Ultramar is the result of the artistic communion between some of the best musicians and composers from different ambits of the contemporary music scene, and one of the most important voices of the Mediterranean and of the traditional canço in the world. The recording studio, as the hours went by, became a workshop of songs where intuition quickly became artisanship. Being the executive producer means signing up for the dream of a creator and attempting to make it possible. We were in Cuba making Ultramar, like when we were in Syria making Amic, Amat, or in Mallorca making Raixa. But accompanying Maria del Mar in this step beyond, approaching another sea, preparing in the form of an album the celebration of 50 years’ performing, free from revisions and nostalgias on the other side of the world, has been a unique experience. Difficult to repeat.
Those of us who have worked in the background have attended a recital of never-ending affections and great artistic harmonies. After so many journeys these recent years working in Cuba with so many other projects, with Ultramar I have had the pleasure of witnessing how Maria del Mar moved around and lived in Havana as if she was doing so around the streets of Palma. I remember that when we finished recording, after weeks working and living in Cuba, one day she approached me and said: – I have to tell you something Yanni. Every day I like Havana more.