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Abraham Sarache

Amsterdam, Netherlands | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Amsterdam, Netherlands | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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Abraham Sarache @ Volta

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands



"Interview with ABRAHAM SARACHE"

Abraham Sarache put out his album “The Gardener” not so long ago, and on June 24 he will play a special event that will be captured as a live recording for the future release. The concert will be at Volta in Amsterdam and Abraham will play songs from “The Gardener”
Hey Abraham. How are you doing?

Great! Excited about our upcoming performances

You released “The Gardener” recently. How do you feel about the release?

Good, It is like having a child and watching him/her grow up.

How much of a challenge was it to work on the album?

It was a big challenge since I composed, played and recorded all the instruments in the album. A long journey for sure.

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Amsterdam are you friends with?

Not many since I moved to Amsterdam on november 2015, but I had the pleasure to get in contact with Amikdla and the singer of Synergy Protocol.

What is your opinion about the current progressive rock scene?

I think is growing up, but we need to stay together to be stronger. Creating more festivals and events for progressive rock/metal bands.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

80’s and 90’s definitely. A perfect Circle, Deftones, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Sonata Arctica, Porcupine Tree

What are you listening to these days?

I am listening to a lot of different stuff. For example: Chelsea Wolfe, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Leprous, Dream Theater, Eddie Vedder, Gojira, Ramage Inc, Septic Flesh

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Mer de Noms – A perfect Circle

White Pony – Deftones

Octavarium – Dream Theater

01011001 – Ayreon

Perpetual Burn – Jason Becker

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “The Gardener”?

I used a particular folk instrument from Venezuela. The Venezuelan Cuatro

I got a customized electric version that combines the Venezuelan Cuatro and the Cuban Tres(Cuatro Tresero) built by genius artisan Roberto Bonaccorso from BonaCuatro Instruments.

I used also Makala ukuleles, Framus acoustic guitars tuned in drop B, Hughes & Kettner Tubeman for solos, Ibanez SR505 bass, Tama Superstar with a lot of splashes and a Korg Kaossilator Pro for the synths

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

Yes. Many more. By now we are focused on live performances, but in autumn we will get back to the studio to compose a release for 2017.

Any words for the potential new fans?

If you like alternative rock and enjoy complex technical musicianship without leaving expression behind, check us out. This is just the beginning.
Visit Abraham Sarache’s website for more information about his work. - Progarchy

"Abraham Sarache looks at relationships in a sophisticated way"

Sometimes real special stuff arrives to my inbox. This particular one is one of these things that picked my attention. I think it's a good thing to have a look on other music than the one you use to listen to or stuff that falls in between the so often mentioned genre borders.

This track of multi-instrumentalist Abraham Sarache mixes up a lot of acoustic guitars along with hard hitting drumming plus deeply emotional vocals all over it. The pretty amazing thing is that besides the heavyness that comes from the pushing and hard hitting drums there's enough space in the sound for the feelings and that the guitars gladly never get lost so there's always a melody going through the whole track.

Check it out for yourselves and mark your Facebook calenders since Abraham Sarache will play a special release show in support of the album "The Gardener" (from which this track has been taken) at Volta in Amsterdam on June 24th. The show will be recorded for a future live release.
You can purchase the track or the whole record now from iTunes and Spotify.

"The Gardener" is an alt/progressive rock concept album with the inclusion of folk instruments like ukulele and Venezuelan cuatro. To express the feelings involved, different kinds of voice registers are provided: from a soft, melodious or whispered voice to raspy voice. Various pads and synthesizers are used to give depth and warmth to the songs where an acoustic guitar with a low tuning predominates. A multicultural composition on the instrumental level and a progressive rhythmic base create an exquisite atmosphere of imbalance and peculiarity.

The philosophy behind the album is based on the fact that in any interpersonal relationship, whether it is a friendship or a romantic connection, there is a duality between the one that participates in an active way (The Gardener) and the one that does it in a passive way (The Flower).

“All of us at some point of our lives have a role of a gardener and in other moments we are flowers,” Sarache commented.

“We can all identify ourselves as the Gardener when we talk about a person we were looking after because we liked him or her, we wanted to know more about this person or we just wanted to spend more time with them, no matter what. We simply did everything possible to make things work.

“On the other hand, we have been also in situations when someone was interested in us in a special way, but the feeling was not mutual. We still wanted to maintain a relationship because we liked other aspects of that person's character. To this behavior I refer to as the Flower,” he continues.

“The Crush: Eyes of Fire” which opens The Gardener was awarded as the Best Alternative Rock Song by The Akademia Music Awards in May 2015. Sarache released a video single for the song, and he commented: “This is a very special video for me. My first video as a solo artist showing parts of my everyday in Madrid and Margarita Island where concept album The Gardener was conceived and recorded.”

For the upcoming show at Volta in Amsterdam on June 24th, Abraham Sarache will be joined by Dutch alternative/progressive rockers Amikdla. Visit Abraham Sarache's official website here. - Metal Underdogs

"“I based the album on an emotional hypothesis” (Spanish)"

No importa que una dirección musical esté inexplorada para abrirse camino hacia ella, y este poliédrico músico de origen venezolano y afincado en Ámsterdam, tras haber pasado en Londres buena parte del tiempo en que se desarrolló su recién editado debut ‘The Gardener’; lo sabe muy bien. Aunque el rock progresivo de mensajes introspectivos es su modus operandi más habitual, algunas de sus armas no son para nada frecuentes en su estilo, caso del cuatro venezolano – instrumento folclórico de aquel país –, lo cual es una razón de más para que JORGE GARCÍA MARTÍNEZ-ARRÁS investigue concienzudamente el suceso musical aquí acaecido. En la sala de interrogatorios, él, ABRAHAM SARACHE.

¿Cómo aprendiste a tocar los instrumentos folclóricos que suenan en tu álbum? ¿Cuáles tocas y cuál es tu instrumento principal?

“En el disco predomina el cuatro venezolano y la guitarra acústica, aunque también hay varios momentos con ukelele. El cuatro venezolano lo aprendí a tocar de manera autodidacta como el resto de instrumentos que toco. Simplemente, compré un manual de acordes y comencé a inclinar el sonido del instrumento hacia el rock y metal, que es la música que me gusta. Mi instrumento principal es la guitarra eléctrica, de ahí que ahora tenga dos cuatro eléctricos; así puedo combinar lo acústico y lo eléctrico en un solo instrumento. Me gustan los arpegios suaves y limpios, pero también me encantan los solos con mucha ganancia y delay“.

¿Cuáles son tus principales influencias? Tu disco, aunque recoge una buena parte del sonido progresivo tradicional, tiene un tono innegablemente moderno. ¿Te identificas con la escena del progresivo más reciente (Porcupine tree, Coheed and Cambria, Primus)?

“Mis influencias en general vienen del rock y metal alternativo: Deftones, A perfect Circle, Alice in Chains. Aunque siempre he escuchado mucho Dream Theater, Pagan’s Mind o Porcupine Tree por los arreglos técnicos en sus composiciones, la manera de hacer algo complejo y melodioso al mismo tiempo. Me siento más identificado con lo que está haciendo Leprous y Ramage Inc. Me gusta mucho Karnivool y Tool en general”.

Por otra parte, esos instrumentos acústicos que mencionábamos son también otra de las señas de identidad de tu trabajo. ¿Tienes referencias en la forma de tocarlos e integrarlos en tu estilo?

“La verdad es que siempre he escuchado a otros músicos decirme: “Eso no se toca así”, “La guitarra acústica es para cosas folk”, bla, bla, bla. Me gusta el metal y el rock en general, los efectos, probar diferentes afinaciones, etc; y eso a mucha gente no le gusta, sobre todo a los puristas. En el disco, la guitarra acústica está afinada en Drop B y el cuatro venezolano cumple una función más melódica que rítmica, lo cual no es lo tradicional. ¿Referencias para tocar los instrumentos? Improvisación. Ensayo y error. Escuchar lo que tienes dentro y tratar de expresarlo a través del instrumento”.

¿Te ha llevado mucho tiempo la composición y grabación del CD? ¿Es fruto de colaboraciones o has sido tú el que hizo la mayoría del trabajo?

“Compuse y grabé todos los temas del disco yo solo. Comencé el proceso de composición en noviembre de 2014 con el objetivo de resaltar los instrumentos acústicos, lo cual al principio me costó bastante, ya que venía de tocar en una banda de metal. Pero me mantuve enfocado y comencé a utilizar herramientas que no había utilizado antes. Me concentré más en las armonías vocales y melodías generales. Traté de hacer un disco más escuchable y menos técnico, por así decirlo”.

Las letras de tu trabajo se articulan en forma de disco conceptual, pero, a diferencia de la épica más tradicional, has escogido un motivo más introspectivo y humano. ¿De dónde surge la idea? ¿Cómo elaboraste las letras para todo el álbum?

“Surgen muchas cosas interesantes cuando comienzas a analizar a la gente, sus manías y su manera de ver y vivir la vida. Creo que todo el mundo vive y siente cualquier experiencia de una manera única, y si tienes la paciencia necesaria, lograrás ver un gran abanico de colores. He basado el álbum en una hipótesis emocional en la cual creo. La filosofía del álbum se basa en que en toda relación interpersonal, ya sea de amistad o romántica, existe una dualidad entre la persona que participa de manera activa y la que participa de manera pasiva. Las letras están basadas en mi propia experiencia personal, por eso lo he dividido en capítulos y he escrito un “Manual de instrucciones”; pero, como dije anteriormente, cada quien vive las experiencias de una manera única”.

Aun siendo un trabajo en solitario, has utilizado muchas capas de sonido simultáneas. ¿Tienes pensado llevar el álbum al escenario? ¿Cómo lo harías si es así?

“Actualmente estoy trabajando con dos multi-instrumentistas para poder tocar ‘The Gardener’ en vivo. Tanto el bajista como el baterista tienen una amplia experiencia en muchos géneros e instrumentos; aparte, yo utilizo un looper y una cantidad de efectos con el cuatro eléctrico que me permiten ir desde el sonido tradicional del cuatro venezolano hasta el sonido grave de una guitarra 7 cuerdas”.

¿Tienes algún consejo para la inmensa cantidad de jóvenes músicos que se embarcan en proyectos en solitario?

“Se tu mismo, cree en lo que haces, trabaja duro, sé autocrítico y escucha consejos de la gente que te rodea”. - Mariskal Rock

"Abraham Sarache Talks “The Gardener” Album"

Progressive/alternative rock musician based in Amsterdam Abraham Sarache will host a concert on June 24 at Volta in Amsterdam in support of his album “The Gardener“. In an interview for Rocking Charts Abraham told us about the album and the coming concert.

Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

Everything is fine, thanks for asking.

Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “The Gardener”?

An album that swims into the complexity of human relationships with the use of folk instruments such as ukulele and venezuelan cuatro.

What was it like working on the album?

Challenging and exciting. I have composed, played and recorded all the instruments, mixed and mastered whole the album.

Are there any touring plans in support to “The Gardener”?

Yes. Now we are focused on getting high standard performances in interesting places around The Netherlands

We will start on june 24th at Volta in Amsterdam for the album’s premiere.

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK. There are so many interesting places.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Human behaviour. All those repressed feelings behind the mask of routine and normality. How people nowadays are programmed to get a career, a car, a partner, a pet, a house, retire and die.

It is funny how people talk about that as a synonym of happiness.

What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

I listen to everything that goes into the Rock/Metal spectrum. From Pop Rock to Black Metal.

And of course different genres influences your playing abilities and approach. For instance I love to play heavy riffs on electric guitar, but soft melodic chords on piano.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

We are preparing interesting concerts for the future and there will be a new release on 2017. Rock on and keep your mind open. - Rocking Charts

"Progressive Metal New Releases: March 11, 2016"

Progressive Rock/Metal (another excellent album from the talented Mr. Sarache. The guy really has a way with producing intricate alternative heavy prog with the phenomenal use of acoustic guitars. There's a real sense of passion and emotional urgency to his music that we know you'll all love as much as we do!) - Prog Metal Zone

"Abraham Sarache - The Gardener (French)"

Multi-instrumentiste, auteur, compositeur et interprète Abraham Sarache nous propose The Gardener, un album de rock progressif qui met en lumière des instruments folkloriques, parmi lesquels le Cuatro Vénézuélien, créant des compositions multiculturelles sur un rythme progressif.
Un concept album basé sur le fait que « nous pouvons tous nous identifier au jardinier, (amoureux de ses plantes) quand nous parlons d’une personne que nous apprécions, que nous écoutons et que nous voulons aider en approfondissant les relations pour en savoir plus et faire avancer les choses ».
Les morceaux de cet album évoluent en fonction des émotions vécues en regard de nos implications avec les autres personnes.
Musicalement avec « The Crush: Eyes of Fire » et « Unwrap the Masks: Reflectionss » , voici deux bons exemples de morceaux dynamiques assaisonnés d’un mixage harmonieux, de rythmes rock progressif et de matériel plus ésotérique, pour nous surprendre. Pour suivre « First Round: Anymore » commence par cette partie lente à la guitare tout en arpèges, puis un riff vient rompre la mélopée, on entre alors dans les parties plus douces en une cascade instrumentale pour enfin éclater en apesanteur.
« Hope: Expect the Worst » Délicieuse introduction au Cuatro petite guitare de quatre cordes , qui va nous surprendre, par un morceau enlevé et rythmé. Une bonne ballade « Silence : A Sacred Place » sonorités très éclectiques, pour une mélancolie teintée de bonheur agrémentée à la fin d’un solo de guitare à se repasser en boucle.
« The Hunt: Always with You » une architecture empreinte de sonorités électroniques, utilisées à bon escient, tout au long d’un rock mid-tempo, un véritable effort sur la mélodie très agréable.
« Sweetness & Honesty: Confession » l’ambiance très soft du morceau ose le mariage et l’alternance avec une approche folklorique (latine et arabe) qui malgré un démarrage difficile permet à l’exercice de nous séduire partiellement. Dur et tranchant avec le reste de l’album, « Acceptance: Escapism » sait aussi flatter nos oreilles en se parant d’un refrain reposant sur une mélodie des plus réussies.
Pour clore The Gardener , « Closure: Fear is a World for Fools » un titre rock classique, un peu redondant, pas mauvais dans l’ensemble mais qui n’apporte rien musicalement.
La production est bonne et fait ressortir la voix de Abraham Sarache d’une manière assez synthétique, froide mais agréable. L’album sonne dans son ensemble comme un produit sophistiqué, où la qualité domine. Quelques faiblesses mais encourageant pour la suite……..! - Prog Critique

"Critic of Abraham Sarache - "The Gardener""

With hardly any introduction, twisted melodies of "The Crush" immerse us in the sonic maelstrom of Sarache, revealing a colorful landscape of shifting rhythms, electronic effects and bright notes folk. As the backbone, an admirably deep reflection based on a story about worldly love, devoid of epic elements and in connection with the most human side of the situation.

Musically, the album includes the neo-progressive legacy of bands like Marillion and Arena, and incorporates it into a modern repertoire, largely reminiscent of bands like Porcupine Tree ( "Unwrap the masks: Reflections"). Instruments such as the Venezuelan cuatro or the ukulele, recurring throughout the work in a more cosmetic paper in the background (due, perhaps, a little prominent role in the mix) qualify the identity of the album, no doubt it is meant to be heard whole (not only because of the lyrical concept, but also because of its fluid and cohesive songs).

Like all its genre, it is a record that requires patience, time and multiple listen; once you spend that little effort, it is seriously worth diving among the coral tunes here collected - Mariskal Rock

"The Gardener - Review"

"The spacey layers that kick off “The Crush: Eyes of Fire” are instantly transformative, surrounding its listener in a cosmos of celestial tones, shimmery guitar echoes, and serene rhythms evocative of Tool, Amplifier, Portishead, Pain of Salvation and Alice in Chains. These elements cascade around Sarache’s distinguishingly pensive yet robust voice wonderfully, aiding him in conveying an urgency akin to Layne Staley or Daniel Gildenlöw." - Prog Sphere


From Hate to Peace 2007
The Gardener 2016



Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who is guided by all the feelings that music can explore.
Experimental with unique folk instruments and different music genres, Abraham Sarache's implementation of the venezuelan cuatro as a new tool for rock and metal music, shows a new path for alternative sounds.

-Awarded as first place on "Melómanos" Mel de Galicia's music contest 2013.

-Publication of my course "Modernizing the cuatro" onwww.en.tucuatro.com (2015)

-Awarded as Best Alternative Hard Rock song by The Akademia Music Awards, May 2015

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