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The 3rd dlr music residency of 2022 saw Peruvian guitarist and composer Rodrigo Almonte Zegarra compose a new musical suite named Sounds of the Blue Book, inspired by Roger Casement’s experience in Peru when he travelled to Putumayo in the Amazon rainforest in 1910 to investigate allegations of exploitation against indigenous people being kept as slaves at rubber farms. 

Rodrigo’s compositions captured the spirit of the people and their stories, as documented in Casement’s journal The Blue Book, and express this story through a myriad of soundscapes that will sonically transport the listeners to the Amazon forest. He was joined by drummer Matthew Jacobson and pianist Lorenzo Vitolo in a performance of Sounds of the Blue Book in dlr LexIcon Studio on 25th August.