Poetic And Musical Wednesdays At CaixaFòrum
Wednesday is a rare day. It is in the middle of the week and in the middle of the work activity, we no longer remember last weekend and for the next there are still several days. For all that, it is usually a pretty dull day … until now, because for lovers of poetry and music it will be their favorite day this summer.
The reason is the splendid program that CaixaFòrum is preparing for the coming weeks, in which it offers small great shows of these two arts in its Nits d’Estiu. And, as usual, at affordable prices (9 euros, 50% discounts for CaixaBank customers). Verses and melodies, an original summer offer for cultural gourmets .
Poetry and music
The poetic recitals will take place every 15 days in the Patio Inglés, always at 10 pm, and they open tonight with a very attractive staging. I love you, Benedetti (The country and the exile), a tribute to the Uruguayan poet by the actor Alberto San Juan and the composer and guitarist Fernando Egozcue .
In it we will not only hear his poems and prose but also those of other authors who suffered or wrote about exile such as Cernuda, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Gioconda Belli, Galeano, Cristina Peri Rossi or Cortázar. On July 21 it will be the turn of the Catalan poet Enric Casasses, a thoughtful and philosophical artist , who will be accompanied by Don Simón and Telefunken,two musicians who define their style as “traditional space music” and who use the instruments of a rock band for their electronic pop. The show is called Orbiten and consists of 19 songs based on 17 short poems and two instrumentals.
In August, on the 4th, Before you throw my things, with the writer Violeta Gil and Abraham Boba , singer of the group León Benavente. It is the staging of the homonymous book of the first turned into a montage that combines dance, music and performance to review the experience of the poet during the time she spent in Iowa and her return to Madrid, a time that she took review her work and herself.
It also combines these three artistic disciplines Versonautas , the Valencian group formed by Roqui Alberto and Ana Sanahuja, who presents their first work, Astro Azul. It is a conceptual album that talks about the origin, where one experiences with the word and jazz, trumpets, piano melodies and synthesizers. A trip to a secret place through musical textures in a minimalist tone, electronic environments, recited verses and some songs sung.
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Classic, gospel and swing
The musical offer also begins today and will alternate performances in the Auditori and in the English Patio (when there are no poetic recitals), at different times. And it will begin with Breaking Bach (7.30pm and 9.30pm), a daring concert by the pianist Carles Marigó, created expressly for tonight and included in this edition of the Bachcelona Festival.
It consists of combining the music of Johan Sebastian Bach with the audiovisual resources, created by Francesc Isern, and improvisation in a visual and sound, creative and unique spectacle. Gospel lovers have an appointment on the 14th with Black Pearls of Gospel (10pm), a group made up of five women who sing as one and touch our hearts. Afeminine vindication that is expressed through her joys, struggles, defeats and victories and through a great discharge of sensitivity, determination and energy on stage.
The classical group Hirundo Maris , which brings together Arianna Savall (soprano, triple baroque harp, Romanesque harp) and Petter Udland Johansen (tenor, hardingfele , baroque violin and mandolin) together with Sveinung Lilleheier on guitar and Miquel Àngel Cordero on double bass. , proposes La Rosa de Los Vientos (21st, 7.30pm).
It is a suggestive musical journey along the coasts and seas through instrumental pieces and poetry, combining ancient and traditional music, own compositions and free improvisation , while at the same time fusing the Mediterranean aroma with the Nordic tradition.
And, to close July, the best swing with a great Australian saxophonist, Professor Adrian Cunningham and his Old School(28th, 10 pm), one of the great bands of this style. This group, made up mostly of Catalan musicians, specializes in jazz, rhythm & blues and New Orleans sound and offers a repertoire that covers all jazz styles and eras up to the present day.
Mozart, manouche and latin jazz
We will return to the classical in August with Mozart: Beyond Bel Canto (4, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.), an informative concert devised by the journalist and communicator Marcel Gorgori that will feature the soprano Isabella Gaudí, the baritone Carles Pachón and the pianist Josep Buforn.
This montage aims to bring the Austrian composer closer to the public through Gorgori’s explanations illustrated with the artists’ interpretations . On August 11 there will be a double proposal. It will start with the jazz manouche of Le Pink Tzigane(7.30pm), a picturesque group of characters that was born in the corridors of the Barcelona metro and that presents a repertoire with classics of the genre and standards by Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington or Miles Davis.
And then The Gourmets Vocal Quartet ( 10pm ), four solo voices that offer fresh and direct gospel, but also delve into other genres such as soul. A fresh and powerful concert , full of feeling and rhythm.
On August 18 we will discover Found Voices (7.30pm), a musical project that arises from the combination of four great jazz musicians: double bass player Reinier Elizarde, Jorge Pardo on flute and sax and Cuban Pepe Rivero on piano accompanied by the warm voice of the very young Marina Lledó.
This quartet will guide us on a journey through Brazilian, Spanish and Cuban cultures with classics with original arrangements and their own songs . Latin jazz with imagination, versatility and improvisation. Antonio Serrano will close the cycle with his Tootsology (August 25, 10 p.m.), a tribute to the Belgian guitarist, harmonica master and jazz composer, Toots Thielemans.
The concert aims to review his career, from the 50s to the present day, of a musician who recorded with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald or Quincy Jones. Now that Wednesdays don’t seem so boring? And this is not all because the next one they will start an interesting cycle of screenings with many surprises that we will review in a future article.