In the score of Ithaca, a trip for a flautist, you can read that I wrote it between July 19 and August 9, 2012. But the truth is that I started composing that work a long time before. When, exactly? I don’t know. Perhaps the first time I looked carefully, moved, at the silhouette of a dragon, perched in the waters of the Pacific, of the Island of Todos Santos. Maybe I conceived it the first time I traveled outside Ensenada, the first time I felt that gap, deaf and painful, that I still feel every time I leave. Maybe it was when I read The Iliad and The Odyssey for the first time, at the age of 8 or 9. Although, surely, the correct answer is still at an earlier date, at some point in 1975, when, being a baby of months of birth, my parents decided to come and live in this, which, now I understand, is the rarest town in Mexico. Many people feel an inexplicable attraction to Ensenada. My boss used to say that it was a magnetic place. I don’t know that. I only know that things happen here that don’t happen anywhere else and that my music is anchored here, as in Ithaca are the kingdom, the family, the memory, the imagination and the heart of Odysseus.

– Wilfrido Terrazas

Cero Records

Released December 1, 2020

Recorded by Andrew Munsey at Studio A, UC San Diego, January 22 and 23, 2019.
Mixing and mastering by Ramón del Buey at El Palacio de Asturias, Mexico City, August-September 2019.
Photograph by Alex Espinosa.
Produced by Wilfrido Terrazas.
Graphic design by Juan Pablo Betancourt.
Phonogram production by Alejandro Colavita.