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Patricio Rey’s heart turns seven decades old

Patricio Rey's heart turns seven decades old

Skay Beilinson (La Plata, 01/15/1952) he never left very firm biographical traces, In the seven decades of life that he has lived until today, there has not been much emphasis on self-documenting. Despite being a key figure in the history of Argentine rock, prefers to slip away like a ghost.

And although the opposite of his former friend, partner and nemesis? the Solari Indian, chose not to isolate himself and be a public person (He runs errands, goes out to eat, runs periodically through Palermo, often goes to drink in his friends’ bars). He has developed a gift without a label, halfway between invisibility and a shy fragility that invites one not to approach him.

And if they do, they won’t be as visible the clear eyes that encouraged Martha Minujin to baptize it “sky” in those times when the Instituto Di Tella and rock weren’t separate issues.

Skay’s preaching seems to rest on the example. The most recent, for example, occurred on his return to live shows, leading his band (Los Fakires) at the Movistar Arena in Villa Crespo. In front of more than ten thousand witnesses, he decided to give a premiere first (the contracted blues-rock of pigeons and ladders) adding to it, glued, the most celebrated theme of local music, hee hee hee.

Thus, in that sonorous hinge, present and past, his current soloist and the anthem of Patricio Rey and his Redonditos de Ricota came together in the same breath, also unlocking the logical story of his show in a happy anticlimax. Nostalgia is never a resource or option in this artist or in his work.

Sakay, Next To Poly.  More Than Half A Century Of Love.

Sakay, next to Poly. More than half a century of love.

“This is a story about artistic freedom, religion, political ambiguity, self-study, and making art under a repressive regime.” The same thing that the film director Andrei Tarkovsky once said about the 15th-century Russian artist Andrei Rubliov, the subject of his celebrated film, could describe Skay’s long road.

From now on, it links geographically with the direct origins of his surname, which come from Baku (Azerbaijan) where his father Aaron was born, a former Soviet republic, and current country, in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea. And not so far from Georgia, another former republic that the Beatles winked at. Back in USSR, that theme that opened the White Album, published just as the young Skay was passing through Europe, in 1968.

artistic freedom

It is the one that weighted integrating the Holy Trinity of local independent rock, together with Indio Solari and his life partner, the Black Poly, when he founded Patricio Rey and his Ricotta Rounds. They were not the first, but they were the ones that went the furthest, until they established themselves as a unique phenomenon in the world.

From the way of composing their songs to generating their shows and distributing their records, they made the text manual that, once effective and oiled, facilitated the movements of all the most successful Argentine rock from the ’90s to date. His solo career, which has already taken two decades of study and travel, is faithful to the ways traced since the end of the ’70s.

The Rounds.  With Indio Solari He Formed A Historic Duo.  A Society That Lasted A Quarter Of A Century.

The Rounds. With Indio Solari he formed a historic duo. A society that lasted a quarter of a century.

Its music

When the enlightened, brilliant and mischievous serial no-nonsense Indio Solari “tries” to praise his former partner in the documentary Tsunami: an ocean of peopleand, does not avoid falling into the trap of his own tyrria.

“There are three solos by Skay that seem wonderful to me: the one by a whole stick, the one of black label and I’m going to forget the third one because I’m big”. Solari, a fan of editing as part of the creative system, knows that he is in the middle of a documentary and that a snap of the fingers would be enough to request a cut and repair the pothole, but no. It’s done like that.

In his sayings, amplified in the memoir Memories that lie a little, the creative contribution of his former partner in Los Redonditos de Ricota is minimal. Almost insignificant. Curious everything, and incomplete until Skay answers the shots by elevation.

Suspicious, too, from the reduction of the Indian to the role of “solo maker”, when one of the many outstanding skills of the guitarist is his ability to orchestrate songs, with riffs, bridges, solos and phrasing that become as chanted as the lyrics themselves.

In the style of Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Beilinson does not build songs, but sound cathedrals: anthems of an architecture forged in a very own style, which continues to be part of the aesthetic conformation of his seven solo albums, and even of the very interesting material that was uploaded during the pandemic, one topic per month.

That many of the early Redonditos musicians remember him as the one who directed the rehearsals with a whistle-pendulum on his chest to tame the seminal chaos would not clear up the goals either. The songs remain, and their imprint is undeniable.


The Birth Of Patrick King.  Skay, Mid '70S, Searching For Her Destiny.

The birth of Patrick King. Skay, mid ’70s, searching for her destiny.

One of the most important decisions made by the creative nucleus of Los Redondos, of which Guillermo Beilinson (Skay’s brother) was also a part, was to eradicate the possibility of a leader from the project. Then, Patricio Rey, a nobody, a demiurge, a fictional character behind whom they could form a column, Los Redonditos.

It is inferred that the real reason for the end of the band, at the beginning of this millennium, could have been with the moment in which the Indian began to establish himself as an individual entity, above the incorporeal Patricio Rey, beyond the assumed examples of disagreements economic and other minutiae of the internal band.

Outside of conjecture, Skay always showed his spiritual side, never establishing himself in traditional religious niches, despite having Jewish blood in his veins. Rather, it can be considered as a curious and pantheistic man, in permanent search for symptoms and signs of enlightenment.

In your passport, it’s just as easy to find stamps from places like Fez, Istanbul, and Jerusalem as it is from Paris, Berlin, or London. And in his interviews, he prefers never to fall for Indio Solari’s raunchiness and instead leave his concerns at the forefront. “The mystery is to exist”he told Clarion, 2016.

art under repression

It is not told by legend, but by Beilinson himself on more than one occasion, who when, together with Poly and a group of friends, they retreated from the city to the countryside to end up in a community experience in Pigüé (southwest of the province of Buenos Aires) the then pigeon of a musician lived happy days.

He communicated with the birds and was close to following in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi when his parents removed him from that idyllic world with a diagnosis of “mystical neurosis.”

that was a short time before the ERP (People’s Revolutionary Army) kidnapped his father in 1973 and put the family’s life in jeopardy, have a very good time until then.

His next exiles from inland, always carried out with Poly, would be in the second part of the ’70s and would have destinations as extreme as Salta (a couple of years in the hardness of the clearing) and Mendoza (to try to straighten a warehouse that gave lost).

Skay Beilinson, In The '80S.  The Time Of Pubs And The First Hymns.  When The Subsequent Massiveness Was Something Unsuspected..

Skay Beilinson, in the ’80s. The time of pubs and the first hymns. When the subsequent massiveness was something unsuspected..

In both cases, the reasons had a triple play: 1) Continue to avoid the citizen routine. 2) Seek to obtain income from land or businesses that the Beilinson family had maintained despite the post-bailout bankruptcy. 3) Being off the radar of the installed state violence that began with Triple A during the government of Isabel Perón and would intensify with the Military Coup of 1976.

In fact, it was the need to return to La Plata from time to time and get together with his old friends that would serve as an excuse to speed up and oil the times of Patricio Rey and his Ricotta Rounds as a carnival vehicle for so much sorrow, absence, pain and distance.

self learning

Skay, A Light In His Own Darkness.  Photo Martin Bonetto.

Skay, a light in his own darkness. Photo Martin Bonetto.

No Guru, No Methor, No teacher. As established by the legendary musician Van Morrison on one of his albums (No guru, no method and no teacher), Skay managed to create an unmistakable style on his own.

He was 17 years old when he attended a Jimi Hendrix show at the Royal Albert Hall From london (February 1969) and a few months later he was returning to La Plata with bombs like Led Zeppelin’s debut album.

That, for a man who always functioned as a sensitive antenna, it was enough. But not definitive. From what he gathers, his followers made one of the more tender and accurate songs that can be heard on the local scene.

“It’s a special night/ you’re not going to miss it/ it touches the heart/ of Patricio Rey”. Because where the Indian was assumed as the face of the legend (and Black Poly, silent ventriloquist of the ricotero dream, could be the liver), Skay beats and smiles, as assuming that not all dreams are lost.


Reference from clarin