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Exilio Transitorio

by viñu-vinu

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Anthony Childs One of those releases that sat in my wishlist so long I forgot about it, then he posted a message about a new comp appearance, then I found him in my wishlist again and it hit like a proverbial ton of bricks. Bought all the related releases though I still prefer the original album. The drums on "Hombres de Armas" are straight killin' and the album concept is extremely well delivered. Almost like a super-updated Strange Cargo era William Orbit. Highly recommended. Favorite track: Hombres de Armas.
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Wiklow Fantastic new territory for the talented viñu-vinu. Somehow I get the feeling this is just the beginning to a new level of expert compositions and productions from this talented artist.

Fav track is "Hombres De Armas" because that haunting melody and groove are just spot on.

10/10. Great work here. Favorite track: Hombres de Armas.
Julián Muro
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Julián Muro I love Gabriel Viñuela's playing in this tune, and it brings beautiful memories of our days at The Banff Centre. It's been such an honor to be a part of this record! Favorite track: Recuerdos a la Libertad.
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Septembre 05:28
Souvenirs 02:54


"viñu-vinu is my electronic music alias. The name viñu-vinu pays homage to my Chilean heritage and comes from the Francization of my father’s last name: Viñuela to Vinuela. On my previous two releases (Encounters, 2017, and Echoes from Afar, 2019) I started a musical exploration of origin, identity, changes, evolution and human relationships to my surroundings and nature. In this new album Exilio Transitorio I’m pursuing this quest further. Exilio Transitorio was inspired by a book of poems that my father, Francisco Viñuela, wrote after his exile from Chile during Pinochet's coup d'état in 1973. The poems, written in Spanish and French, relate his exile from his country, and initiate a humanist reflection on the devastating effects of totalitarian regimes and political wars. Created as a cinematic journey, Exilio Transitorio serves as a soundtrack honoring my father’s book. It is meant to inspire deep reflection in the hope that we do not forget these events and find a better world.

I was an artist in residence with le Centre d'Expérimentation Musicale for two weeks back in March 2019 where I wrote the core compositions and started the production of the music. I worked individually with the artists of the centre to create and rehearse a show that would become the backbone of what Exilio Transitorio is today. The hybrid creations that came out of this process are dynamic and varied, blending electronic music with a six-piece acoustic band, jazz harmony, improvisations, and poetry in a unique and emotional way. Later that same year, I had the opportunity to participate in a six-week artist residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. That’s where most of the final production and mixing of the album took place. In Banff, I was also really lucky to meet Julián Muro, an Argentinian musician, singer-songwriter, composer and poet, who graciously agreed to spend some time in the studio with me and record some of the poetry in Spanish. Like the journey that led to the creation of this project, this final iteration of Exilio Transitorio finds its way between light and darkness, melodicism and experimentation, ambience and groove, desperation and hope."


released April 9, 2021

Written, produced and mixed by Gabriel Vinuela (viñu-vinu)
Poems by Francisco Viñuela
Assistant engineering by Pascal Beaulieu at Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale
Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering
Artwork and graphic design by Sophie Grouev

Sara Létourneau - voice, music box, sound objects
Robert Pelletier - vibes
Pascal Beaulieu - bass
David Simard - drums
Sébastien Savard - baritone violin
Recorded at Centre d'Expérimentation Musicale de Chicoutimi in March 2019.

Julián Muro - voice
Recorded at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in November 2019.

Thanks to Florafone Records and Mystery Circles for the support and for joining forces to release and distribute this record.

Florafone Records
Mystery Circles

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.


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viñu-vinu Montreal, Québec

Channeling life, love, nature, travels, arts, spontaneity, thoughts---->into---->electronic music, experimental grooves, atmospheres, textures//
Pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer based in Montreal

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