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Publio Delgado

Publio Delgado

A globetrotting musician from Barcelona has gone all out in recreating a movement of one of German composer J. S. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Violoncello (BWV 1007-12). Singing 658 notes over 329 days in more than twenty-five cities across the world, Publio Delgado has managed to achieve his very own work of art. The result is a unique video travel log with a highly impressive soundtrack.

Explaining why he chose the first movement of Suite in G Major (BWV 1007), Delgado says, “I needed a piece composed only by a melody, without harmony, so I could just sing it by myself without having to depend on other people for other voices. This was perfect for it, not only because it met that requirement, but also because it’s a beautiful piece known worldwide.”

Each day, for just under a year, Publio found the time to sing two pitches in order to imitate this classical music extravaganza almost to perfection, despite having a very active social life. One moment he’s busy exploring a range of stunning landscapes across Japan, and the next he’s chilling on the beach back in Spain, riding the subway in NYC or playing in the snow in Boston. But, as filming spans such a long period of time, he’s often seen completing mundane tasks such as bathing, hanging up laundry or even lying down for a nap. In the footage, you are immediately thrown into the traveler’s exciting world as he spends time with close friends near and far. If only for a brief moment, it’s fantastic to see all the different backdrops that make up nearly a year of his carefree life.

Publio admits that he faced some technical difficulties while piecing the project together. One month before he finished, his editing software crashed and he lost all his hard work. But luckily he’d been keeping the videos in two different hard drives, just in case something like that happened, and he began reediting it from the beginning.

“I wanted to shoot the video in the most beautiful possible landscapes. For example, in Japanese island Hachijō-jima. I climbed up a mountain for three hours just to get a good shot of the island, and then I got lost on my way back, and it took me other three to four hours to get back to the village. Some other days, right before sleeping, I just realized I hadn’t recorded anything that day, so I just did whatever.”

During his time traveling, Publio says he did not have a specific route and booked tickets to different places on impulse, especially when he found a good deal and could afford it. “Every city/village/culture I visited has their own thing going on, their own strengths, their own weaknesses. Instead of deciding which one is the best, I’d rather just try to get influenced by the best of each place.”

Upon his return, is there anywhere where he’s desperate to travel to again?

“I try to travel places when they have their best weather. I like to go up north in Europe in summer, Asia in fall and spring and the south of Spain in winter.

“There are still a lot of places I haven’t been. I’ve never visited the southern hemisphere, and Africa, South America or Oceania are continents where I really, really want to go.”

And what advice would he give to anyone traveling around the world?

“Instead of visiting the tallest tower, the oldest temple, the biggest shopping mall, why not just try to live a daily life with local people, blend with their culture, eat where they eat, hang where they hang, and eventually become one more of them?”

Deborah WeitzmanMailOnline