’s Sound engineering. Dystopia of desire that “pricks” asceticism ... as in the "Aggression" summarized by Frida Kahlo in her "A Few Small Nips" of 1935, showing the murder of a woman. The lover stabbed to death, says in his defense a phrase that crowns the work: "... but it was but a few small nips." The accuracy of this expression summarizes Minimal Aggression.


Julián de la Chica and Susan Campos-Fonseca explore the minimal act of sound which travels without pretension, ascetic, going abyss. This is an act of resistance, "Nips" in a saturated society where "everything feels" where we drown in the "everything possible", empty.



Produced by Irreverence Group Music (IGM)

Music by Susan Campos - Fonseca and

Julián de la Chica

Artists: Various


Recorded by Richard Rozen

at Richard Rozen Studio Brooklyn, NY

Mixed and mastered by Alex Sterling

at Precision Sound Studios in New York, NY

Beauty, Death Songs & Butoh Meditations

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Sterling

at Precision Sound Studios in New York, NY

Poems by Susan Campos - Fonseca (Mandala);

Elise Plain, Juan Andrés García Román

(Beauty, Death Songs); Marco Aguilar-Sanabria

(“profecía”, Butoh Meditations)

Program Notes by Dr. Susan Campos - Fonseca

Artcover by Jenny Odio

Booklet by Lina Gracia

Photography by Hassan Malik.

Julián de la Chica’s music is published

by JDLACHIK Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)

Susan Campos - Fonseca (BMI)

Manufactured & marketed by

Irreverence Group Music (Brooklyn, NY)

Made in US. Total time: 60 min | IGM - 005

Ⓟ and Ⓒ  2015 IGM

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