like a good cup of mocha coffee. It tells about turbans in the
wind and colourful, bustling fairs. Stories made up in old taverns,
around dented coffee pots placed on knotty tables. The effects
of the coffee bean were once discovered by goatherds in Abyssinia.
Their goats would be up and about all night after consuming large
amounts of those beans. The news traveled rapidly across teh Orient,
where the first coffee houses opened. They were considered wicked
places, where the first coffee houses opened. The attempt to ban
this devilish brew failed due to the people's strong resistance.
Mocha, a city on the Red Sea, gave this black drink its name.
From there, teh Arab countries shipped teh merchandise over the
seas. Today teh pleasant scent of many different kinds of freshly
ground coffee is still making its way through the cultures of
both Orient and Occident.
Every note which can be heard on Mocca Flor is played by Quadro
Nuevo itself. Our ensemble consists of a Spanish guitar, saxophones,
an accordion and a double-bass. In addition, we used some more
unusual - and even exotic - instruments: the gusle from Montenegro,
the Greek bouzouki, the Neapolitan mandolin and Mr. Hokema's mafical
sansula, which is related to the calimba. We also used the psalter
which dates back to the Old Testament, various types of clarinets
and drums such as the udu-drum and tarabuka, the Italian-made
blow accordion called Vibrandoneon, the bansoneon and the ukulele.
To that we added knocking and rattling sounds, the whizzing of
the willow rod and toys from our children's nurseries.