ECHOES of SILENCE
PAUL BAKER HERNANDEZ
"I wish that history had allowed Victor and Paul to meet. They would have been friends." - Joan Turner Jara, wife of murdered Chilean singer-songwriter, Victor Jara.
"Paul's wonderfully poetic singing translations of Victor Jara's music are of enormous benefit to those of us with no Spanish." - Doug Adrianson, former cultural affairs editor, Los Angeles Times.
Live recording of one of Paul's greatest hits,
composed while working with coffee pickers in NIcaragua.
He's playing the original guitar he made from monastic scraps
ONE PLANET, ONE PEOPLE
NICARAGUA: THREAT OF AN ECO-REVOLUTION?
UK Speaking/Singing Tour
Oct 1 - 15 2018
Way back in the turbulent '60s, Bob Dylan’s 'Blowin’ in the Wind’ so inspired Paul,
a supposedly-silent hermit & Trappist monk, that he secretly made a guitar
from a retired toilet seat and a broken table, led a monastic revolution,
and, leaving the monastery practically in flames, took to the minstrel's road.
Nearly 50 years on, his music includes Scotland’s traditional ‘The Recruited Collier’,
‘Woody Guthrie’s ‘Union Maid’, Victor Jara’s ‘Prayer to the Laborer’; and even a little Gregorian Chant and Flamenco. Some of his own 'greatest hits' are:
'Frrrappuccino, Crrrappuccino (Anyone for Starbux?)',
'That !#$%^&!! Cell Phone!', and, 'I Thought I Heard Sweet Victor, Singing ... '.
Now living in revolutionary Nicaragua with his ex-guerrillera wife, Fatima Hernandez Chavarria,
he founded and coordinates ECHOESof SILENCE,
working and singing with (extra)ordinary people fighting for their lives
throughout Europe and Americas.
On tour, he tells their stories in a passionate blend of
song, analysis, information and practical projects,
in English and/or fluent Spanish, and supports:-
Ponies and Small Persons (Nags 'n' Nippers) - rescued street children/ponies in mutual tenderness on educational eco-farm, Carazo, Nicaragua
Justice for Bertha and Víctor campaigns -
Demand Bertha Caceres's killer be brought to justice, and that the US accede to Chile's formal request that Víctor Jara's convicted murderer be extradited to Chile
Declare Global Inter-Dependence! One Planet, One People. Call for Global InterDependence Day; Fly One World flag; Re-invent the UN; honor war dead: 2% all military money, material & person-power to bring fresh water to all
ALBA: The Revolution Roars Back - Latin America's New World Order: solidarity, ecology, racial/gender balance, cooperation. And it works!!
Presentations. Lectures, homilies, concerts, discussions: Media and Latin American study courses, unions, schools, faith communities, solidarity, environmental and other groups, conferences, lecture series = you name it, we do it! Fees by negotiation.. Plus, a bit of floorspace to sleep, a drop of Chilean red to keep cheerful, and some assistance with travel to get back on the road. Thanks.