The history, culture and figures of the corridor will be part of a museum that will operate at the corner of García Moreno and Bolívar streets, right in the Historic Center.
The inauguration is scheduled for today at 18:00, with an official act and anartistic presentation. The museum will occupy the three floors and the 1,200square meters of a heritage building built in 1907, where the Historical Archive of the Central Bank operated.
The music researcher Mario Godoy is the consultant and curator of the project,promoted and assigned to the Presidency of the Republic. An investigation divided into three volumes of essays, history, lyrics and scores of the corridor made by Godoy and published by the Ecuadorian House of Culture was the basis on which the script and museo graphic montage was developed, during the course of this year.
“The tradition is not the veneration of the ashes butthe transmission of fire”, is the quote attributed to the composer Gustav Mahler with which Godoy summarizes the concept of the museum, which seeks to become an interactive space and a meeting point between the community, the artists and the Ecuadorian musical tradition.
The tour begins with an introduction to the history of music in Ecuador and the exhibition of instruments from different eras. There is also a section dedicated to broadcasting and an area that recreates the atmosphere of an old canteen, with a stage in the background, where performances of different musical genres will be performed live, after the opening.
Héctor Jaramillo, Carlos Grijalva, Consuelo Vargas, Paulina Tamayo and the children Geancarlo Pacheco and Adamaris Cajo will be the first artists to interpret a couple of corridors during the opening ceremony, together with other artists.
The Foreign Ministry will also participate in the event, with the award in the degree of Grand Knight for 19 artists. The second floor is dedicated to composers and musicians.
Requintos, guitars, pianos and accordions by Guillermo Rodríguez, Segundo Bautista, Sergio Bedoya, Gonzalo Godoy and others are also part of this exhibition.
Godoy points out that many of the pieces have been donated by artists and relatives.The museum’s program includes temporary and permanent exhibitions. The idea is that the different expressions of the national musical culture rotate through this space.
The technology will be integrated into the museum through augmented reality applications, video games and a virtual museum. In the third floor the School of the Hall works, directed by Cristian Naranjo, that from October offers classes of song and guitar, and in which it is tried to incorporate factoriesof bandolín, harp and dance.
During the inauguration will also be announced the Ministerial Agreement by which the Pasillo is included in the representative list of Intangible National Cultural Heritage. “The Pasillo has not died,” says Godoy, referring to the validity of a genre that transcends as a symbol of national identity. (I)