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Only indifference is mortal. Everything else is agitation, is life, is transformism, is... miracle. And, since we have arrived to the miracle, I would like to take you a little bit back to the acoustic past.
(Federico Waelder, 1978)


Only indifference is mortal. Everything else is agitation, is life, is transformism, is... miracle. And, since we have arrived to the miracle, I would like to take you a little bit back to the acoustic past.
(Federico Waelder, 1978)







Federico Waelder

FRIEDRICH

Format: Two sided 12” 45rpm vinyl record, gatefold cover, insert publication

Edition: First edition of 100 + IV A.P.

Duration: Side A: 11:26 min / Side B: 07:12 min
 
Country: Chile – Germany  

Released: 2021

Genre: Jazz, Poetry

Price: 60€

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Federico Waelder (born Friedrich Wälder), was a German-Jewish pianist born in 1918 in Stuttgart.

He was captured by the SS during the Kristallnacht in 1938 and was sent to the concentration camp in Welzheim, but managed to escape in 1939 and exile in Chile. All of his music sheets were left behind. Waelder arrived in Santiago and established himself as a pianist. He learned Chilean by working on different bars and music venues, and during that time signed a contract with the renowned music label Odeón. In the early ’50s, he moved to Antofagasta where he was an exclusive musician of the Hotel Antofagasta and wrote numerous columns and articles for different newspapers under different pseudonyms. Waelder was also known for his programs and appearances on the radio and for his photographs which documented a significant period of Antofagasta. According to drummer Lucho Córdova, Federico was also an enthusiastic astronomy aficionado.

"FRIEDRICH" gathers the only known trace of his music, consisting of a jazz improvisation on the side B of the record as a duet with his grandson Ian Waelder, and a recording of a speech in Spanish by the pianist on side A with the dubbing of his grandson in German.

This EP is accompanied by an insert publication that gathers images and scans of Federico's history as well as a conversation between Louisa Behr and Ian Waelder, and texts by Sofia Lemos, Ben Livne Weizman, Pau Waelder, Diego Díez, and Carolina Castro Jorquera.