Manrico was unquestionably one of the most influential voices of sound art and experimental music in Mexico and Latin America for almost two decades; he worked and exchanged thoughts and moments with an immense number of people all around the world, and on this very sad day the sound community worldwide is heavily shocked by the news of his departure.
He was one of a kind, and those who had the pleasure and privilege to know him will remember with love and joy his auuuuu’s, his emoji hearts, his cosmic hugs and his remy tears. There was only one Manrico, and there will be never another.
On this tragic date, it is important to find inspiration in his work and pay tribute to his remarkable legacy.
His Mandorla label worked as a platform and network for dozens of artists who were part of its memorable Autumn compilation series, creating a much needed bridge between the artistic sound practice in North America, Europe and Japan and Latin America. Manrico paved the way for many artists in Mexico and abroad with his enormous talent and sensibility, and with his kind, generous and charismatic persona.
His meticulous and beautiful work with field recordings, linguistics, insects and birds are a great example of a serious and contemporary sound practice where research and composition blend into compelling sounds that tell stories, transporting the listener to incredible soundscapes while pointing out to the serious environmental problems that affect the world today, something that became of vital importance for him over the past decade.
The beautifully mysterious, candid and gentle presence of Manrico will be greatly missed everywhere. His pioneering efforts as artist and curator serve as an example of how one person can influence a nation of artists willing to explore the boundaries of art, music and science.
The early departure of Manrico should also remind us of our ephemeral existence; it should remind us of the preciousness of time where life only happens once and whatever we make out of it is what we will leave behind before diving into the depths of cosmos.
At Sonic Field we would like to say goodbye to Manrico expressing gratitude for his art and legacy, sending to his family and close friends a message of condolences and courage.
– Maile Colbert, Miguel Isaza and David Vélez
We invite those who knew him to remember Manrico by listening to his work, as you can by visiting to the following links: www.manricomontero.com …