rock / experimental music / original soundtracks
“Ainara LeGardon is an endless goldmine of common goods who early on understood that music is everything. If we ever dare to think about how to improve the overall state of the matter both in music and in culture, LeGardon must surely be an example to follow. Witnessing her evolution is and will continue to be a spectacle of nature.” (Adriano Galante. Rock de Lux)
I’m a guitarist, singer and composer. I work in the sphere of rock, improvisational and experimental music, both solo and as part of different collectives (Archipiel, colectivo maDam…). I also collaborate currently with a number of dance and theatre companies, providing the live soundtrack to different stage pieces.
Since my first gig in 1991, I’ve performed my music on stages across Europe and United States. I started my own label in 2003, releasing with it my 7 solo albums to date: “In the mirror” (2003), “Each day a lie” (2005), “Forgive me if I don’t come home to sleep tonight” (2009), “We once wished” (2011), “Every Minute” (2014) —the latter two jointly released with Aloud Music Ltd.—, “Ainara LeGardon” (2017) and “Res-cue. The archive in the mouth” (2020).
Besides these recordings, I’ve devised sound and performance pieces such as “Ecosistemas sonoros piensan, aprenden” (2018) —the result of an artistic residence sponsored by Mugako-Festival de Música Avanzada—, the installation “Caementum” (2016) with media artist Jaime de los Ríos at the Museum Cemento Rezola (Donostia), or “El deseo como cemento” (2015) carried out in Wroclaw (Poland) during an artistic residence sponsored by the European Capital of Culture 2016, among others.
My process focuses on the interaction between the history and acoustic characteristics of the spaces where I perform. I approach this site-specific work using my voice, cassette recorders, analogue tape delays and different microphones. These elements and textures allow me to build an organic, ever-changing dialogue in real time, using feedback as a creative resource and tool.
My self-titled album, produced by Xabier Erkizia in 2017, opened up the possibility for me to bring together the different musical areas I explore, from the rawest rock to sound improvisation and experimentation. The lyrics, in Spanish for the first time, also reflected that search and balance of imaginaries.
“Res-cue. The archive in the mouth“ is released in 2020 in a limited edition box set that contains two cassettes, a digital download and a book. It is a work of “archeophony” in which I converse with my own archive, reflecting on music, memory and time, and celebrate while listening again to the frailty that builds strength into attempting.
I am currently working on “Mixtape: relecturas de un proceso de rescate“, a hybrid stage piece whose format is close to a performative conference.