In Borderline (Al límite), the composer Ricardo Llorca and pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo propose the incorporation of urban music in contemporary music. The interest in bringing elements of popular culture to concert halls has been a concern expressed in the career of the composer from Alicante living in New York and a professor at The Juilliard School. Moreover, Rosa Torres-Pardo raised, in numerous works,an approach to popular music through dance, poetry and theater to contribute to an greater expression and sense of classical music, bringing a fresh vision with more direct and understandable language aimed at a more diverse audience. Both artists have worked successfully in various projects presented at the Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School (New York) and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.
“Today half the world is protesting. Interestingly, and this is what most caught my attention, both in New York and the rest of the world the demonstrations always starts with a batucada with some guys and girls marking the frantic pace of the rhythm of Brazilian music. During the summer of 2011, I moved to Barcelona and had the opportunity to work closely with a group of young enthusiasts who I had contacted by Internet: La Republik del Avern. After an initial meeting, convened through Facebook on a basketball court in Barrio de Sants and which was attended by over forty guys with their drums and percussion instruments, I spent most of that summer participating in their parades and learning style I did not know until then: the battery of samba, omnipresent music in all the protests of the Indignados of Madrid and New York. Back in New York, I set to work trying to capture in a score everything I had learned during the summer. ”