Tatiana Hargreaves, a lecturer at UNC, loves “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez — so much that she based her solo fiddle album on it.
Hargreaves' love for literature and music sparked the release of the album, titled "Soledad," which means "solitude" in Spanish.
“I guess it started as an exploration of what magical realism would sound like as a musical genre,” Hargreaves said. “‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ has been one of my favorite books since I was really young, so when I was reading it for the first time in Spanish, I started improvising, inspired by different characters or themes in the book, and then those developed into the four themes of the suite.”
Hargreaves grew up attending Oregon bluegrass festivals and watching her older brother play string instruments. She began learning the fiddle herself at 3 years old.
While she has released music in duets and with her band, Hard Drive, Hargreaves said this album was different from any of her previous projects.
“This was just solo fiddle, so it was kind of a different process,” Hargreaves said. “Since it’s just one instrument on the recording, I wanted it to be a very full sound.”
Hargreaves said the music itself is inspired by reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in its original language, Spanish.
“His language is so rich and powerful and beautiful, just the way he strings together sentences in his word choice,” Hargreaves said. “It’s very musical writing.”
Both the folk inspiration and the cyclical nature of Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” resonated with Hargreaves and led to the structure of "Soledad." Hargreaves was inspired by the nonlinear structure of the book and noticed it coincided with the way she makes music.